MATHEMATICS & ART
It is a very hard task as a math teacher to make your students participate in every lesson. That is the reason why once in a while you need to give them a break. You can combine teaching math with art. It’s such an amazing idea, right? But you will surely ask, won’t it make the lesson harder to understand? My dear, using art in math will improve the retention of the main concepts and terminologies in mathematics. When you try it you can tell that the idea is totally unique and boundless.
Many students are gifted, but it is not enough that they are born with talent. You need to nurture them and let them discover themselves to unlock their own capabilities. You can make them feel included while singing a song about math together. You can also allow them to find a new buddy by means of group activities. Math and art also contribute to the following:
- Concept Visualization. It happens when a student uses their creativity and great imagination to draw scenarios inside their young minds. The retention of shapes, colors, and numbers is awesome when their brains are activated.
- Enjoyment. This is like giving a special treat to the children. The activities will make them realize that mathematics can be fun! Make your student love Math better than ever!
- Unique Ideas. You will be surprised that there are students who can do good art and there are ones who can make a mind-blowing idea. Minds of young people are just boundless. Encourage them to do any kind of art and learn from them as well.
WHEN AND HOW TO INCLUDE ART IN MATH
Nursery, kindergarten and lower elementary really appreciates artistic activities. It is like playing while learning. Upper elementary and middle school math instructors should also let their students do amazing art while learning math.
SAMPLE MATH ART
Many students just hate hearing geometry. Don’t overthrow lessons to them. Include art especially for lower grades. Don’t let them feel that math class is a burden. Let them appreciate the importance of lines, shapes, etc. Try assigning the HIDDEN SHAPES or FINDING THE HIDDEN SHAPES art projects.
Let them draw different shapes or color them. Here are the samples:
In reality many this is just part of a whole. Let your students learn some fraction as early as now. It would be fun I assure you!
Let them mix and match colors. Here are the samples:
MIX AND MATCH
For upper elementary let the students make a painting showing the answers to the following questions. (You can create your own mixture).
½ of Red + ½ of White = Dark Pink
¼ of Red + ¾ of White = Pink
1/8 of Red + 7/8 of White = Light Pink
As you can see the flamingo shows all the correct answers. Different shades of pink are visible. Enjoy!!!!
How about Geography plus Art?
Just like how art benefits math, it also a perfect match for geographic study. The student wondering what else the earth and its countries can offer will be overwhelmed and will surely get excited with these amazing activities! Let them love the subject geography.
SAMPLE GEOGRAPHY ART
Let them make a world map using styropor ball and color the areas, lands and countries projecting the following: Then let them discuss some parts of it.
- Blue: lakes, rivers, streams, oceans, reservoirs, highways, and local borders
- Red: major highways, roads, urban areas, airports, special-interest sites, military sites, place names, buildings, and borders
- Yellow: built-up or urban areas
- Green: parks, golf courses, reservations, forest, orchards, and highways
- Brown: deserts, historical sites, national parks, military reservations or bases, and contour (elevation) lines
- Black: roads, railroads, highways, bridges, place names, buildings, and borders
Let them create anything related to art either a song, statue, painting or drawing that will illustrate where do they want to travel in the future.
Let them create a map made from the grains, lentils, spices, and herbs that are abundant on specific land.
You can never imagine how art can change the way your students take hard subjects like mathematics and geometry. As a teacher, you can experiment with multiple things just for the sake of the children and their education. By doing these simple activities you are not only teaching them a lesson, but you might be actually molding a future artist.