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Unlocking Geometry: Understanding the Principles of Islamic Geometric Patterns

A Workshop by UT Dallas Artist Sharmeen Sidiki

Sponsored by the Edith O'Donnell Institute of Art History (EODIAH)

Geometric patterns are a key characteristic of Islamic art and ornamentation. For centuries, artists in the Muslim world have used age-old principles of geometry and mathematics to create visually stimulating patterns to ornament architecture, manuscripts, ceramics, decorative objects, and other works of art. These complex designs consist of combinations of repeating units of interlacing circles, squares, star patterns, and multisided polygons. 

How are these designs created? Where does one begin to create such intricate patterns? Join us as the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History welcomes UT Dallas artist Sharmeen Sidiki to lead us through a practical workshop aimed at teaching us the basics of creating Islamic geometric art patterns. 


No prior knowledge or artistic skills are needed for this workshop. Supplies will be provided for registered participants.



To register, please RSVP to Pierrette Lacour at



Shermeen Sidiki: In the world of art in general and Islamic art in particular, my work is genuinely unique and original. My particular style consisting of complex geometric patterns that resemble fractals seems to bring order out of chaos. Combined with florals and the serene rhythm of Arabic or Urdu calligraphy, they can be combined to form a breathtaking experience of meaningful art overflowing with spiritual insights.  Where words fall short, images step in to fill the void of expression. The motifs, the illumination, the closed and the open, all work together in a beautiful vocabulary and a whole new language for the viewer to immerse themselves in. It’s like looking into a mirror that reflects the image of your soul and being mesmerized by art that speaks to you.

JO 2.604 Performance Hall, JO 2.604 Performance Hall

Edith O'Donnell Institute of Art History, Harry W. Bass Jr. School of Arts, Humanities, and Technology


Heather Bowling

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