UGED1533 - Mathematics in Visual Art - 2017/18
- The Final Examination will take place in-class on Nov 28, 2017.
- CHAN, Ping Shun
- Office: LSB 209
- Office Hours: By appointment.
Time and Venue
- Lecture: 10:30AM 1:15PM Lee Shau Kee Building 201
This course aims to help students appreciate the role which mathematics plays in the development of Western visual art, discern mathematical elements in visual artworks, and reflect on the oft-held belief that there exists an impassable gulf between art and science. Topics include: the role which mathematics plays in Greco-Roman aesthetic theories, the mathematical basis of linear perspective in painting, the mathematics behind different models in colour theory, planar symmetries in visual art and their connection to group theory, and mathematical methods in the analysis of artworks.
- Due Week 11 (Nov 14)
- Due Oct 24
Watch this video. We will discuss it in class.
(The close captioning on the video appears to be machine-generated, so it's not perfectly accurate.)
- Due Oct 10
Reading Assignment: Perspective, Rex Vicat Cole. Ch. 1-2.
- Due Week 4 (Sep 26)
- Required Reading: Pages 1 - 9 of Misconceptions about the Golden Ratio.
- Required Reading: Rest of the article.
- Due Week 3 (Sep 19)
Read the section "THE ANCIENT SOURCES" at the end of Richard Tobin's The Canon of Polykleitos, then write down your reflections on the material in a one-paragraph essay to be submitted in class.
- Due Week 2 (Sep 12) In-class Quiz:
- When did Vitruvius (Marcus Vitruvius Pollio) live?
- Where did he live?
- What did he do for a living?
- Tell us one thing about him that interests you.
Recommended reading: De Architectura, Vitruvius. Book III Ch. 1.
- A Brief History
- Proportions - Golden Ratio
- Proportions - Misc. 1
- Proportions - Misc. 2
- Linear Perspective
- Linear Perspective - Deviations
- Color Theory - Towards Color
- Color Theory - Color through the Ages
- Color Theory - Different Models
- Color Theory - Psychophysics
- Planar Patterns
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