Geometry Summer School: Investigating the Golden Mean - Geometry as a Design Tradition

Subject: Geometry
Dates: 15 August 2019 - 19 August 2019
Location: Dumfries House, Scotland
Option A
£ 750
Option B
£ 550

The School of Traditional Arts is pleased to announce the second Geometry Summer School at Dumfries House, 15 – 19 August. This annual event brings together geometry practitioners and teachers to engage in positive dialogue, share insights, and exchange practical drawing methods.

Our five day residential Geometry Summer School immerses the participant in a series of in-depth lectures, seminars and practical workshops. Our programme this year revolves around the famous but often misunderstood Golden Ratio. How can this incredibly simple yet infinitely complex proportion inspire practical design and craft interpretations?

Join us this summer as we seek to understand humanity’s love affair with the Golden Ratio. Engage with nature and historical sources. Explore the integration of geometric processes and their relevance to contemporary craft design.

In an intensive week of practical drawing sessions, experts will address topics such as:

  • the sophisticated proportional systems hidden within nature and biomorphic masterpieces,
  • the contemporary relevance of manuscripts and scrolls,
  • design considerations for specific craft contexts, and
  • historical patterns as a source for generating new canonical designs.

The School of Traditional Arts recognises geometry as the link between all the sacred and traditional arts, which is why we emphasise its importance throughout our curriculum and teaching. It is the only higher learning institution dedicated to the teaching of traditional and creative geometry from first principles through to complex pattern creation. Our students learn the language, application and the metaphysical exploration of geometry.

This residential Geometry Summer School will take place in the beautiful setting of Dumfries House Estate, in Ayrshire, Scotland. In 2007, HRH Prince Charles, The Duke of Rothesay, intervened to save and restore Dumfries House, designed by Robert Adams. The house holds a unique collection of furniture by Thomas Chippendale and leading 18th-century cabinetmakers. His Royal Highness has developed the 2,000 acre estate as an educational resource for the public. It is a beautiful setting for teachers and students to explore the harmonies and patterns of nature.

Who will be presenting at the Summer School?

Please click here to view information about this year's exciting group of presenters: Scott Olsen, Alan Adams, Richard Henry, Katya Nosyreva, Simon Trethewey and Lisa DeLong.

Do you offer concessions?

We are unable to offer concessions for this course.

Who is this programme for?

Some knowledge of geometry will be useful, but all are welcome to attend.

How much will it cost to participate?

Option Includes £
Option A
Participation fee and all course materials
Accommodation  (2 per room) at the Tamar Manoukian Outdoor Residential Centre.
Check-in Wednesday 14th August, Check-out Monday 19th August.
Three meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared by Dumfries House staff.
Option B Participation fee and all course materials
No accommodation
Two meals: Lunch and dinner prepared by Dumfries House staff.
Participants need to book their own local accommodation in Cumnock or Ayrshire and find their way to the venue each morning.

Can you tell me more about what is provided at the Residential Centre?

Rooms Single bed, bunk bed style room Maximum two people per room Shared bathrooms
Amenities Linens provided Laundry room with washing machine and tumble drier.
Relaxation area with sofas and large screen tv
Urn for hot water, tea, coffee all day
Towels and toiletries are not provided
Limited Wi-Fi access
Showers only
Accessibility 2 rooms with disabled access and en-suite facilities.
Induction loop for hearing aids
Meals Simple meals will be prepared by Dumfries House staff.
Vegetarian options available.
Please do communicate to us any dietary needs you may have.

Can you cater to my specific dietary needs?

Please do notify us if you have any specific dietary needs . The catering staff at Dumfries House will tailor the meals dependent on everyone's requirements.

How many people will be in each room?

There will be up to two people per room.

What is the best way to get to Dumfries House?

Arriving by Plane

If arriving by plane, you can opt to journey on to Dumfries House via a combination of trains, buses and taxis. There is a direct bus service between Glasgow Airport and Glasgow Central train station; The collection stand at the airport is at Stand 4, St Vincent Street . From Glasgow Central Station you should proceed to the town of Auchinleck (please see below).

Further information on the bus service can be found at:

You can also take a taxi directly to Dumfries House. A car takes about an hour from Glasgow Airport and costs approximately £55. Dumfries House uses a car service called Scottish Transfers

Arriving by Train

The nearest train station to Dumfries House is Auchinleck Station. If coming from London, opt for a train that goes via Carlisle. If coming from Glasgow, there are direct trains from Glasgow Central Station to Auchinleck. 

 Further information on rail times, purchasing tickets etc can be done via the official National Rail website

As a note to non-UK visitors, National Rail may direct you to the website of a train operator to book your ticket. 

Arriving by Car

Limited parking space is available at the Tamar Manoukian Outdoor Centre on the estate. Please do let us know in advance if you plan on driving, and provide us with your vehicle registration number.


Once you arrive in Auchinleck, it is best to use the local taxi company, Cumnock Taxis, which will be no more than £10 (probably closer to £6 depending on the day and time). Cumnock Taxis, Tel: 01290 421010. It is advised to book in advance for early mornings and Sundays. 


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