This course has concessions available

Geometric Art And Pattern – Online

What is a geometric pattern? What connects Islamic tiles and hot cross buns? How do you construct a pattern that is infinite?

Enjoy learning about the laws of geometry that underlie everything from art to plants to engineering then put them into practice making your own drawings or three-dimensional objects. Included is some research, some cultural history and some creative thinking. Towards the end of the course you could be building a lampshade, inventing a pattern for your kitchen floor or creating a beautiful drawing.

The course will be run via Zoom, please make sure you have installed in in advance of your first class. Classes will involve some self study and information being sent to you via email or Moodle.

If you would like enrol at the concession rate, please request and complete your enrolment by contacting: or calling 020 7269 6000 Mon- Thu

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Who is this course for

This is a course for people who want to understand how geometry works and are curious about how it has appeared across visual and cultural history. You need to be able to
use a compass and straight edge and have an interest in art and pattern

What does this course cover

We will investigate and draw the different families of related shapes produced by using 90 degree grids, 60 degree grids, circles and quadrants.

You will learn how to use the annotation tools in zoom to analyse the underlying geometric structure of examples from architecture, textiles and everyday objects that you have found.

You will be able to tell the difference between an infinite and a contained pattern and know the effect of using repeated blocks.

You will use your new skills to make something of your own design whether practical or contemplative.

It will be lively, wide-ranging in its visual references, interactive and fun. The online time will be split between looking at and talking about demonstrations or pictures on screen and students working on drawings, designs or constructions. I may ask you to do some homework such as taking photographs and sending them to me, or undertaking drawing or pattern exercises.

What will it be like

Assessment is via discussion, your contributions during the class, evidence of the progress, accuracy and inventiveness of your drawings, and the quality of your final project.

Teaching methods: Visual demonstration and verbal explanation. Written handouts with visual diagrams. One-to-one teaching. Group discussions
Learning methods: Hands-on practical activities, Reading handouts and following instructions.
One-to-one and group discussion.
How students are assessed: Questions and answers during group discussions and one-to-one teaching.
Record of students' progress and achievement on an assessment sheet as they achieve the course objectives. Practical work produced is evidence of learning.

What else do you need to buy or do

The course will be run on Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:

You will need a microphone (it's fine to use whatever is built into your device) and camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during the session.

You can participate in class sessions through the use of a computer, laptop, tablet or other similar internet enabled device. Please note that if you only have access to a smartphone, you will be able to attend the class sessions and participate in them but you will find it more difficult to benefit from the full range of materials and activities involved in the course if this is your only means of connection.

Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session and that as far as possible that you can keep this space quite and clear of interruption so that you can concentrate on what is happening in the class.

By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may occasionally be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes but any such recordings will not be made available to anyone outside of the Mary Ward Centre organisation without us asking you again for further permission to do so.

Materials List:
Sharp pencil
Basic compass
A4 paper
Pre-printed square grid paper (A4 size, can be bought as a block from a shop like Rymans or downloaded from the internet or drawn up by hand)
Pre-printed isometric triangle grid paper (same as above but I don't recommend drawing this up by hand)
Having access to a printer is useful
Ability and means to take a photograph / screen shot / scan of your work and send it to me.
PVA glue and stiff card (depending upon your final project)

What this course could lead to

Further Study with Mary Ward Centre, a reduction in lockdown boredom, sense of creative achievement and some social closeness as opposed to social distancing. Further Study with Mary Ward Centre.

There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre. Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: and from the following websites:;;;;

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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Why choose Mary Ward?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’