Students in grade 8 art class are carefully examining the shape of plants we eat. By looking at peppers, tomatoes, pumpkins and apples, they notice and learn about natural shapes, patterns, textures and colours. Students have the choice to work in any of three media; normal pencils, aquarelle colour pencils or pen-and- ink. Their observational work on plants include the exploration and drawings of leaves, stalks, branches, flowers and roots.
The hidden geometry in plants teaches us about living rhythms, form and number. Making connections between Fibonacci numbers and plants proves once again that art classes add to our appreciation and understanding of how the world works – and in this case – how the natural world works.
By Stephanie Wintjes, MS Art teacher