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The Exciting Worlds where Math and Art Intersect

January 27 @ 1:30 pm 5:00 pm

Date: Saturday, January 27th – February 17th
 1:30 – 5:00 PM
Total Sessions:
 Luis Shein
Location: Room 210
Adult, 18+
Skill Level:
 All Levels
Sliding Scale:
 $150 / $175 / $200
Materials Fee: $5

About the class

Art and Math are creative activities that people have practiced since time immemorial. Math and Art exist in order to express our feelings and understand our world. This series of workshops will explore the intersection, the common ground of these two ways of thinking.

These four conversations include hands-on activities (using pencils, paper, rulers, scissors, tape) as well as discussions in order to understand the main ideas. We will explore together ideas of mathematical nature that are recurrent themes in the practice and history of art.

No previous mathematical knowledge is required to enjoy the workshops. The only requirements are to be open-minded and very curious. The class is suitable for a person who loves art and also loves or hates mathematics, i.e. to anybody that is interested in learning something new.

Some of the themes we will cover:

1)    Geometry, the basis of Art. Geometry, the basis of Math.

2)    The concept of infinity in Art and Science

3)    Real and Imaginary worlds: the fourth (and higher) dimensions

4)    The death of realism and the birth of abstraction (of course, in Art and Math)

This class is open to artists and non-artists. No prior artmaking experience is required.

When you register for a class, you’ll be offered three price tiers. The middle tier comes closest to what our registration fees used to be, and covers about 50% of the full cost of your participation in the class – with the other 50% covered by community donations. The first tier creates accessibility for people with limited income, while the third tier covers the full cost of participation – so that we can use community donations to support other people’s registration costs. When you choose to register at the third tier, you directly help support the Center’s efforts to remove financial barriers for others.

The Sonoma Community Center (the Center) strives to create an inclusive, safe community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. The Center is committed to creating such an environment because it brings out the fullest potential in each of us, which, in turn, contributes directly to creating a community of belonging. In order to ensure a positive, safe, and welcoming experience for everyone, all program participants are asked to abide by the following policies, community agreements, and restorative safety protocol.

About the instructor

Luis Shein

Instructor / Artist

Luis Shein completed his mathematics undergraduate studies at the National University of Mexico and his graduate work at UC Berkeley. He also has an MFA from Cal Arts in Post-Studio Art. He taught all levels of math in Mexico City, Oaxaca, Mexico, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem as well as in the Community Colleges in Berkeley and Oakland.

Luis has developed several courses that specifically deal with the intersection of Math and Art, including Mathematical Ideas for Artist, Space; one word for many concepts, Expanding our Consciousness. These courses were taught at Cal Art, the Bezalel Art Institute in Jerusalem  and at California College of the Arts in Oakland/San Francisco.

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