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Fri, 22 Sept


The Portico Library

Secrets of The Alhambra: An Arabic Geometric Art Workshop

Join us to discover the artistic jewels of the Alhambra Palace and learn how to create intricate geometric patterns from scratch!

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Secrets of The Alhambra: An Arabic Geometric Art Workshop
Secrets of The Alhambra: An Arabic Geometric Art Workshop

Time & Location

22 Sept 2023, 18:00 – 20:00

The Portico Library, 57 Mosley St, Manchester M2 3HY, UK


About the event

Secrets of The Alhambra: An Arabic Geometric Art Workshop

**This session is suitable for beginners and all abilities**

This session is inspired by the incredible architecture and unique geometric art of The Alhambra Palace. The palace is inscribed on the World Heritage list due to its universal beauty and exceptional expression of Muslim and Andalusian culture, as well as for its ability to convey the history of the changes to the region over time through its architecture and decorative campaigns.

Under the care of our friendly expert instructors, you will learn how to create your own geometric patterns with our step-by-step guidance. This type of art has a rich historical tradition, and we will learn more about its history, whilst we practice the skill of creating our very own art pieces.

Please note: If you have attended one of our previous Alhambra art sessions, the design we are learning in this session is NOT the same as previous designs.

We are happy to be hosting this workshop at one of Manchester’s historical gems, The Portico library. The library itself, is rich in history and beautiful architecture, which makes the perfect setting for our session. The library also happens to hold a rare book on the Alhambra palace that will be available to view on the day. You will also have a chance to visit one the most unique reading rooms in the UK, normally reserved for private members of the library. We have a dedicated workshop space, as well as complimentary Arabic sweets!

The perfect session to relax, learn and unwind in a beautiful setting.


In the first part of the session, will be spent practice creating geometric patterns using a pencil, compass and ruler. In the second part of the session , we will have the chance to create our final pieces, choosing how to display then and using watercolour paints, pencils and oil pastels, to add colour.

Your workshop includes all of the following:

All craft tools needed for the session.

Watercolour paints & oils

Step-by-step instructions

Reference materials

Workshop space under the famous Portico dome!

Rare book on display

Arabian Music

Arabic Sweets

This session sells out very quickly! So, book now to avoid disappointment.

Sumayyah & team

The Creative Society Manchester


The Portico Library

*Please note that access to the art space is by stairs, if you have any access issues please get in touch and we can arrange access

* Please arrive on time as we have a jam-packed session!

** This event is for over 16's only, strictly no children are allowed to attend this session.




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