The Dance of Earth and Venus

with Daniel Docherty

22, 23 July 2021   

This course is fully booked. 

(Bookings now open for 7 - 9 January 2022)

10:00-17:00   Cost: £130 

SAOG Studios 

Emerson College, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JX, UK

Kiss of Venus
Dance of Earth and Venus (linkline pattern by Daniel Docherty/SAOG Studios)
Venus Pentagram

The Dance of Earth and Venus results in one of the most beautiful and breathtaking rhythms and patterns of the solar system. Every eight Earth years (13 Venus years) they dance a pentagonal form in space akin to the pip-star inside your apple or the petals of a primrose flower! During this course we will learn how to draw this incredible pattern using the traditional tools of compass and straight-edge; we will explore the key aspects of Earth and Venus' cycles that determine such extraordinary heavenly harmony.

And time allowing ... with copper leaf and watercolour paint made from malachite and azurite - which in the Hermetic/Alchemical tradition have forever been associated with the planet Venus - we will create stunning mandalas embodying the Earth/Venus dance ...

'The dance of venus course was a mind-blowing, heart-opening experience!'

'Thank you for a magical course where time and space merged and disappeared!

Thank you for your kindness, poetry, patience, gift of sharing the spheres, planets and other joys ... I travelled out of my comfort zone and into magical realms of remembering and letting go. I have been transported way beyond any expectations ...'

(extr. from 2019 course participants feedback)

Dance of Venus
 

The Art and Craft of Labyrinth 

A two-day introductory course exploring the philosophy and practice of labyrinths 

with Daniel Docherty

24, 25 July 2021   Cost: £130  Details

Last two places

SAOG Studios (Ruskin East)

Emerson College, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JX, UK

Feedback from recent course participants ...

'Wonderful course with a good mix of theoretical techniques, practical skills and magic!'

'An outstanding course. Rich in techniques to go along with the mind boggling art of sacred geometry.' 

'Just brilliant with a touch of magic!'  

Click for further feedback

Please note: SAOG Studios is running an extended five-day Art and Craft of Labyrinth course 15 - 19 November 2021

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Rainbow Labyrinth
Art and Craft of Labyrinth
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Abingdon Labyrinth by Daniel Docherty

Alhambra Arabesque

with Adam Williamson

21, 22 August 2021   

10:00-17:00   Cost: £130  Book Today

SAOG Studios 

Emerson College, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JX, UK
 

Drawing the Court of Lions stucco-work facade

Join Adam Williamson for this two day intensive exploring the stunning rosette

panel in the Court of Lions, Alhambra Palace, Granada. 

We will draw the full extended geometric and biomorphic pattern complete with multiple rosettes.

This composition is full of profound secrets and mysteries and variations of it are found all over the Alhambra Palace. 

This class is open to all ability levels

Art and pics below courtesy of Adam Williamson; they incl. the recent work of artists studying patterns online with @adamwilliamsonart

 

The Art of Traditional Egg Tempera Painting

(incorporating the craft of traditional gesso making and gesso panel preparation)

with Dr David Cranswick

30 August - 3 September 2021

10:00-17:00   Cost: £385  Book Today​​

SAOG Studios 

Emerson College, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JX, UK

Egg Tempera Painting

Egg tempera has been practiced by artists for over two thousand years. It is one of the most durable and beautiful paints in the history of art. Students will discover how master practitioners of this art form prepared their pigments from the earth, rocks and plants and mixed with egg yolk to make their tempera paint.

Today egg tempera is becoming increasingly appreciated for its remarkable qualities of luminosity and durability.

Egg has a unique quality of transmitting light, giving to colours a luminosity and depth of tone unattainable in other mediums. During the workshop students will be carefully guided through the different stages of the technique.

Commencing with the traditional gesso making process, participants will then make an outline drawing (cartoon) before transferring it to their gesso panel. Over this the painting is then developed in layers of earth colour, from darkness to light. From out of this tonal composition the subject of the painting is gradually modelled and brought to life. Through the interplay of tone and colour, lighter tones are refracted from beneath, through the transparent layers, to the colours above, giving luminosity and depth to the subject. The unique quality of this classical technique resides in this profound interplay of tone and colour, structured in multiple layers of transparent paint. 

Underlying these classical painting techniques and craft practises is a traditional philosophy which has its roots in Plato and the Hermetic tradition of Alchemy. Traditionally the craft practices are an embodiment of traditional knowledge and wisdom. It is through the discipline and training in traditional craft practices and technical disciplines that wisdom of this craft is gradually revealed 

 

Inks and Ochres:

An introduction to foraged colour

with Daniel Docherty and Vija Docherty 

4, 5 September 2021

10:00-17:00   Cost: £130  Book Today​​

SAOG Studios 

Emerson College, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JX, UK

Natural Pigment

A practical and participatory two-day introductory course for anyone wanting to develop a deeper relationship to ink and ochre. We will walk in the beautiful Ashdown Forest; we will reverently forage minerals and materials which we will transform - through various alchemical processes - into pigment, paint and ink. These endeavours will be accompanied by exercises in contemplative pattern construction and plein-air sketching.

 

The Art of Projective Geometry

Spirals, Buds and Vortex Forms

with Sophia Montefiore

New course dates tbc 

Cost: £195 (limited conc. available upon request)
Book today 
SAOG Studios (Ruskin East)
Emerson College, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JX, UK
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Projective Geometry at SAOG Studios
Projective Geometry at SAOG Studios
Projective Geometry_ Spirals, Buds and Vg

We are eagerly looking forward to welcoming Australian based Artsist/Educator and Projective Geometry expert

Sophia Montefiore back to SAOG Studios for a Summer 2021 Projective Geometry course. Participants will be introduced to the fundamental and profound principles of this unique art form through drawing/construction and colour work focussing on Spirals, Buds and Vortex Forms.  

 

Just back home from my travels after the UK. Thanks to Sophia, Vija, Daniel and all who attended the course for making it such an enjoyable and instructive learning experience. There was some really beautiful work done by everyone. For my part, I hope to be able to continue working on projective geometry and to build on what we have learnt in the two days at Emerson, it was magic ...

Keith Wiskin July 2019

 

... so grateful for all that I learnt and was blessed to receive over the two days ...

It is amazing how much you can learn and I gained so much inspiration from everyone.

Thank you Sophia, Daniel and Vija.

I hope that there will be a part 2!

Lucy Horswill July 2019

 

Order in Space 

Carving the Platonic Solids in Stone

A practical exploration of the five fundamental 'Platonic' forms

with Daniel Docherty and Nicholas G. Durnan

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7-11 September 2021

10:00-17:00   Cost: £385 ​ Details/bookings

SAOG Studios/Ruskin East,
 Emerson College, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JX, UK
​​

Join Daniel Docherty and master stone-mason Nicholas G. Durnan for this week-long course where participants will learn the principles of Order in Space through a deep study and immersion in the five platonic solids. Daniel will lead the first two days where we will familiarise and befriend the forms as we draw, model and weave them in various ways and at various scales.

The focus of the Thurs/Fri/Sat sessions will be on the carving of the forms in stone. 

It is likely that particpants will be able to carve a full set of all five 'Platonic' solids.

 

... I had such a fabulous weekend! It was Awesome to carve The 5 Platonic Solids & I loved every minute. I have a deeper understanding of them after carving them & I feel like I’ve been initiated into something rather sacred. I’ve also discovered that I utterly adore carving stone ...
Another truly nourishing & enriching time at the SAOG Studio, I grow every time I come.
A million Thank You’s Daniel & Nick & until next time.
I’d absolutely love to carve more! Please let me know about any future plans & if I’m in the country I’ll be there!

Sara Hall - Participant on SAOG Studios' Intro. to the Platonic Solids and Carving the Platonic Solids in Stone courses Oct. 2019

The Platonic Solids
The Platonic Solids
The Platonic Solids
The Platonic Solids
 Platonic Solids
The Platonic Solids

 Moroccan Geometric Patterns

A one-day introductory course 

with Daniel Docherty 

17 September 2021

10:00-17:00   Cost: £65 ​ Bookings

SAOG Studios/Ruskin East,
 Emerson College, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JX, UK
 

This one-day course will focus on the construction of some beautiful Moroccan geometric patterns using the traditional geometers' tools of compass and straightedge. Daniel Docherty will lead the class in a gently guided, step-by-step manner suitable for both beginners and experienced alike.

Moroccan Geometry at SAOG Studios
 

 The Art of Zouaq Painting

with Natasha Mann 

(http://www.natasha-mann.com)

18, 19 September 2021

10:00-17:00   Cost: £140  Book today

SAOG Studios 
Emerson College, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JX, UK

This two-day course, led by Natasha Mann, will introduce students to the Art of Zouaq.

Zouaq is a painting technique original to Morocco which creates arresting and powerful designs.

Found painted onto ceilings, doors, furniture and wooden objects it is an integral part

of the decoration of private homes and sacred spaces in Morocco.

Students will also be given an introduction to the history of Zouaq and its different styles.

Using the traditional techniques of egg tempera painting using hand ground natural pigments from earth and minerals, participants will choose their favourite design from a portfolio of Moroccan geometric patterns (ideally drawn during the prior Moroccan Geometric Pattern course (17 Sept. 2021) to create a stunning painting on wood to take home

Moroccan Zouaq Painting
Zouaq with Natasha Mann
Moroccan Zouaq Painting
 

Sacred Art of Geometry 

an introductory course

with Daniel Docherty

25, 26 September 2021
SAOG Studios (Ruskin East)
Emerson College, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JX, UK
10:00-17:00   Cost: £120  Book now
Delve into the deep mysteries of Sacred Geometry - 'Art of the Ever-True', under the gentle guidance of SAOG Studios' senior tutor Daniel Docherty. You will learn how to draw the primary four, five and six fold  'Creation' Diagrams with the traditional geometer's tools of compass and straightedge. You will be introduced to the inherent symbolism of these symmetries and how they may be developed into a myriad of pattern possibilities. The pace of this weekend course will be set with beginners in mind and there will be time to enjoy conversation and colour ... and of course tea, coffee and cake!!!
Sacred Art of Geomety: an introductory couse
Sacred Geomety introductory couse
Sacred Geomety: introductory couse
Sacred Geomety: an introductory couse

Feedback from Oct. 2020 course

'... beyond expectations ...'

'What a wonderful couple of days!

Thanks so much. You hit the "beginners" note perfectly.

So much fascinating information. I really hope to be back for more ...'

'Heartfelt philosophy that resonates with our deepest wish expressed through design, colour and skilled instruction.

Who could not feel gratitude at this sharing.'

'Absolutely amazing and fantastic. I had a great weekend. I’ve been exploring geometry for just over a year now and this was a wonderful weekend of getting my foundation stones in a better order, sorted and a little more settled. I think it’s always good to revisit the fundamentals. I learnt so much and was reminded of a lot I had forgotten. I feel much more confident in my skills after the weekend. I’ll definitely be back to do another, it helped me put some of the pieces of the puzzle together. For me, it’s essential to remember the sacredness of these images every time I draw a pattern. It’s an adventure and an initiation into something magical and this weekend really brought that home to me. As ever Daniel, I’m truly grateful to you ... thank you so much for remaining open ... for holding the light and offering a portal to the divine for those who wish to step through it ... It’s heaven on Earth! '

 

Mandala and the Art of Henna

with Daniel Docherty and Sheetle Shah

New 2021 dates tbc 

10:00-17:00   Cost: £130   Book Today​

SAOG Studios 

Emerson College, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JX, UK

 

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Join Daniel Docherty and Sheetle Shah for this practical two-day course exploring sacred pattern and the art of henna.

On the first day of the course Daniel will give an overview of the practice and philosophy of Mandalas from various traditions.

Participants will be introduced to certain key characteristics and significant  symbolism inherent within traditional Mandalas. We will learn how to construct some of these sacred patterns using the traditional tools of compass and straightedge.

Sheetle, a henna artist with 20 years of experience with this traditional art form, will guide participants through the processes of making and preparing henna paste 'from scratch'. You will learn how to apply intricate patterns to paper, hands or feet depending on your preference! Henna is a natural pigment with remarkable staining qualities. You will learn how it is traditionally applied to hands and feet during festivals and celebrations; today, henna is also applied for ‘belly blessings’, cosmetic tattoos, semi-permanent face painting, hair dye and has developed many other creative roles.

Emma Kunz Mandalas
Mandala Art at SAOG Studios
Mandala Art at SAOG Studios
Mandala and Henna Art
Mandala Art at SAOG Studios
Mandala Art at SAOG Studios
 

Geometry of Ancient Egypt

with Adam Tetlow

16, 17 October 2021
SAOG Studios (Ruskin East)
Emerson College, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JX, UK
10:00-17:00   Cost: £130  Book now
Join us on a journey through the geometric arts of Ancient Egypt ...
The profound relationship between qualitative geometry and the forms of architecture and sculpture is no where better expressed than in the ancient egyptian tradition. During this course we will be drawing inspiration from the work of R.A. Schwaller de Lubitcz, John Michell and others.
The philosophical implications of the golden section in Egyptian art will be covered.
The Pyramids: the pyramids and earth measure - we will draw and model the great pyramid of Giza to scale.

Adam Tetlow is an artist, writer and teacher.

He graduated from the PSTA's MA programme in 2003 under the esteemed tutelage of

Prof. Keith Critchlow and master geometer, Paul Marchant 

He is the author of Celtic Pattern - Visual Rhythms of the Ancient Mind, co-author of Sacred Number, and contributor to Quadrivium and Designa (all published by Wooden Books). In 2019, Adam gave keynote addresses for the Temenos Academy's Fourth John Michell Symposium, Megalithomania and Rilko.

Thank you from the very bottom of my heart for an intensely insightful & transformative week in fabulous surroundings & wonderful company. 

Thank you for your kindness & openess, for your generosity of heart, for the sharing of such deeply spiritual, meaningful & beautiful images.

I’m so grateful that you make the teaching & spreading of these amazing creations such joy & fun & so fascinating. 

Every drawing for me is an initiation into something I cannot name & effects me in ways I do not entirely understand, at least not quite yet, but what I do know is that they awaken my soul & with each visit more of me arrives & comes alive! 

I’m blessed to be taught by you & enjoy your company.

Thanks for such an awesome week - I’ve loved every minute! 

Sara Hall

Feedback from Adam Tetlow's Celtic Pattern, Geometry and Imagination week (SAOG Studios, Sept. 2020)

Geometry of Ancient Egypt
 

The Golden Ratio: 

Jewel of Geometry and Cosmos

23, 24 October 2021 

 with Daniel Docherty
10:00-17:00  Cost: £130  
Details/bookings
SAOG Studios (Ruskin East)
Emerson College, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JX, UK
Kite of Life with golden squiggles

Kite of Life with Golden squiggles - SAOG Studios March 2020

 

Celtic Pattern, Geometry and Imagination

A five-day extended course with Adam Tetlow
25-29 October 2021
SAOG Studios (Ruskin East)
Emerson College, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JX, UK
10:00-17:00   Cost: £335  Book now
Details
'The course was very exciting! Adam is an excellent teacher,
the location is wonderful and everything forces me to book further courses!'

Werner from Switzerland.

(Participant on SAOG Studio's Sept. 2019 Celtic Pattern, Geometry and Imagination course)

Celtic pattern at SAOG Studios
Celtic Pattern with Adam Tetlow at SAOG Studios
Celtic Geometry
 

Mandalas of the World

with Daniel Docherty 

1-5 November 2021

SAOG Studios 
Emerson College, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JX, UK
10:00-17:00   Cost: £335 
Booking 
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Kiss of Venus at SAOG Studios
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Sacred Art of Geometry
Mandalas of the World at SAOG Studios

Mandalas, in essence, can be understood to be diagrams, patterns and pictures that are distillations

of cosmic wisdom and harmony; repositories of archetypal intelligence.

Mandalas offer a potentially powerful means of deepening one’s spiritual and contemplative practice.

This is especially true when they are constructed - using the traditional tools of compass and

straightedge - in a considered and contemplative manner.

During this week-long course, Daniel Docherty will guide participants through the construction of a number of mandalas from different traditions including mandalas that embody significant planetary patterns. We will explore their inherent symbolism and cosmic correspondences. Participants will

also make their our own inks and paints from plant and mineral in

order to colour and ensoul their designs. 

This course has been a total joy, and it has been full of spiritual and cosmic revelation. The way Daniel teaches perfectly fits the way that I learn best. He treats the material with such reverence and poetic beauty. I feel this week has opened up a path for me, and I feel it will play an important part in my life from now on. I always felt barred from the artistic world, not feeling in any way that I possessed artistic talent but this course has given me access to an artistic passion. I only wish I had been introduced to this way of understanding and practising sacred art earlier! Thank you so much. 

John Wadsworth:

PhD research student at CCCU and author of Your Zodiac Soul: Working with the Twelve Zodiac Gateways to Create Balance, Happiness & Wholeness - May 2019

This has been a very inspiring week exploring the mandalas of the world. The special space of the studio has supported me feel into the sacredness of these forms and patterns of the cosmos. Thank you Daniel for pouring your wisdom, insight and loving energy and sharing that amazing knowledge with us. One of the highlights of the course was the natural paint and ink making ... This has made the process of constructing and painting complete. I’m very inspired to continue this wonderful work at home and I am looking forward to coming back to this special place and teacher.

Nadeshda (Art of Yantra teacher/co-founder) Feb. 2020​​

 

Alchemy of Pigment and Pattern

with David Cranswick PhD and Daniel Docherty

 29 November - 3 Decemeber 2021 
SAOG Studios 
Emerson College, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JX, UK
10:00-17:00   Cost: £385  Details/bookings
'I leaned more in five days than in three years of Art at university'  June 2018 course participant

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 works of dazzling beauty to adorn the home and nourish the soul.

Click for further details and to view images from previous
 Alchemy of Pigment and Pattern courses
'I feel on the Alchemy of Pigment and Pattern course that I was really entering into a deep organic process that was steeped in tradition and spiritually. I found it tremendously inspiring, nurturing and a deeply powerful experience - amazingly good!'  Dec. 2017 course participant
Kiss of Venus
Dance of Earth and Venus (linkline pattern by Daniel Docherty/SAOG Studios)
Venus Pentagram

The Dance of Earth and Venus

with Daniel Docherty

7 - 9 January 2022  

10:00-17:00   Cost: £195  Bookings

SAOG Studios 

Emerson College, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JX, UK

The Dance of Earth and Venus results in one of the most beautiful and breathtaking rhythms and patterns of the solar system. Every eight Earth years (13 Venus years) they dance a pentagonal form in space akin to the pip-star inside your apple or the petals of a primrose flower! During this course we will learn how to draw this incredible pattern using the traditional tools of compass and straight-edge; we will explore the key aspects of Earth and Venus' cycles that determine such extraordinary heavenly harmony.

And time allowing ... with copper leaf and watercolour paint made from malachite and azurite - which in the Hermetic/Alchemical tradition have forever been associated with the planet Venus - we will create stunning mandalas embodying the Earth/Venus dance ...

'The dance of venus course was a mind-blowing, heart-opening experience!'

'Thank you for a magical course where time and space merged and disappeared!

Thank you for your kindness, poetry, patience, gift of sharing the spheres, planets and other joys ... I travelled out of my comfort zone and into magical realms of remembering and letting go. I have been transported way beyond any expectations ...'

(extr. from 2019 course participants feedback)

 
Geometry of the Alhambra

with Daniel Docherty 

 28 - 30 January 2022

10:00-17:00   Cost: £195  Book Today​​ 

SAOG Studios 

Emerson College, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JX, UK

Alhambra Geometry
Geometry of the Alhambra
Geometry of the Alhambra

The Alhambra Palace complex is home to some of the finest examples of Islamic Geometric Pattern in the world. During this three-day course we will learn how to construct a number of these patterns - ranging from the simple to highly sophisticated - using the traditional geometer's of compass and straightedge.

This course will be led in a gentle, easy to follow, step-by-step manner suitable for

both beginners and experienced alike.

 
Weaving the Cosmos:

Sacred Geometry and the Art of Hexagonal Weave Basketry

with Daniel Docherty

22 April 2022

10:00-17:00  Cost: £75  Bookings

SAOG Studios (Ruskin East)Emerson College, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JX, UK

Learn the art of hexagonal-weave basketry while discovering pattern and unity in nature and many of the world’s traditional cultures. Deepen your understanding of fundamental design principles such as the Golden Ratio.

Basketry and Sacred Geometry
Basketry and Sacred Geometry
Basketry at SAOG Studios
 

Persian Patterns 

Exploring the geometric genius of the Persian master-craftsmen

23, 24 April 2022 

Details/Bookings

SAOG Studios (Ruskin East)

Emerson College, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JX, UK
10:00-17:00   Cost: £130
Explore the geometric genius of the Persian master-craftsmen.
Learn the art of compass and straight-edge construction and create a dazzling portfolio of geometric patterns from the Persian tradition. 
"A brilliant course so clearly and patiently taught. Such a lovely few days and plenty to work
with after the course. Totally inspiring!" 
Patricia Gidney (UK) January 2017 Persian Patterns course participant

My words are truly inadequate to express the way I feel about the Course, your work, your studio ... within seconds of walking through the door my eyes welled up with tears of utter heartfelt Joy so struck by the beauty, grace & feeling contained within the images that adorned the walls.

It felt like a coming home, something in me recognised something in them & it felt like coming home. 

It’s been a mind blowing & momentous 3 days of discovery, initiation & finding my way back into a world so expansive yet containing filled with love, grace, spiritual connection & beauty ... I cannot believe how much I’ve discovered not only about myself but about the universe all contained within these works each one a portal of information within which one can choose to enter or observe while constructing. Extraordinary, inspiring ... 

I truly cannot wait until I return. 

Sara Hall (UK) June 2019 SAOG Studios Persian Patterns course participant

Persian Patterns

The Art of Willow Basketry

'Market Baskets' with Annemarie O'Sullivan​

(https://www.annemarieosullivan.co.uk

6 - 8 May 2022

10:00-17:00  Cost: £265  Details/Bookings 

(Early booking recommended)

SAOG Studios, Emerson College,

Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JX, UK​

Join us for three-days of Willow Weaving bliss at SAOG Studios

and weave your very own 'Market Basket' ...

 

Art of Mughal Floral Illumination

Three-day art workshop led by Sharmina Haq 

(https://www.instagram.com/sharmina.haq)

3 - 5 June 2022

SAOG Studios (Ruskin East)

Emerson College, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JX, UK
10:00-17:00   Cost: £195 incl. materials  
Book today
Mughal Art

Images: Sharmina Haq

 

A unique three-day practical painting workshop where participants will explore and draw inspiration from the stunning floral art of Shah Jahan’s Mughal courts.

Suitable for beginners or intermediate level with an interest in pattern, art and traditional methods and materials.

 

Medieval Gilding

Spring/Early Summer 2022 dates tbc

With Lucie Galvani

10:00-17:00  Cost: £140  (incl. all materials)
SAOG Studios (Ruskin East) 
Emerson College, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JX, UK
 Book today

 

The artwork in medieval manuscripts is called illumination partly because the gold included in the paintings around the text was bringing light to the page and thus it was illuminated. Raised gilding on manuscript gesso is one of the most used techniques for applying gold leaf on designs in medieval manuscripts. This technique gives the most shine and mirror like effect to the gold and the slight relief enables the gold to catch light coming from every direction. 

During this two days course participants will make a first small test piece and a second larger motif (around 10cm x10cm) using the technique of raised gilding and working with real gold leaf. The background will be painted with watercolours and pigments. The choice of motif is up to the participant. Examples of geometric shapes and ornate initial letters will be provided.Traditional recipes for manuscript gesso will also be covered during the course.

Medieval Illumination
Medieval Illumination
 

Special event:

Patterns of the Planets

A celebration of the Dance of Earth and Venus

and other Heavenly Harmonies 

11-15 July 2022

 Tom Bree, Daniel Docherty, John Martineau,

Adam Tetlow, John Wadsworth, Hartmut Warm 
Cost: £385 (limited conc. available upon request)
Book today
SAOG Studios (Ruskin East)
Emerson College, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JX, UK
Dance of Venus
 

From Genesis to Revelation:

Chartres, Story and Sacred Geometry

21 September - 2 October 2022
SAOG Studios (Ruskin East) and Chartres, France 
  Cost: £970 
Details/Bookings

Join Daniel Docherty (SAOG Studios co-founder and senior tutor),

Roi Gal-Or (International School of Storytelling co-founder) and guests, for this inspirational course/pilgrimage. The initial six days of the course will be held at

Emerson College, UK. The culminating five/six days of the programme

will take place in and around the Cathedral of Chartres, France.

 

Geometry of the Islamic World

with Daniel Docherty

(and guests)

New dates tbc 

10:00-17:00   Cost: £265 incl. materials 

SAOG Studios (Ruskin East)

Emerson College, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JX, UK

Good company, Fantastic Tutors (Daniel Adam and Ameet), Amazing Geometry ... life doesn’t get any better than that!

Thanks for another informative, awesome & awe inspiring course. I shall be back!

Sara Hall

It was such fun to spend glorious days immersing ourselves in the Geometry of Islamic Design.

Daniel has a gift for helping you to see the hidden treasures behind these beautiful patterns and their significance as an art form, an expression of the Divine, and as a means to explore oneself.

Thank you Daniel for your wisdom, your beautiful Studio, and for making these teachings so valuable to us.

Vashon Sarkisian

Islamic Geometry
Islamic Geometry
Islamic Geometry

Come and join us on this practical journey of discovery as we travel half way around the globe to source the finest examples of Islamic Geometric Pattern; Persia, Turkey, Syria, India, and Moorish Morocco and Al-Andalus will feature in our travels. The genius of the craftsmen geometers from the Islamic Golden Age has never been surpassed; their pursuit and devotion for a unifying language embodying their Religion, Art and Science - without parallel.

The principles underlying Islamic Geometric Pattern are timeless and as relevant today as they have ever been or will be!

'There is nothing more timely than the Timeless'  Dr Seyyed Hossein Nasr

It is deeply encouraging, in a world and culture that in the main continues to promote a fragmentary

and materialistic approach to Religion, Art and Science, that a resurgence of interest

and practice in Islamic Geometry is well under way.

This course will appeal to all lovers of Islamic Pattern, beginners and experienced alike, who would like to develop and deepen their understanding of this rich art form and the principles informing it. At the end of the course participants will have Head, Heart and Hands satisfied and in harmony!!

And a full portfolio of beautiful patterns from across the Islamic world..

Further feedback from March 2020 course ...

Not too many words left in my brain after this intensive course …

But it was Perfect!

Great mixture of drawing, excursion to London, tile-making etc …

I enjoyed all of it very much, very inspiring also with different teachers.

The love and passion in your presentations comes ‘’across’’ and makes all these patterns ‘’living patterns’’.

I am very much looking forward to coming to the new next course with you!!

Love and regards,

Monika

 

Thank you for your patience helping us construct these beautiful patterns.

I really enjoyed this week, it really helped me to quieten my mind and concentrate fully.

I felt very present (I, astral, etheric and physical body) working well together.

Dr Farah

 

Many thanks to Daniel, Adam, and Ameet.

I take away with me a much deepened respect, with a better understanding of Islamic Geometry.

Robin 

 

Wonderful, inspiring room and beautiful surroundings.

Perfect course with a good balance of theory, explanations and practical work.

Werner 

 

Good company, Fantastic Tutors, Amazing Geometry ... life doesn’t get any better than that!

Thanks for another informative, awesome & awe inspiring course. I shall be back!

Sara

 

Finding the Still-Point

Polarity and Paradox though Sacred Geometry and Story

with Daniel Docherty​ and Roi Gal-Or

8-10 June 2021 This course is fully booked.

(Tues. 10am-5.30pm; Wed. 10am-5.30pm; Thurs. 9am-12.30pm)

Cost: £225 

Email sacredartofgeometry@gmail.com to join the waiting list or to register

your interest in future Sacred Geometry/Story course 

SAOG Studios (Ruskin East)

Emerson College, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JX, UK

During these times of intense turmoil, confusion and division, you are invited to step into a sacred space of poise and creative potential. We will seek to deepen our understanding of the dynamics of polarity and paradox through the contemplation of Traditional Stories and exercises in Sacred Geometry. Through this endeavour we hope to cultivate our understanding of, and relationship to, the 'Still Point’ ...

New course dates tbc  soon

Wheel of Fortune: Story and Sacred Geometry