The Geometry of Gothic Rose Windows

Subject: Geometry
Dates: 14 April 2020 - 16 April 2020
Time: 10:30 - 17:30
Tutor: Lucie Rose Galvani
Full price
£ 280

The rose windows of Chartres, St Chapelle, and other Gothic cathedrals are technical marvels; they soar with a lightness that belies their heavy, stone materiality. They convey the complexity and elegance of the cosmos through the symbolic language of geometry.

On this course, students will begin to understand and speak this language, working with a straight edge and compass within the context of Medieval cosmology. While constructing these patterns, we will explore the symbolism of 6, 8 and 12-fold symmetry and number in various divisions of the circle.

Students will learn to construct basic Gothic elements such as trefoils and quatrefoils, which will then be combined in the design of an oculus window. They will then progress to constructing the tracery of more complex rose compositions.

By the end of the course, students will leave with a set of geometric drawings, including one finished drawing ready for colour and a large drawing showing the steps for (geometrically) constructing a rose window.

Who is this course for?

All levels of experience and ability welcome.

What days do I attend?

Tuesday - Thursday, 14 - 16 April 2020

What should I bring?

All materials will be provided on the course. You are welcome to bring a notebook to make notes and to bring your own colouring pencils (if you have a preference).

Do you offer concessions?

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

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

What if I need to cancel or change my booking?

By booking this course, you agree to our terms and conditions. You can view our policy here.

The School reserves the right to discontinue or suspend a Course up to fourteen (14) calendar days before the advertised start date of the Course. This course requires a minimum number of enrolments to run.

Tutor biography

Lucie Rose Galvani

Lucie Rose Galvani has been drawing and painting since a young age. In 2016 she found in the Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts a place to discover and explore traditional techniques and philosophy. There she specialized in gilding and painting with pigments on paper and discovered the practice of geometry. Since graduating from the MA programme at the School of Traditional Arts, she developed a geometric study of rose windows from Gothic architecture and carried on painting and gilding.