Snowflakes & Symmetry: Maths Art Workshop

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Design your own mathematical snowflake with mathematician Katie Steckles and illustrator Hana Ayoob

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Many beautiful designs and patterns are based on underlying mathematical principles of shape and symmetry. Snowflakes, with their detailed and seemingly random patterns, follow underlying geometrical rules. Using a ruler and compass, shapes can be constructed on paper that follow these rules.

In this workshop mathematician Katie Steckles and illustrator Hana Ayoob will talk you through the process and give you time – and inspiration – to design your own mathematically accurate snowflake artwork, also incorporating design ideas from traditional shapes and patterns.

Please note there will be some content overlap with previous Shape and Symmetry workshops we've run this year.

This workshop is suitable for ages 10+, but any under-16s watching must be accompanied by an adult. There will also be a session for 18+ only taking place in the evening. Please read our code of conduct ahead of the session.

You will need:

A pencil

Plain paper

A ruler

A pair of compasses (for drawing circles).

You may also want to have: markers for drawing over lines, coloured pencils/pens, coloured paper, camera/smartphone to share photos of your finished work with us (if you'd like!).

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The session will last an hour and a half, but there will be a break around the halfway mark. It will involve watching and following instructions from Katie and Hana, looking at examples of artwork, and time to design and work on your own piece.

Tickets for this event are by donation, and we recommend you donate around £5 per person participating - roughly the cost of a trip to the cinema or a comedy show. Both Katie and Hana are freelance, and if you're in a position to make a donation to support their work communicating maths, science and art (and to cover the attendance of those who can't afford to pay as much), that would be very much appreciated.

You only need to book one ticket per device/household and can share a screen with others. So for example, if there are two or three of you following the workshop on the same computer, you only need one ticket, but your donation total can reflect the number of people watching. If you have any questions, please get in touch.

About Us

Katie Steckles is a mathematician based in Manchester, who gives talks and workshops and writes about mathematics. She finished her PhD in 2011, and since then has talked about maths in schools, at science festivals, on BBC radio and TV, at music festivals, as part of theatre shows and on the internet.

Hana Ayoob is a freelance illustrator, science communicator and producer based in London. Her art is inspired by science and nature, and full of intricate patterns and symmetry from traditional Indian designs.

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