Platonic Solids (Key Stage 2)

There are only five regular three dimensional solids.  Known as the Platonic Solids, sets of these structures have been found at ancient sites dating from the neolithic period, some 2000 years before Plato. For the ancient Greeks and Egyptians each of these forms had a special symbolism and together they were seen as the building blocks of the Universe. In this intensive workshop, children work in teams to build models of the solids and explore the fundamentals of number and pattern within space.

Pyramid and Pattern (Key Stage 1)

A 3-D workshop for younger children. Simple joining techniques and basic modular forms are introduced, as pupils explore the concepts of number, shape and three dimensional form through visual problem solving.

Geodesic Dome (Key Stage 2/3 and above)

A more advanced workshop, which takes a closer look at pattern and number within the natural world. Using visual and tactile material and the process of drawing, we investigate the geometry of plants, crystals and other natural forms. We experiment with a range of 3-dimensional structures to understand how pattern behaves on a curved surface. We then go on to construct a geodesic dome in bamboo, large enough to house all workshop participants. 

Sacred Geometry and the Art of Pattern (Key Stage 2/3 and above)

What is the secret language behind nature’s forms?  Is there a mathematics which involves no calculation, or a key to unlock the myriad beauty inherent in pattern?  These are just some of the questions that we will address in this 2-D workshop. Through geometric drawing, we investigate the principles that control the evolution of pattern over two dimensional space and then, using simple stencilling techniques, explore the development of an Islamic pattern.
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Exploring Maths, Art and Design through practical geometry and the process of making

The emphasis throughout the workshops is upon learning through doing. The aim is to develop spatial reasoning and visual understanding as tools to support learning across the curriculum. We consider not only the use, but the meaning of pattern and structure within different cultures, and at different points in history. We also look at the origin and structure of words, allowing children to make connections between language and visual form. 

Richard has taught all ages from reception and primary up to post-graduate and professional, as well having given workshops at Teacher Training conferences and community arts events.  The programme described here is just an outline of possible workshops. Workshops can be adapted to specific projects or particular curriculum themes.  Workshops are charged at standard Arts Council rates.

For further details, please telephone 07906 844321, or email richard_henry@yahoo.com Sphere-point models of Platonic 
and Archimedean solids. Interactive pattern-matching game from British Library exhibition ‘The Nature of Pattern’. Children move incised panels over illuminated graphic. (R Henry 2004)