Fibonacci Inspired Junk Mail Mosaic
Gather Materials: paper, junk mail, scissors, glue stick, and a pencil
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Get inspired! Learn about the Fibonacci sequence and where it can be found all around us.
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A mathematical sequence occurs adding two numbers 0,1, and then two previous #’s 0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13...
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Nature grows most efficiently following the pattern in the Fibonacci sequence.
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Romanesca is a vegetable that has several spirals that follow the Fibonacci sequence.
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Sunflowers show a beautiful, repeated Fibonacci spiral pattern.
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Look at how artists use similar geometric compositions in art. Robert Smithson, “Spiral Jetty”
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Georgia O’Keefe “White Shell With Red Hills”
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Andy Goldsworthy “Carefully Broken Pebbles Scratched White With Another Stone”
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Meditation labyrinths are often designed in a spiral.
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Mosaic art is compromised of small, colored stones or tiles set together to create a pattern.
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View mosaics from art history that use geometric patterns. This one is by Michelangelo.
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This is an ancient Roman Mosaic Motif.
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This is an example of floor tile mosaics in Morocco.
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Time to give it a try! Make some rough drawings to find the spiral composition you like.
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Cut mosaic “tiles” from printed colors you find in your junk mail. Try different shapes and sizes.
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Place the cut pieces down on top of where you apply glue.
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You can plan ahead or decide on your pattern as you go.
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Keep going until you’re satisfied with your design.
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Try using different colors or patterns you find in your junk mail.
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Have fun! Use a limited palette if you want. You don’t have to fill the whole page.
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You can make your design into a postcard and send it to a friend. Turn junk mail into fun mail!
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Reflect. What do you like about your art? What would you do differently next time?
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