Michael presented a workshop especially for artists, art teachers, art students and anyone else interested in how the same geometry has been used around the world to design paintings, illustrations, ceramics, jewelry and much more in a variety of cultures over fifty centuries:
Mathematics is rarely associated with art these days, and their connection is almost never taught to art students, yet the greatest works of art, crafts, design and architecture of all cultures and times most certainly used these ideas. And while geometry — aka spatial relationships -– is included in every definition of artistic composition, its application and psychological impact on the viewer are poorly understood. After many years investigating the intentional application of geometry in art and design, mathematician, author and educator Michael Schneider teaches this topic to his art students at CCA (California College of the Arts), and he will be generously sharing his enthusiasm with us. In this workshop we will concentrate on the use of simple polygons (triangles, squares, pentagons, etc.) in the composition of tondos, i.e., round paintings, drawings, ceramics, jewelry, logos, etc. found in examples from around the world and modern times. Participants will see examples and be provided with instructions for drawing them with a compass, straightedge and colored pencils. It's simple to do yet quite profound in its effects for feelings of harmony and rhythm.
"And since geometry is the right foundation of all painting, I have decided to teach its rudiments and principles to all youngsters eager for art..."
-- Albrecht Dürer (1471 - 1528, Course in the Art of Measurement 1525)
"Inspiration, even passion, is indeed necessary for creative art, but the knowledge of the Science of Space, of the Theory of Proportions, far from narrowing the creative power of the artist, opens for him an infinite variety of choices within the realm of symphonic composition."
-- Matila Ghyka (1881 – 1965, Romanian royalty, novelist, mathematician, historian, philosopher, diplomat)