We often get asked for more specific examples of what learning looks like in our classroom. In some situations, we start with the art. We have students look at a piece of art and discuss the math that they see. We focus on sharing common vocabulary and concepts. Sometimes we need to provide more information for students to take the math a step further. We upload an image of an artwork into an online graphing software (we use Desmos) or provide a piece of grid paper photocopied onto acetate so students can add context to their art. We have also had students measure the dimensions of shapes in their work to discuss math in more detail.
We have a resource book called ArtGram that is designed to take students or educators through examples of the many math applications that can be connected to this project. It outlines both math and art concepts and gives students space to answer questions, practice art techniques and create their own examples.
Below is an example of how we might take an art project and provide context for students to discuss and analyze math: