By Brandi Self, Arts360 District Coordinator
It is important for students of all ages to use mathematics in real world applications, and one of the best ways to do this is through the connection of visual art and mathematics. Sol LeWitt was an American artist who emphasized ideas over final products. Because of this, he sent out directions to various art institutions across the country. Employees used these directions to create artwork. Using this concept, students can be given a set of directions that requires the knowledge of fractions and geometrical concepts to create a piece of art. Students complete their art piece on black paper that is lightly divided into 24 grid units. The directions require students to solve mathematical problems such as “3/8 of the grid units contain a dashed vertical line using an analogous color” in order to complete the art piece. Though each child, or group of children, is given the same set of directions, each art work will be slightly different. This helps lead a discussion on “What is art?” By requiring students to apply mathematical concepts in order to produce a final product, we are encouraging critical thinking and cooperation.
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