Geometry, Harmonics & the Mystery of the Square

Subject: Geometry
Dates: 15 July 2019 - 19 July 2019
Time: 10:30 - 17:30
Location: The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts
Tutor: Adam Tetlow
Full price
£ 385

Since at least 5000 BC, the harmonic qualities of the rectangle have been integral to the study and practice of geometry.

This primordial method of rational composition can be found in stone circles, the pyramids, temples and cathedrals, paintings in the European tradition, and book designs.

Through a series of geometrical drawings, students will learn how to design and compose with this miraculous figure.

This will include:

  • making precise scale drawings of the great pyramid at Giza, Stonehenge and the Parthenon
  • understanding how Gutenberg composed his pages
  • learning the secrets of composition in Renaissance painting
  • understanding why geometry means 'earth measure', including how to draw the planets to scale
  • and how the arts of the quadrivium map onto each other.

All with just compass and ruler.

This new research is the biggest breakthrough in the understanding of traditional geometry for a generation.

Restoring elements of the tradition that have been preserved in fragmentary form in the craft schools but kept secret since Euclid.

Who is this class for?

The course will include monochord demonstrations, and some experience of ruler and compass geometry is necessary.

What should I bring?

All materials are provided on this course.

You may find it useful to bring a notebook to take notes.

What days do I attend?

Monday - Friday

Do you offer concessions?

Yes, we offer concessions for full-time students and OAPs.

To receive a concession, please apply via our online form.

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Tutor biography

Adam Tetlow

Adam Tetlow is an artist, writer and teacher. He graduated from the School's MA programme in 2003. He is the author of Celtic Pattern - Visual Rhythms of the Ancient Mind, co-author of Sacred Number, and contributor to Quadrivium (Wooden Books 2010).