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Math: Visual Arts for Junior and High School
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, symetry, geometry, and perspective. Included is an eThemes resource on Geometry for Junior and High School.
Watch this video or read the article and learn how Brunelleschi rediscovered linear perspective during the Renaissance period. Click on the "Early Applications of Linear Perspective" link under "Brunelleschi" in the sidebar on the left-hand side of the page to see how this discovery was used. NOTE: This site includes a link to a discussion board.
See how three-dimensional space is depicted on a two-dimensional surface. Scroll down to "Art: Packing Three Dimensions into Two" and then click on "Read More" to view the lesson. This printer-friendly page explains the mathematics of linear perspective.
Read about the Alhambra, a fortress in Spain built by an Islamic sultan, and see the mathematically-patterned tile work for which this site is famous. Each pattern includes questions for students to answer.
Explore this site for explanations of the geometric principles behind pattern and symmetry. These pages contain many illustrated examples, exercises, and thoerems. Click on the "Next" link at the bottom of each page to advance to the next page.
These sites have information on geometry for junior high and high school students. There are several interactive sites that allow the manipulation of geometric shapes. Also includes hands-on classroom activities and online quizzes. There are examples on how geometry is used in the real world such as geometric shapes in buildings and orienteering. There are links to eThemes Resources on mathematics in everyday uses and bridge construction.