Biomorphic Pattern Making Workshop

Biomorphic Pattern Making Workshop - CJ Shelton

Event Date:

March 23, 2024

Event Time:

10:00 am

Event Location:

The Alton Mill Arts Centre

Welcome spring by creating a beautiful mandala of organic and geometric shapes

DATE: Saturday, March 23, 2024
TIME:  10:00 am to 1:30 pm (3.5 hours)
LOCATION:  In-person @ Studio #206 on the upper level of The Alton Mill Arts Centre
FEE:  $150 + HST per person

Nature is full of incredible patterns. Everywhere we look we can see intricate patterns from the expansive spirals of distant galaxies to the delicate symmetry found within a leaf or a flower.

The traditional art of Islam takes inspiration from these natural patterns, combining them with geometric shapes to create “tiles” or mandala-like designs. Known as biomorphic patterns the results are floral-based, organic and free flowing elements set within some sort of geometric framework such as a circle or square.

In this workshop you will learn to draw and paint a biomorphic style pattern along the lines of a traditional Islamic design but with lots of room to experiment and allow your own unique design to emerge. Real elements gathered from nature such as flowers, leaves, shells, etc. will be used for inspiration with aspects of them integrated with a geometric shape such as a circle or square to create a beautiful and harmonious design.

The mediums we will be using are ink (marker) to create the black outlines typical of Islamic designs plus acrylic paints (used solid as well as more diluted like watercolour) and metallic inks to add colour. Your piece will be created on canvas that you can take home ready to hang.

No special artistic skills are needed to enjoy this workshop which combines all the relaxation benefits of right-brain intuitive art-making with a bit of left-brain logic.

Fee includes all materials. This is an in-person workshop limited to only 5 participants which means you get lots of one-on-one help.

Any questions can be emailed to

CANCELLATION POLICY. Please note that all workshops are non-refundable if you are a no-show, cancel or change your mind at the last minute. A raincheck for another workshop may be offered if there are extenuating circumstances that prevent you from attending but this will be solely at the discretion of the instructor. In the event a class needs to be cancelled due to weather or other unforeseen reasons it will be rescheduled, fully refunded or a credit applied to another workshop.

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  • The Alton Mill Arts Centre
  • 1402 Queen St. W., Studio #206
  • Alton
  • ON
  • L7K 0C4
  • Canada

Event Schedule Details

  • March 23, 2024 10:00 am   -   1:30 pm
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