Art and Geometry

Art and Geometry

Students learn to apply understanding of triangles and symmetry in math to various projects in visual arts, thereby strengthening their understanding of the math concepts.

Grade 3
Content Area Math
Key Benchmark MA 3.6.1: Predict and confirm the results of flipping, sliding, and turning shapes

MA 3.6.3: Recognize rotational symmetry of plane figures
Art Form Visual Arts
Art Benchmark FA 3.1.1: Use the elements and principles of art and design, including, value (i.e., tints and shades, analogous colors), line, rhythm, movement, proportion, and balance
School Year 2008-2009
Artist Ellen Crocker
Unit Plan

Lesson Plans

LP1 Shape Transformations

Students cut out isosceles and right triangles, place them on paper, trace, and then predict the outcome of flipping and sliding the figures. Students then do an implied texture with pens and crayons, later using color to move the eye around the artwork. (Adapted from Toolkit lesson p. 152)

LP2 Making Quilt Blocks with Right Triangles

Students cut into triangles from folded colored paper, creating a whole quilt block from the parts, which is glued to a backing. Each student brings his/her block to the floor, creating a paper quilt. Art elements and design principles are discussed as various ways of composing the “quilt” are tried.

LP3 Rotational Symmetry in Hawaiian Quilt Patterns

Students cut pattens from isoceles triangles, which can be arranged in rotational symmetry. Working with the ideas of patterns, symmetry, design—repetition and variety, warm & cool colors.

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LP1 samples
LP1 samples
LP2: Making Quilt Blocks with Right Triangles
LP3: Student cuts half a triangle from folded paper