You can incorporate math into artistic endeavours at any grade level!
This activity is appropriate for students who are learning their numbers, i.e. Preschool or Kindergarten kids.
Thumprint Leaves by ArtsyInquringMinds / CC BY 2.0
To get the template for this activity, check out Tina’s blog: Fun Handprint Art.
While I only used this template for the activity of counting the leaves while I made them, Tina has a few games that can you can use with the template to make it interesting, if you want to switch it up a little.
If we instill a love for numeracy at a young age, we will be setting up our students well for their futures. As an adult, there is no way to get through even a single day without using math, so a strong numeracy foundation is super important.
For the art class that is part of my education post-degree program at UVIC, we were to create a graphic organizer showing possible ideas of how to incorporate art into the classroom. Within it we explored possible age-appropriate mediums for each of the following disciplines:
- Mixed Media
- New Media
This is what my classmate, Willson, and I came up with!
Art Possibilities by ArtsyInquringMinds / CC BY 2.0
It was super fun to think about what we could do and search through all of the cool things people are doing and sharing on the internet. I can’t wait to try some of these projects with a class someday!
I can remember learning geometry units in school on multiple occasions, and while I LOVED them, others dreaded them.
This activity was really fun to do, especially for me, since I’m quite visual. Of course, creating the star and then colouring it was the best part, but taking the time to label the simpler one is how I (pretending to be the student) show my learning.
Here’s the link to the activity that inspired these pictures.
You could easily include other math learning goals to this activity.
Off the top of my head, I can think of:
- Measuring the line segments
- Calculate the perimeter of your star
- Label the different kinds of triangles within your star
- Compare values (such as perimeter or longest line segment) with a partner
On top of those options, as far as increasing the amount of art in this lesson, you could:
- Fill the final star with different patterns or textures
- Talk about primary, secondary, tertiary colours as a way of colouring in the final star – or even complementary or monochromatic colour schemes
- Talk about warm or cool colours as a way of colouring in the final star
Simple Geometry Star by ArtsyInquiringMinds / CC BY 2.0
Colourful Geometry Star by ArtsyInquiringMinds / CC BY 2.0
By having each student complete two stars, you able to assess their understanding from the first one, and adjust your lessons accordingly, while they move on to the one that they have freedom to decorate as they choose.
The completed coloured stars would make a really interesting display as a class set and perhaps could be used as the beginning or end to a space unit.
The possibilities are endless!
A City of Pi by ArtsyInquiringMinds / CC BY 2.0
This is the first project for my technology passion project.
You might be wondering how it fits into a course about technology . . . And I’m happy to clear that up for you. You see, technology is everything. Recently, we’ve come to think of technology as computers and other electronics, but even something as basic as a felt pen or a pencil crayon is a piece of technology. It was invented to solve a problem, just like our cell phones we are attached to!
I start all my projects by exploring Pinterest for ideas. This one is no different. I came across a blog detailing how to celebrate PI DAY (3/14 – March 14th) with a math based activity.
Here’s a link to the original post – you’ll find the instructions there – Erica did a fantastic job, check it out!
This activity could really be used any day of the year if your class is working on a topic such as bar graphs or circles. Also, this could make a fantastic home project, so if you’ve got kids at home who are working on those topics I highly recommend giving it a try.
I really love the versatility of this project.
Here are a few ways it could be completed:
- Colour the bar graph a different colour – or even multiple colours!
- Create the background with felts or pencil crayons.
- Use the background to do a study on perspective – two lessons in one project!
- Do a collage for the background for an abstract look.
Can you think of any other ways to personalize this project?
It’s been a long time since I truly explored something because I wanted to, so when we were encouraged to dive into a passion to complete a project for a tech class I was initially very unsure what I was going to do. When the assignment was introduced I was challenged by the lack of structure as well, but with a little bit of brainstorming at home as well as discussions with others, I came up with something!
When I thought about what I have consistently done for fun whenever a little bit of free time presented itself to me the decision was easy.
I’m CRAFTY – my project needed to be something creative.
I like to colour.
I like to paint.
I like to bake.
I like to make collages.
You get the idea!
I also really love math. Numbers are something I have always loved, but I realize that not everyone feels the same way, so my mission (and yes, I do choose to accept it!) will be to find or create lessons for elementary or middle school math classes that use art. Once I have them, I will be completing those activities myself and posting them here on the blog.
Stay tuned to see my attempts and successes!
Maths Clock by duncan c / CC BY-NC 2.0