We are asked to research the Golden Mean (also known as the Golden Ratio, Golden Section), as well as the Rule of Thirds.

**Golden Ratio / Fibonacci Sequence**

Yes, well I don’t do maths. So, I will not try to pretend I completely understand the Golden Ratio at all. There are many helpful websites that go into this in great detail, such as this one with overview, diagrams, illustrations etc.:

https://www.mathsisfun.com/numbers/golden-ratio.html

Simply put- we find the golden ratio when we divide a line into two parts so that the long part divided by the short part *is also equal to* the whole length divided by the long part.

Several YouTube videos explain this in more detail, here’s one of the clearest (for mathphobes like me … duh).

# Golden Ratio Theory | Basics for Beginners

By Tip Tut

**Rule of Thirds**

I understand the rule of thirds and have used this device many times with regards formulating a composition for a landscape or other types of artwork, as well as photography. It is possible, though, to fall into the trap of *only* using this trick in your work, thereby making everything formulaic. However, I am always aware of this rule when I start *any *work, which can be annoying.

**Bibliography**

https://www.canva.com/learn/what-is-the-golden-ratio/

Albert. G *The Simple Secret to Better painting* NorthLightBooks 2003 ps. 47-48, 51, 88-89, 91 (source of images for Rule of Thirds examples above)