Seventh-grade students in regular Math 7 and Advanced Pre-Algebra classes at Pizitz Middle School created these designs for a project that helped students develop an understanding of geometric concepts such as measurement, symmetry, segments, angles, circles and regular polygons. Protractors, rulers, and compasses were used to create angles, polygons, and similar figures. Many students who normally struggle in math delved into this project and found it very enjoyable! This project allows students to integrate math and art to develop a new appreciation for the beauty of geometry.
Students start off learning how to draw a basic angle and two circles, and they work on increasingly difficult designs that gradually lead them to their own unique line design. Along the way, students are taught how to sew the angles and circles, and many models are shown of high-quality designs done by former students. When students turn in their initial designs drawn on paper, the teacher talks to each student individually to provide critique and feedback. The final line designs are sewn with needle and thread on poster board. This project required a couple of months from start to finish, but students did not work on it on a daily basis.
How This Project Can Be Useful
- Model of a well crafted interdisciplinary product (art and math) that engages students in appreciating the beauty of geometry
- Combination of visual art and math challenges students both creatively and academically
- Multiple elements of this project challenge students to think about mathematics and visual art in both two-dimensions and three-dimensions