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SAOG Studios is an independent arts studio based at the idyllic Emerson College campus, Forest Row, East Sussex (1 hour south of London/20 mins Gatwick Airport). We run regular practise-based short courses in the sacred and traditional arts of the world led by expert tutors. Courses include: Rose window geometry, Alchemy of pigment and pattern, Sacred geometry and mandalas, Stained glass, Islamic pattern, Ceramic tiles, Basketry, Celtic pattern and much more.
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Learn the alchemy and processes involved in making your own set of watercolour and gouache paints. The roots, berries and minerals that we will be precipitating, grinding and binding, all have layered correspondences that link to the planetary archetypes.
Using compasses and straight-edge we will create mandalas that also resonate with the planetary patterns.
The symbolism and character of colour in different traditions will be explored as we apply our paints to patterns to reveal...
Next Course: A three-day course exploring the philosophy and practice of labyrinths ...
Learn the art of labyrinth design and construction. Construct labyrinths including the classical seven circuit 'Cretan' and Chartres Labyrinth using compasses and straight-edge. Develop an understanding and appreciation of labyrinth forms - ancient and modern - from around the world: how, why, and for whom are they made?
What is their significance and symbolism and why the contemporary resurgence of interest in...
Explore the geometric genius of the Persian master-craftsmen. Learn the art of compass and straight-edge construction and create a dazzling portfolio of patterns from the Persian tradition.
Taught by SacredArtofGeometry senior tutor Daniel Docherty
Try your hand at hexagonal weave basketry and make a hexagonal-weave basket while discovering pattern and unity in nature and many of the world’s traditional cultures. Deepen your understanding of the order in nature and how to apply principles of harmony such as the golden ratio into your work and design practice. You'll also learn how to weave a traditional willow tatza (celtic knot) basket and woven spheres.