The Art of Mathematics is an activity-based exploration of the deep relationship between art and mathematics. Students will investigate art history, techniques, as well as specific artists to see how mathematics has played a vital role in the creation of great works of art. Using the specific mediums of pencils, charcoal, pastels, and watercolors, students will analyze famous art pieces and artists and use their mathematical findings to create their own artwork. Each art activity is designed to help students hone their analytical skills while mastering academic content.
Students will engage in hands-on art exploration to discover how math effects both the structure and techniques of art. Each art exploration will be accompanied by an extension focusing on strengthening a specific math skill ranging from geometry to fractions.
General Format - Students will engage in a math activity targeting a specific art concept, or artist, complemented by an extension activity focusing on a specific math skill. Each class will follow the general outline:
a. art exploration
b. math extension
c. reflection and discussion
Schedule - The Art of Mathematics is a 20-hour workshop with a 2-hour meeting time.
Student Responsibilities - Students will be shown proper handling of tools and art supplies and will be expected to adhere to class guidelines.
In between each meeting, we ask that students continue to work on their math and art skills through problem sets we will provide. Students are expected to work independently and in small groups. Students are expected to record their activities and problem solving methods.
Students should be comfortable with addition and subtraction of single and multi-digit numbers. They should have exposure to multiplication of single-digit numbers and simple fractions.