Asia Society Texas

Islamic Geometry with Fariba Abedin

Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 – Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017

01:00 PM – 03:00 PM


Geometry #146-49, acrylic on wood panels, 72”x72” // Fariba Abedin, Courtesy of the artist

Islamic art is well-known for its use of intricate geometric designs that are found on buildings, ceramics, and other artworks. Muslims inherited geometry from Greek scholars, and developed it further to create designs that are based on the relationships of points, lines, and angles. Measurements in nature often follow mathematical patterns as well, which inspired Muslim artists to explore these connections.

Students will explore the structure of geometry and its role in nature and science. Simple geometric shapes will be developed into more complex designs inspired by the rich tradition of Islamic art. You will complete your design using paint on canvas and will learn about color theory and how to carefully select tints and shades for your finished work.

About the Instructor

Fariba Abedin received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Architecture from Massachusetts College of Art and her Master of Science in Education from Connecticut State University. Iranian born, Fariba was exposed to the rich culture and art of Iran during her childhood. She still remembers the beauty of the tile and mirror works in the various mosques and architectural monuments in Iran. Her art work is influenced by her Iranian heritage, represented in a contemporary style.

Education and outreach programs at Asia Society Texas Center are made possible through generous funding from Karen Chang and the George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation. Generous funding also provided by the Friends of Asia Society Texas Center, a premier group of individuals and organizations committed to bringing exceptional programming and exhibitions to Asia Society Texas Center. This workshop is presented in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, with additional assistance from the Islamic Arts Society.


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    Thursday (free admission all day), 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Closed Monday and Tuesday and major holidays.
  • Explore Asia Admission: Six interactive stations; includes complimentary access to current exhibition in the Louisa Stude Sarofim Gallery. $15 per guest ages 13 and up. $9 per guest ages 7–12. Free for guests ages 6 and under and for Asia Society members. Louisa Stude Sarofim Gallery Admission Only: $8 per guest. Free for guests ages 6 and under and for Asia Society members.   Free exhibition admission on Thursdays from 12 pm – 7 pm, presented by Regions Bank.

Directions & Parking

  • Free Parking
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  • Street Parking
  • Parking in Asia Society Texas Center's lot is $7 for 1-24 hours. Entrances on Caroline and Austin. Limited free and paid street parking is also available.

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Java Lava Cafe
Serving 100 percent premium Kona coffee from KarmaSu Coffee Farm in Hawaii, plus breakfast, lunch, and sweet treats, Java Lava Cafe is open for extended breakfast hours Tuesday–Saturday.

Tuesday – Saturday, 8:30 am – 3 pm


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