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- Create fine art-inspired projects using math, including M. C. Escher’s tessellations, Wassily Kandinski’s abstractions, and Alexander Calder’s mobiles.
- Make pixel art using graph paper, grids, and dot grids.
- Explore projects that teach symmetry with mandala drawings, stained glass rose window art, and more.
- Use equations, counting, addition, and multiplication to create Fibonacci and golden rectangle art.
- Play with geometric shapes like spirals, hexagrams, and tetrahedrons.
- Learn about patterns and motifs used by cultures from all over the world, including Native American porcupine quill art, African Kente prints, and labyrinths from ancient Crete.
- Cook up some delicious math by making cookie tangrams, waffle fractions, and bread art.
Take a creative path to mastering math with Math Art and Drawing Games for Kids!
From the Publisher
Math Art and Drawing Games For Kids
I really did not like math at first. I remember crying over it often as a kid. I was so relieved when I was finished taking my last math class in college, thinking I would be finished with it forever! When I started homeschooling my kids, I saw that this would not be the case. It was when my own kids started telling me that they hated math that I really thought hard about how to teach it in new ways. It was important to me that my kids did not have the same feelings about math that I always did.
We always hear how important it is to know and understand math. It’s used in life in so many ways. When you can find a little joy and meaning in math, there’s less fear of it. In this book, I teach you different ways it’s used in real life. These art projects will help you bring some excitement to your math lessons by getting creative and messy with math!
This book is geared towards kids ages 8 to 12. I have two kids in that age range, and they did each project along with me as I worked on this book. It made me smile to see how much fun they had.
The most important thing I want to you understand from this book is that math really and truly can be enjoyable. So get ready to have fun and create some amazing art!
What You’ll Need
Basic arts and crafts supplies (i.e. scissors, pencils, etc.)
Specialty supplies (i.e. embroidery thread, wire, etc.)
Paul Klee’s Geometric Mosaic
Paul Klee (1879-1940) was a Swiss-German artist who worked during the late 1800s and early 1900s. He had a unique style influenced by cubism, impressionism, and surrealism. This project is based on his painting Castle and Sun, which is made up of colorful geometric shapes that form a castle. You can create your own piece of art patterned after Klee’s painting using pieces of paper.
Jasper Johns’s Hidden Number Art
Jasper Johns (1930- ) is an American artist known for pop art and abstract expressionism. He created a fun painting involving numbers titled Abstract Number Art that inspired this project.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Geometric Stained-Glass Art
Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) was an American architect. In his buildings, he made some beautiful stained-glass creations. This project is based on some of his stained-glass work. Wright designed the Avery Coonley Playhouse as a kindergarten room and used colorful shapes that suggested balloons, flags, and confetti in its windows. Have fun designing and creating your own Wright-inspired stained-glass art.
This project is messy and tons of fun! Wear clothes and shoes that wash easily or that you don’t mind getting a little messy. You will need a large roll of paper or old newspapers, a metal baking sheet or tray, and washable paint rocks.
Kirigami Paper Cutting
Kirigami is a style of origami, but it involves cutting the paper as well as folding it. The term kirigami comes from the Japanese words kiri, which means “cut,” and kami, which means “paper.” This project uses a few simple shapes to make three-dimensional pop-outs.
This project combines measuring with shapes to make a stunning design. You will use stacks of squares that descend in size and a little glue to make this fun work of art. You will need colored paper graph paper, a ruler, a pencil, scissors, and glue.
Native American Quill Art
Native Americans use porcupine quills in embroidery and jewelry. The Ojibwe people, for example, are famous for their quill boxes made from birch bark and porcupine quills. The design used is an eight-sided star that’s an important symbol to the Sioux people.
Pattern Block Cookies
Learning is always more fun when food—especially cookies—is involved! These pattern block cookies are exciting to make, use for math patterns, and eat. When you combine multiple senses in your learning, you will remember it more. So, enjoy eating your way through learning!