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Paint Lab
WHO: i nsPired b y a rtists
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(Text)
1. Find an exemplied image of the
golden ratio from the Web.
2. Trace this form onto your paper using
the transfer paper and a sharp pencil
(gs. 1, 2).
3. Experiment with layering your paint in
washes with one color on top of the
other (don’t paint by number—you will
go crazy!) until you begin to get color
language that complements and
enhances this powerful design (g. 3).
Fig. 1
Fig. 2
hard-copy version of the
golden ratio (easily found
on web)
graphite transfer paper
pencil
tape
paper
paint
Materials
This project is inspired by math, believe it or not! Fibonacci created the formula known as the
golden ratio, which applies to the organic growth process from the spiral of a sunower to
the spiral of a whirlpool galaxy. We will look to this formula to inspire a sense of balance and
structure in a painting that is bound to the very core of the mysteries of the natural world.
8
LAB
The Golden Ratio
Inspired by Fibonacci:
Golden ratio study, gouache and watercolor on paper
Let’s Go!
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Paint Lab WHO: i nsPired b y a rtists
35
(Text)
1. Find an exemplied image of the
golden ratio from the Web.
2. Trace this form onto your paper using
the transfer paper and a sharp pencil
(gs. 1, 2).
3. Experiment with layering your paint in
washes with one color on top of the
other (don’t paint by number—you will
go crazy!) until you begin to get color
language that complements and
enhances this powerful design (g. 3).
Fig. 1
Fig. 2
Fig. 3
This project is inspired by math, believe it or not! Fibonacci created the formula known as the
golden ratio, which applies to the organic growth process from the spiral of a sunower to
the spiral of a whirlpool galaxy. We will look to this formula to inspire a sense of balance and
structure in a painting that is bound to the very core of the mysteries of the natural world.
The Golden Ratio
Whorl study, gouache and watercolor
on paper
Leonardo da Pisa
Also known as Fibonacci, da Pisa was a twelfth-century mathematician who (inuenced by
Indian mathematics) discovered a sequence of numbers that describe exponential growth.
These proportions are found all through nature, including plants, the human body, many
animals, and insects such as the honeybee.
A Fibonacci spiral created by drawing
circular arcs connecting the opposite
corners of tiled squares, which are
successive Fibonacci numbers in length:
1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, and 34.
Let’s Go!
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