PECO Family Jams: Zellij with Al-Bustan

Event Details

Event Date

Event Date: Saturday, April 9, 2022

Event Time

Event Time: 12:00 PM - to 4:00 PM

Event Description

Zellij, or الزليج, refers to a North African style of mosaic tilework prevalent in Moroccan architecture. Traditionally, tesserae (the small blocks of stone, tile, glass, or other material used to make a mosaic) were hand-cut and arranged to create intricate and precise geometric patterns composed of glazed clay squares, diamonds, triangles, stars, and more. This month Al-Bustan will introduce visitors to the history of this art form and geometric design in SWANA (South West Asian / North African) culture. Participants will select a style, sketch a preliminary design, and then receive tiles, glue, and a coaster backing to create their own Zellij-inspired piece to take home.

Get inspiration or follow along from home with this instructional video by Al-Bustan!

PECO Family Jams are PMG’s one-of-a-kind, family-oriented programs, featured every second Sunday of the month between NOON and 4:00 PM. This is a hands-on art-making event, and will include several mini-tours of our fully mosaicked basement. No reservations are required for PECO Family Jams, but admission tickets should be purchased in advance here.

Location Details

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

Address for Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

1020 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Magic Gardens Front

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