Geometry and nature

Course Dates: 28/11/18 - 12/12/18
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Joanne Roberts

Geometry is everywhere in the world around us, from the simplest observations in nature to detailed measuring of intricate forms. Learn to draw patterns found in nature, slowly moving from simple to more complex designs.


What is the course about?

Drawing geometric motifs and patterns based on natural forms: flowers, snowflakes, honeycomb, cacti, shells, webs, insects and feathers.

What will we cover?

- Correct use of tools: compasses, setsquares, rulers
- Symmetry in nature
- Study of the three primary symmetry groups which embody the triangle and hexagon, the square and octagon, the pentagon and decagon
- The Golden ratio
- The Fibonacci sequence and where it appears in nature
- Creating interlinked patterns.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Construct two-dimensional geometric shapes
- Use geometric shapes in the portrayal of natural forms
- Observe geometry in nature
- Create interlinked patterns using geometrical shapes.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is a beginners’ course.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Homework will be set at the end of each class.

Digital Arts / Photography etc
You will be taught using a range of techniques including workshops, short lectures, demonstrations, practical exercises, tutorials, group and individual assistance and hand-outs. Please note the City Lit uses Apple Mac computers in Animation, Cartooning, Digital arts, Film, Graphics, Illustration, Photography and Web design.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Good quality HB pencils, your own compass, ruler and set square would be useful
Graphics and Illustration
It would be useful to bring a memory stick (or portable hard drive – please note PC formatted hard drives can be read by Apple mac computers, but not written to.)

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You can further develop your skills and interest in Illustration through a range of courses at the City Lit in illustration, animation, cartooning and web design. You can download a PDF of all the Digital Arts courses on offer, view a calendar and see a virtual tour at:, search on the web site or request a printed prospectus from the City Lit home page. See also our Fast Forward talks featuring well known Digital Artists, including animators, at

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


Book your place

Course Code: VK493

Wed, eve, 28 Nov - 12 Dec '18

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

Full fee: £99.00
Senior fee: £79.00
Concession: £60.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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