Six ready to use mathematical activities to enthuse and engage
The wonderful thing about mathematical art is that the most beautiful geometric patterns can be produced without needing to be able to draw, or be ‘good at art’.
Mathematical art is accessible to learners of all ages: its algorithmic nature means that it simply requires the ability to follow instructions carefully and to use a pencil and ruler accurately. It is engaging, enriching, thoroughly enjoyable and is a great leveller in the classroom. Learners who may not normally shine in mathematics lessons will take your breath away with their creativity. Those who struggle with their mathematics will experience the joy of success through their mathematical art-making.
The six Artful Maths activities in this book are hands-on tasks that will develop important skills such as hand-eye co-ordination, manual dexterity and design thinking, which is a valuable form of problem-solving. Decisions need to be made about placement, size and colour, all of which entail thinking about measurements, proportions and symmetry. For ages 9 to 16+.
- Curves of Pursuit
- Mazes and Labyrinths
- Impossible Objects
- Perfect Proportions
- Parabolic Curves
Artful Maths - The Teacher's Book
The purchase price of the book includes downloadable teaching resources to help plan lessons to draw out the mathematics underlying the patterns and to practice key content in the school curriculum.
See also the Artful Maths - Activity Book an optional learners’ workbook that may be used in the classroom to accompany the Teacher’s Book. The Activity Book can also be used as a stand-alone book for learners who wish to work through the activities independently. An ideal addition to a mathematics library or club - and as a prize too.
Clarissa Grandi is a maths teacher and geometric artist based in the UK. She is passionate about engaging learners in their mathematics through the exploration of pattern-making and mathematical art. She is the founder of ArtfulMaths.com, an online platform sharing ideas and resources to support the teaching of mathematical art and origami in schools. She can also be found on Twitter as @c0mplexnumber, where she posts and retweets creative mathematical images and ideas, and on Instagram as @clarissagrandi.art.
A Tarquin Original ISBN 9781911093183