Math Happy

Jul 25, 2017

Laura McShane

From the time we are children we learn to play with basic shapes to form compositions that please us. So, is there a mathematical formula for perfect happiness?

To represent our world, we work with the elements of design : color, line, shape, texture, space, value, and size. Star, Branch, Spiral, Fan : Learn to Draw from Nature's Perfect Design Structures by Artist Yellena James is a great introduction to the principles of design: pattern, contrast, emphasis, balance, scale, harmony, and rhythm/movement.

James' book and Growing Patterns: Fibonacci Numbers in Nature by Sarah C. Campbell present the patterns found in nature known as Fibonacci numbers. The Fibonacci sequence describes the mathematical magic of nature's design--it is a series of numbers, in which, each number is the sum of the previous two numbers, for example: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, etc.

Find time this summer to explore the world of nature with an afternoon spent drawing and painting with watercolor. Use a pinecone, pineapple, sunflower, or seashell for inspiration.

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