Posted in Art, Math, Passion Project

Name Art

What’s in a name?   


(And there’s perimeter around it!)
When learning about perimeter and/or area of irregular shapes, here’s a fun lesson do that.

Using graph paper, instruct students to draw their names using only whole blocks.


Lowercase Laura by ArtsyInquringMinds / CC BY 2.0

Uppercase Laura by ArtsyInquringMinds / CC BY 2.0

It is important to only use whole blocks, so that calculating the perimeter is simple.  If you want to make it more complicated, you could allow diagonally cut squares – triangles! – and discuss the Pythagorean Theorem.

If you know the units of your graph paper, then it would be easy to use the proper units, but if not, students can simply use generic labels of “units” and “units squared” as I have done.

Lowercase Area and Perimeter by ArtsyInquringMinds / CC BY 2.0

Uppercase Area and Perimeter by ArtsyInquiringMinds / CC BY 2.0

This project allows students to create their own project.  They can colour in their letters however they choose – or you could tie it purposefully into an art lesson using an element of design such as texture or colour.  

I think it would make a great display on a hall or classroom bulletin board, as well!

You can find the blog that inspired this project here.

Happy Calculating!