Creating Rhythm in Abstract Art with Fibonacci- Lesson Plan


Create abstract art using the Fibonacci number sequence

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This lesson plan gives students the opportunity to learn about Fibonacci’s number sequence while creating abstract art.

Students will look at examples of Fibonacci’s number sequence in nature and famous works of art. Then students will create abstract art using squares sized according to Fibonacci’s number sequence.

This project works great for the Classical Conversations week 4, 30-minute art project.

This 18-page lesson plan includes the following:

  • A simple short overview of Fibonacci’s number sequence and how the Golden Ratio and the Rule of Thirds are derived from this number sequence.
  • A simple explanation of what makes art abstract
  • A short explanation of Rhythm, one of the seven Principles of Design
  • The “Principles of Design” poster
  • Photo examples of the Rule of Thirds
  • Fibonacci spiral template
  • Step-by-step instructions for how to draw a Fibonacci spiral
  • 5 photo examples of Fibonacci’s number sequence in nature
  • 6 examples of Fibonacci’s number sequence in art
  • Art Project samples
  • Vocabulary words and definitions
  • References to additional resources
  • Simple art project instructions
  • Materials list
  • Options for scaling the art project up or down depending on the experience level of your art students
  • Encore suggestions- These are ideas tutors and teachers can offer students for how they can repeat the lesson at home with a fun twist. If you have several hours to complete this art project, you may want to try one of these suggestions in class.

This item is also available, at a discount, within the Science Meets Art Drawing Package which includes 6 lesson plans and is ideal for weeks 1-6 of Fine Arts in a cycle 2 Classical Conversations Foundations community.

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Single User (and up to 10 students), 2-4 Users (and up to 40 students), 5-10 Users (and up to 100 students)


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