Prerequisite: This course is open only to students in VCU's School of the Arts; there is no other prerequisite.
This is a course about linear perspective, a mathematical system invented by Renaissance artists to accurately represent three-dimensional space on a flat surface. We will develop an understanding of why parallel lines appear to converge and why objects appear smaller when viewed from a distance. We will learn some of the techniques for drawing scenes and objects in correct perspective, understand why they work, and discuss them in the context of Renaissance masters and their modern counterparts. Toward the end of the course we will see how these artistic ideas lead to a new branch of mathematics called projective geometry. Your grade is determined
by five assignments, a final project and attendance/engagement. Details
Note: All work submitted for a grade in this course should be yours and yours alone. Occasional exceptions are made for cases in which you use another artist's work in a creative or constructive way, leading to a wholly new artwork. If you do use another artist's work, you must clearly state your sources. Anything else is considered plagiarism and it will be dealt with accordingly.
Internet: Information about this course is posted on my web page (not on Blackboard). Go to my home page http://www.people.vcu.edu/~rhammack/ and click on "schedule," then "Math 121." There you will find the syllabus, project details, a calendar and assignment due dates.
Email: Any email correspondence concerning this course should be through your official VCU email address. University policy prevents me from discussing many aspects of the course through other email addresses. I may send email messages either to the whole class or individuals in the class. It is your responsibility to check your VCU email regularly.
Cell Phones: Please be sure that all cell phones and other electronic devices (including iPods, laptops, etc.) are turned off and stowed away for the entire duration of each class. Leaving such devices on may lower your participation score.
Office: Please feel free to stop by my office whenever you have a question, or if you just want to chat. If my posted hours are inconvenient, I will be happy to schedule an appointment. Tell me if you are having trouble. Catching up can be difficult if you get behind, so let me know as soon as you think there is a problem.