Mark Hanf is an artist and educator who has been exploring the nexus of science and art his entire life. In 1995, he was nominated to attend the NC Governor's School in Science, Art, and Mathematics, and ultimately chose to study Fractal and Non-Euclidean Geometry. Mark went on to attend Davidson College, where he continued to study Math and Science through astronomy, chemistry, and physics, and integrated these topics into his art. He received a BA in Visual Arts from Davidson College in 2000, with a special focus on Science, Religion, and Environmental Architecture. While still in school, he researched, designed, and drew blueprints for a passive solar, off-grid, earth-sheltered home that incorporates key elements of geometric design like the golden ratio, as well as rain water cisterns, recycled materials, solar panels, and a bio-diesel generator. After graduating, Mark interned with Michael Reynolds at Earthship Biotecture in Taos, New Mexico and then returned to western North Carolina to build that home with his family.
From 2001-2007, Mark taught at the Rainbow Mountain Children's School in Asheville, NC, where Multiple Intelligence theory and a holistic approach are blended to create an interdisciplinary, experiential, life-long learning environment. He taught middle school math and science and developed a unique curriculum that integrated environmental science, astronomy, cosmology, synergetic and ancient geometry.
In 2006, he was a participant in the Design Science Lab in Asheville, a ten-day international think-tank sponsored by The Buckminster Fuller Institute and the United Nations that addressed global sustainability with an emphasis on energy, environmental, health, and educational issues. Since then he has worked with the Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) and a team of educators and multimedia artists to produce Aboard Spaceship Earth (ASE), a 21st Century Global Studies program that integrates Geography, Science, and Geometry. For the past 3 years he has served as director for ASE and has been designing the curriculum, as well as producing tools and materials. He has presented Aboard Spaceship Earth programs locally and regionally to a wide range of groups including elementary and middle schools, college students, and adults. He has also produced a range of events in collaboration with the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center and The Education Committee of the BFI, sharing the work of Buckminster Fuller with "design scientists" of all ages.
In 2008, Mark co-founded Geometry of Nature, LLC, and has served as it's creative director ever since. He has presented numerous lectures, classes, and hands-on workshops in collaboration with a variety of schools and organizations including Sidwell Friends School, The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the Washington DC Public School System (DCPS), UNC Chapel Hill-World View, Davidson College, The Global Institute for Sustainable Technologies, (NCCAT) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Mark is on the faculty of the Academy of Sacred Geometry along with some of the world's leading teachers in the field. He is also on the faculty of the New York School of Feng Shui, where he regularly teaches a course entitled The Tao of Geometry that explores the relationships of chinese sacred symbols and fractal geometry.
Since 2010, Mark has been partnering with MuseCycle Media to produce a range of digital educational products including STEM animation and videos (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), multimedia lesson plans, and iTextbooks for iPad.
Mark is also a professional artist and creates work that weaves together his wide range of interests including science, math, and history. His paintings examine Nature's architecture and symmetry and recently he has been using CNC (Computer Numeric Controlled) routers and lasers to create a body of sculpture and prints that explore fractal Geometry. His studio is part of Marshall High Studios, a complex located on a tiny island in the French Broad River in the Mountains of NC.
Online Courses with Mark Hanf
Tao of Geometry with Mark Hanf and Marnie Muller
This multifaceted course integrates hands-on geometric drawing with dynamic multimedia presentations and invites students to explore the harmonic balance of Heaven and Earth, Form and Emptiness, Science and Spirituality, Mastery and Mystery, Yin and Yang. Deep within the ancient art and science of Geometry lies a beautiful and mysterious system of forms that has fascinated philosophers and sages from all spiritual traditions since antiquity. In this particular Foundation Course we invite participants to awaken their own deeper levels of perception and to access the golden key of Sacred Geometry to unlock secrets encoded in the sacred symbols of China.
Opening the Golden Door of Sacred Geometry
Geometry, one of the world’s oldest sacred sciences literally means “earth measurement”, and in the wider sense, concerns itself with the measurement of all Space. Deep within this study of the Space of Universe lies a beautiful and mysterious system of Living Wisdom with its vibrant, archetypal forms that have fascinated philosophers and sages from all spiritual traditions since antiquity. Beginning with a comprehensive multimedia presentation, we trace the lineage of this ancient wisdom tradition and explore clues from Ancient Egypt, Persia, Greece and the British Isles.
Past On Location Courses with Mark Hanf
New York City Sacred Geometry FEST Full Event Package
Friday, April 4, 2014 - 9:00am to Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 5:30pm