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Re: Geometry and Art

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Michelle H. Harrell (mmhar)
Sun, 17 Jan 1999 08:08:54 PST

There's many ways to integrate geometry into your art curriculum without
sacrifying what you normally teach. Just think about whatever you want
your students to learn and what concepts and terminology could be used
to teach it that would also be used in geometry. Integrating doesn't
mean I teach math, science, or writing, but that I use shared vocabulary
so that the students will make the connection. Geometry is based on the
idea of points, lines, planes and spatial relationships (isn't a lot of
what we teach in art based on those things too?). Also, talk to that
teacher about what you had planned to teach the students beforehand and
she can probably think of connections you wouldn't have thought of.
Integrating is a two way road; she will need to use some art vocabulary
when she is explaining her lesson too.
Here's a couple of things I do just to give you ideas:

-Still life drawing with boxes: Discuss volume and surface area in their
drawings. When shading, values change where two planes meet.
-Paper Sculpture/ Orgami: Have students create geometric solids like a
box, cylinder, or pyramid using wallpaper samples. They use critical
thinking to construct it. This could also be done with clay to teach
slab construction if you have the kiln etc.
-Weaving: Have students plan a weaving with a square in it using grid
paper. They can then slide the grid under the loom and do the square
first and then the rest. You can relate this to locating points on a

Michelle H. Harrell
North Garner Middle School
Garner, North Carolina
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