This is a quick update to my post about the Fibonacci number series, math, geometry and the elegant relationship to art. The Science Museum of Minnesota will be launching a Special Exhibition, “Geometry Playground,” 10/15/2010.
Here’s the overview from the website: “The Geometry Playground exhibition will change the way you think about geometry, letting you use your hands, brain, and body to play with physical demonstrations of this often ‘textbook subject.'” So the Science Museum is adding another sensory experience to synthesize the concept of geometry; a playful way to invite participation in experiencing geometry. Sounds like fun!
Regarding geometry and its relation to art, this week I presented a program on art and geometry at a third-grade summer-school class in St. Paul, MN. We talked about handmade quilts and the geometry involved in the design, artistry and construction of the quilts. The third-graders delighted in the surprise of seeing the squares, triangles, hexagons, and rectangles in the quilts. And since there were 16 students in the group, it was an ideal teaching opportunity to bring the concept of square numbers (i.e. 4 x 4) into the discussion. A beautiful way to bring geometry, math, art and an American craft to a group of students.