PARABOLIC UNITS FORM FABULOUS SQUARES
By now, everyone understands the method of number sequencing and line connection. Now it's our turn to plan a unique configuration of our own.
The assignment was to create and unusual organization of parabolic "units" into an exciting and interesting "pattern". At least 10 units were required, and more was encouraged.
We began by making tracing paper cutouts (see below) of parabolic curves in different unit sizes. This enabled flexibility in organization and arrangement of the units by spacing them, overlapping them, varying size placements, etc. The units were to fit a 10" square. To encourage line diversity and contrasts, units had to be constructed in 1/8", 1/4" and 1/2" measurements.
Rough drafts of the arrangements were made by simply placing the cut pieces into a 10" square on the back of the final paper. These transparent papers were not numbered, although some preferred to draw a few lines for directional purposes. In addition, students were encouraged to also include uneven, acute, and obtuse angles and cut these unit shapes as well. The parabolic curves were lightly sketched and the papers were removed. This served as an excellent referral as the final design was being drawn on the other side.