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Keeping the Creativity at Home with MAGnificent Saturdays - March 6, 2021

Today's MAGnificent Saturdays art activity for you to do at home:

Fantastic Fibonacci Spirals

Today we'll be drawing inspiration from the perfectly balanced patterns in nature and using the Golden Ratio as our focal point. Where can you find spiral shapes in nature? Try out today’s #MAGsatathome activity- Fantastic Fibonacci Spirals!

COMPOSITION: The arrangement of elements in a piece of art.

PROPORTION: The relationship of how two or more elements in a piece of art  and how they compare to each other in size, aka ratio.

RHYTHM: In art, rhythm refers to the visual flow of a piece—how is your eye drawn around the piece?

EMPHASIS:  The use of visual elements to draw the viewer’s eye to a certain area or focal point.

Don't forget to tag us on Facebook, Twitter @RedDeerMuseum or Instagram @rdmag #MAGsatathome with your creations! We'd love to see them.

You can download the instructions here.

FB Live Instructions

What You Need: Drawing paper, ruler, pencil, coloured pencils, Fibonacci spiral printout, eraser, glue

Step 1. First, using your ruler and pencil, lightly create a border around the outside edges of your paper. Then, glue down the Golden Spiral printout you’ve downloaded. You can put it right in the middle, or have it offset within the frame!

Step 2. Now, think about what parts of nature have a spiral shape to them! Shells, plants, and nebulas are some examples of subject matter that have elements that fit a spiral shape. Start sketching out your piece once you’ve decided what you’ll draw.

Step 3. Once you’re happy with your drawing, use coloured pencils to bring it to life! (Tip: you can layer colours over each other for smoothly blended colour gradients.)

Step 4. Once finished colouring, use a golden paint marker to emphasize the spiral on the printout.

Fantastic Fibonacci Spirals instructions

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