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Math: Visual Arts

These websites are about the importance of math to the visual arts. There are many lesson plans and activities where students can create artwork based on mathematical concepts such as pattern, symmetry, geometry, and perspective. Included are eThemes resources on pattern and tessellations.


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This site has a number of exercises and worksheets that allow students to explore geometry by making drawings.
Use this interactive site to create your own mathematical art based on symetry. NOTE: This site contains ads.
Here are some math-based craft projects for younger students. You can make symetrical butterflies or string art, symetrical designs, tesselations, and more.
Here is a simple project where kids can make a symetrical artwork.
Students can create their own mandala designs using a protractor, compass, and ruler in this lesson that combines art and geometry.
After learning about Op Art and optical illusions, students can create their own design using pattern, balance, and repitition. This lesson plan can be adapted for a wide range of grade levels.
Here is an activity that uses art to teach math. Students can make a pastel drawing out of numeral sentences.
This lesson uses math and data collection skills to make a graphic representation.
Using simple materials and measuring tools such as a compass and ruler, students can explore the design possibilities of checkerboard patterns in this lesson.
Students can explore the concepts of negative space, shape, and symetry with this activity.
Students can gain experience using pattern and repetition in this simple activity.
Here is a two-page PDF file that explains how to make our own tessellation designs.
This is an exhibit of the mathematical art of M. C. Escher. Read a short biography of the artist, see images of his work, and learn about tessellations, polyhedra, and spatial relationships.
In this multi-part lesson, students can learn about Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky and apply their knowledge of geometric shapes and lines to create their own work of Kandinsky-inspired art.
These sites show different patterns with numbers and objects. Learn how to decipher patterns, then try to determine what comes next in several online pattern games. Also includes classroom activity ideas. There are links to eThemes Resources on Math: Virtual Manipulatives and Math: Tessellations.
These sites explain how to create tessellations with polygons using rotation and reflection. Also includes information about artist M.C. Escher and examples of his tessellation artwork. There are several interactive games for manipulating patterns online. Includes a link to eThemes resources on pattern blocks and tangrams, shapes, and symmetry.

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