The Magpie Unit has started a unit of work looking at how maths appears in Art. The students will study 4 art mediums (Charcoal, Lino Printing, Painting and Sculpture) and 3 maths topics (Fibonacci Number Sequence, 2D and 3D shape and Angles). The final outcome will be each student producing a piece of artwork from one of these mediums that demonstrates one of the maths concepts. The artworks will be displayed in a public art exhibition later in the year.
The making of a class quilt was to engage students into the project. Each student was allocated a rectangle and using fabric paints they decorated their ‘patch’ of the quilt.
Fibonacci Number Sequence
Students were given a list of numbers (1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21) and in groups they needed to work out the pattern. This task produced a lot of discussion and most groups were successful at discovering that the numbers in the sequence are the total of the previous two numbers when added together. We looked at Fibonacci’s rabbit problem and eventually got our heads around it – it was very confusing.
In art lessons with Jane Mant, students have been learning how to use charcoal as an art medium. We have been very impressed with the quality of work produced so far.
In PBL lessons we have experimented with lino printing. Each student was given a small square, which they carefully carved without serious injury and then we printed their design in a range of colours. We think they look pretty good.
With Jane Mant, students have been learning painting techniques, such as blending. These skills will be especially helpful if students choose painting as the medium for their piece of artwork.
In art lessons students will continue to learn painting techniques before moving onto sculpture. In PBL lessons, we are going to look at tessellations, particularly how to make tessellations that are rotational, reflective and transitional. In maths lessons we have been covering 2D and 3D shape and students will be able to use their learning in maths in the final artwork.