Intro To Geometric Art Online

Start learning how to decipher and construct geometric patterns found in architecture, textiles and art.
Whether the style is Islamic, Art Deco or your bathroom tiles, understand square and triangle-based grids, then use a compass and straight edge to draw your own designs.

Classes will be online using Zoom and will involve some self study, using your camera / phone to take and send images, and information being sent to you via email.

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

Your tutor, Helena Roden, is an experienced art tutor who has taught classes in MWC and in community settings across London. Her art practice is in sculpture for large-scale public art commissions; you can find her painted metalwork pieces in parks, housing developments and underpasses from Canning Town to Richmond. Her strengths are an enthusiasm for geometry, botany and the use of materials.
Your tutor, Helena Roden, is an experienced art tutor who has taught classes in MWC and in community settings across London. Her art practice is in sculpture for large-scale public art commissions; you can find her colourful works in parks, housing developments and underpasses from Canning Town to Richmond. Her strengths are an enthusiasm for geometry, botany and the use of materials.

Who is this course for

This course is for people who are interested in the principles of geometry and the beauty of the patterns produced by them. Students should have a basic grasp of how to use a compass and a straight edge and want to explore geometric patterns in a creative way.

What does this course cover

We will analyse visual examples from architecture and everyday surroundings. You will learn about 90 degree square grids and 60 degree isometric triangle grids and the shapes they produce. You will practice using basic geometric drawing techniques to construct repeat patterns.

The class will be lively, wide-ranging in its visual references, interactive and fun. The online time will be split between us looking at and talking about pictures on screen and you working on drawings or constructions. I may ask you to do some homework such as taking photographs and sending them to me, or send you template shapes to cut up and rearrange.
Assessment is via discussion, evidence of the accuracy and inventiveness of your drawings and how much you contribute to the class

What will it be like

Teaching methods: Visual demonstration and verbal explanation. Written handouts with visual diagrams. 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.
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:

https://zoom.us/support/download

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.
Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session.
By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes.

Students may want to bring a pen and a notebook to make notes.
However handouts and worksheets distributed via email.

Sharp pencil
Basic compass
Ruler
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.

What this course could lead to

Further Study at Mary Ward. For example the 10 week course in Geometric Art & Pattern that builds on your skills and takes them into three dimensions with the option of creating a lampshade or other object of your choice.

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: www.learndirect.co.uk and from the following websites: www.floodlight.co.uk; www.hotcourses.com; www.citylit.ac.uk; www.wmcollege.ac.uk; www.morleycollege.ac.uk

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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

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