Six creative activities to enthuse and engage
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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 people of all ages: its algorithmic nature means that it simply requires the ability to follow instructions carefully and to use a pencil and straight edge accurately. It is engaging, enriching and thoroughly enjoyable, enabling everyone to experience the joy of success through mathematical art-making.
The six Artful Math 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 color, all of which entail thinking about measurements, proportions and symmetry. For ages 9 to adult.
- Curves of Pursuit
- Mazes and Labyrinths
- Impossible Objects
- Perfect Proportions
- Parabolic Curves
The Artful Math Activity Book is a stand-alone book for those who wish to work through the activities independently. An ideal addition to a mathematics library or club - and as a prize too. It can also be used in the classroom as an optional learners’ workbook to accompany the Teacher Book.
The Artful Math Teacher Book includes teaching resources to help plan lessons to draw out the mathematics underlying the patterns and to practice key content in the school curriculum, including downloadable Powerpoint presentations and templates.
Clarissa Grandi is a math 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.