Artist Tremain Smith leads a workshop at Princeton University with Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture on March 30th, with a lecture on April 17th. Based on the principles of Islamic art, participants will make their own geometric compositions on wood panel using the ancient technique of encaustic painting. Artist Tremain Smith will introduce them to a layered process using encaustic paint, which is pigment-infused beeswax, and transparent encaustic medium to collage patterned shapes of color, as well as incising the lines that produce the constructions into the wax. Participants will learn four and eight-point geometric constructions with the circle as the foundation to discover two versions of the eight-point star and the eight-fold rosette repeated in Islamic art. The individual panels will be displayed together to create a larger collective design.
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