HTA is a collaboration between Art Jameel and The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in London, it is a training centre for teaching and preserving the unique methods and skills of local traditional arts and crafts, where the primary source of inspiration is the heritage of the old town of Jeddah placed in the context of the wider Islamic art traditions . Some of the foundational concepts of traditional art include geometry, pattern, symmetry and ornament. HTA aims to establish a community of cultural understanding, spread knowledge about traditional arts and crafts, and recreate and maintain the look of the traditional art in Al-Balad. ‘A one-year training programme starts in January 2016. Courses are taught by The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts tutors from London, a local team of PSTA alumni and local masters.’
Honouring the heritage of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s rich arts, the House of Traditional Arts (HTA) offers a hub of activity serving the local and wider community of artists and craftsmen. HTA and its educational programmes nurture and promote traditional arts, crafts and techniques where physical, social, cultural and inspirational elements converge to reflect universal values fundamental to the arts.
HTA will become a vital part of the living history of Jeddah, linking the traditional arts to their contemporary context and extending their influence beyond the Old town walls to across the country.
“Mangour” is an Arabic architectural element made of wooden lattice work. The Mangour interlocking system is self-sufficient that it holds together to create surface without the use of nails or glue. When crafted, the Mangour creates a net-like pattern between spaces. The beauty behind this architectural element is separation without isolation. This allows the flow of air and light go through while maintaining the desired privacy. The Mangour manifest itself in the Roshan, as an integral feature of Hijazi architecture which can be seen commonly in Albalad, the old town of Jeddah. This workshop will be looking into the documentation, typology & analysis( geometrical & making) of Mangour. Participants will be given the opportunity to work on their own design and craft their own piece.
During this 4 weeks workshop, you will be introduced to the language of Nabati designs in Islamic art. You will also have the opportunity to deepen your understanding of this language through a rigorous study of the formal Ottoman tradition of Islimi (lines, design and colour techniques) to then move to the exploration of patterns and designs found in the Old City of Jeddah. This course will give you a well-rounded appreciation of the language of plant & flower ornament across Islamic traditions and guide you steadily in the creation of your own work.
This course perfectly combines the art of geometry and the craft of gypsum carving. You will learn the principles of traditional Islamic geometry using compass and ruler and drawing proportionally related circles to unfold beautiful patterns. Focus is given to the language of carved designs found in the architecture of the Old City of Jeddah. Students will then work on selected patterns to learn the techniques and tools of plaster carving, from the preparation of panels to the application of designs as well as a variety of carving techniques. Students will be able to complete their own hand carved piece.
Learn the traditional techniques of decorative painting applied to wood to create striking designs. In traditional Islamic architecture painted geometries and nabati designs are found onto ceilings, doors, furniture and wooden objects and are an integral part of the decoration of private homes and sacred spaces. Students will be given an introduction to the history and different styles of wood decorative painting in Islamic art. The practical side of the course will also include making natural painting materials. Students will choose a floral or geometric traditional design, transfer it to the wooden panel and learn the technique of egg tempera painting using hand ground natural pigments from earths and minerals. By the end of the course participants will have their own painted panel to take home.
The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts is based in London since its establishment as one of the Prince of Wales’ core charities in 2004. It was originated as a department at the Royal College of Art found by Professor Keith Critchlow in 1984 where it was responsible for awarding the first Doctoral degree. And since then the School runs core educational programs in Masters and Doctoral level. The School’s courses emphasize the importance of integrating the theoretical study of the traditional arts with their practical applications, where it combine the teaching of the practical skills of the traditional arts and crafts with an understanding of the philosophy inherent within them.
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