Math in Art

Intended for use in the elementary art classroom, this gallery highlights the symbiotic relationship between math and art. Through examining this relationship, students will gain an understanding of its subtle complexity and importance, enabling them to make more deliberate creative choices while recognizing and appreciating choices made by fellow artists.

Art educators may discuss concepts such as: Rotation, symmetry, tessellations, patterns, the golden ratio, shapes and their interactions (additive, subtractive, etc.), fractions, composition, and proportions (relationships, i.e. greater than, less than, etc.). These concepts may fuel a successful practical design unit.

Literal, everyday fractions.
Exploring shapes/shape relationships in everyday objects.
Abstraction of shapes/relationships.
Making the abstract concrete and functional.
Making the abstract concrete and functional.
Angles, proportions, shape interactions, etc.
Repetition (patterns), fractions, etc.
How many squares? How many rectangles? How many colors?
"Grid" provides opportunities to zoom in and analyze details, fractions of shapes.
Identifying everyday examples. Prompting interest in color choice.
Introduction to perspective. "The buildings are actually rectangles from a different angle. "
Understanding the application of math and art to design--something that we are surrounded by.
"What shapes did Edward Hopper use to create this diner?"
Seeing color within the confines of a patterned rectangle.
Seeing color relationships create shapes, lines, compositional divisions.
Employing patterned color to create proportion, depth, value.
Math found in nature, found in art.
More color fields/shapes. Potential for mixing colors, formulating color recipes .
More color formulating, use of pattern, etc.
Exploring changes in color with same shapes.
Examining the details. The sum is greater than its parts.
Use of spiral can be compared to some kind of linear data--perhaps each bottle's color represents something.
Triangles in circles which create a sphere.
More tessellations.
Finding repetitive forms within the whole. Identifying pattern.
"How many of the red pieces are needed to fill one square foot? How many blue?" Can be used to convey the scale of this piece.
Same color palette's mood is changed by shapes. Stark shapes vs.
fluid shapes .
Creating a repeating sequence.
More design applications.
Unconventional gridding as a guide.
Divided composition as a means to focus in on details.
Seeing the design all around us.