Mason City Study Group
| Here the study group is busy with the first set of transformations.
While working, Joanne reported that they commented that they liked this or that design and took time
to share with each other what the glued-down designs reminded them of.
Pat glued her design using eight red squares and said it could represent a floor plan for family living similar to the way an African society lives in community sharing a central court. Joanne mentioned that it reminded her of Wright's Quadruple Block Plan for urban living.
Pat's idea was for the four "point-to-point" adjoining squares to represent the main living and work areas with the outer squares being each persons' private space or bedroom. Large windows would face into the courtyard. One roof over all would unify the spaces.
Joanne liked the repetition of her pattern. It is neat and orderly. Also, the instability of the two squares in the middle are held in check by the top and bottom rows of squares that are in a predictable pattern.
Dr.McCoy used eight half-squares of two different colors on his symmetrical design. with each opposite "branch" showing like shapes, but each of opposite colors. All of the red shapes are symmetrically opposite of the green shapes.
Peggy's design is similar to Bob's but with sixteen half-squares using two opposite colors. The players noted that when using two different colors, the ground-form can be more easily seen; they also see other shapes within shapes as the colors differentiate them.
For instance, this particular combo shows 4 triangles each of two green half-squares, and overall 4 rhombuses each of two red half-squares. Finally, 4 trapezoids appear with each "blade" composed of two combined colors.
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