Geometry through Drawing

This innovative course is a drawing-led investigation of geometry based on teaching pioneered in Central Saint Martin's Fine Art Maths Centre. It starts from the classic Greek text, Euclid's Elements, and moves through Renaissance perspective to twentieth century developments in topology and hyperbolic geometry...

Taught by: Andrew McGettigan, Rich Cochrane.

Description

This innovative course is a drawing-led investigation of geometry based on teaching pioneered in Central Saint Martin's Fine Art Maths Centre. It starts from the classic Greek text, Euclid's Elements, and moves through Renaissance perspective to twentieth century developments in topology and hyperbolic geometry.

No prior mathematical knowledge is assumed: we will carry out many of the operations we describe by hand and discover their properties through practical engagement with them.

'Geometry through Drawing' is a technical course that will inform students about the underpinnings and development of many creative practices. Students will gain an understanding of straightedge and compass constructions, the golden ratio, Islamic tiling patterns, projections and mappings from three dimensions to two and the significance of non-Euclidean geometry and its overthrow of the 'parallel postulate'. Art history will be discussed for context but the focus will be on the acquisition of skills and understanding.

Many of the topics we cover are intellectually rich and raise questions about seeing and the nature of space. They also offer almost unlimited scope for individual investigation.

Tutor information

Andrew McGettigan writes on philosophy, the arts and education. He is the author of The Great University Gamble (Pluto 2013). He has taught and supervised at CSM for over 5 years and launched the CSM Philosophy of Art reading group. He was awarded his doctorate in 2006 from the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy.
Rich Cochrane teaches privately and writes non-fiction connected with mathematics and the history of ideas. His most recent project was a three-man performance and accompanying book commissioned by the Museum of London. With Andrew, he co-teaches the BA Fine Art Geometry course at Central Saint Martins. He received his PhD in the aesthetics of music in 1997.

Materials

Please bring with you to the first session:

- Pens and pencils
- Pair of scissors

Details for booking

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