A technical and conceptual class
by Alberto J. Almarza
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
8 Thursdays 6:30 to 9:30
Monday, June 14, 2010
This is a detail from a Mandala design by a dear continuing Sacred Geometry student Christianna Kreiss. Since taking her first class, Christianna continues to create lots of beautiful Mandalas, Rose windows and other designs.
Check out examples of works that the students have created over the past Sacred Geometry class sessions. I've kept their works as anonymous to respect their privacy. Enjoy!
I begun studying the concepts of Sacred Geometry over ten years ago, when I would get together with my Aunt Emi and we would spend entire afternoons trying to figure out M. C. Escher's drawings. We called it "The Escher Workshop" and we would meet every Friday with our compasses and straightedges to draw tessellations, mandalas,polyhedra and impossible figures. She re-taught me the basic geometric constructions from school days, and with those tools as a starter, I begun delving deeper and deeper. Even though I have very little understanding of the mathematics behind geometry, I have made a point to develop an entire vocabulary of constructions, and specifically ones that would help artists to create artful geometric forms at any scale. I use mostly "classical" geometric constructions, avoiding measurement units and using just a compass and a 90 degree angle ruler, which becomes a very enriching practice and experience. Beyond using Sacred and Reocurring Geometry for my personal artwork, I have grown to believe in its powerful and subtle language and teachings being capable of speaking directly to our higher senses, in a sort of primordial tongue.