Tuesdays and Fridays 1:00 to 3:20
This course is designed to give students a hands-on practitioner’s introduction to the design, style and history of Islamic architectural tile in the Seljuk (11-14th centuries) and early Ottoman periods (particularly the 15th and 16th century) in Turkey. A broad introduction of Islamic architecture will introduce aspects that will support extensive investigation of the Ottoman period and particularly the buildings of Sinan. The course will examine the evolution of the tile decoration within these increasing complex architectural forms. Hands on creation in the studio will strengthen our historical survey of tiles and their architectural settings in Turkey in the thirteenth through the sixteenth century.
Armed with the knowledge of the development of Islamic tile and ornament, students will design their own site-specific tile installations bearing in mind specific spatial and iconographical parameters relating to practices of the Ottoman Empire.
Tiles of this period are precise in their geometry and overwhelming in their decoration. Students will be able to explore both the graphic nature of pattern repetition and the development of their own personal iconography based on their increased understanding of their design’s graphic application.
The best way to gain insight into architecture is to partake in its sensory experience directly. The course work will be augmented by a two-week trip to Iznik, Bursa (the first capital of the Ottomans) and Istanbul in Turkey to study specific buildings and their tile decoration in situ as well as visit with makers, restorers and historians. Travel will introduce students to the complex art form of Islamic architecture. This region presents students with the crossroads of east and west, Christianity and Islam. While not dealt directly through the course, this intersection offers many possible inspirations for further study.