Maryland Institute College of Art
Student Practicums from "Pattern in Islamic Art"

For an undergraduate course in Islamic Art History taught at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Carol Bier has focused on the study of pattern as the intersection of art and mathematics. In order to help students better understand the nature of patterns in Islamic art, students are asked to create practicums comprised of three of the following exercises:

  • an infinitely repeating pattern
  • a self-contained pattern
  • an interlaced pattern
  • a border pattern
  • an infinitely repeating pattern arbitrarily cut off by borders

Student practicums from spring 2005 are posted below. Please click on each image to see a larger picture of each practicum, accompanied by a description of materials and process, and "Artist's Narrative" with "Teacher's Comment."

Anne Israel - Junior, Painting major

Patrick Liddle - Junior, General Fine Art major

the infinite geometric pattern of a paper towel cut off at arbitrary borders interlaced pattern painted into found 'antiqued' tin pattern contained by bordered trim on small woven fabric

Jen Stark - Senior, Fiber major

Rebecca Di Meo - Sophomore, General Fine Art major

Marie Cobb - Sophomore, General Sculptural Studies major

Isma'il Rashada - Junior, Graphic Design major


Brendan Coyle - Junior, Animation major

Jenny Hafer - Senior, Fiber major

Ellissa Collier - Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program

>>on to other students' practicums

Download original materials from Bier's course as Word documents:
Practicum Assignment | Syllabus | Reading List

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