Change the Way Kids See Art and Math

By Laura Bierer, Art Teacher, St. Timothy’s School, Raleigh

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I went to ArtNC to look for project ideas and was inspired by the lesson plan Constructing Circles. I modified the 7th grade lesson to fit my 4th grade Art class and added the study of color theory. The students painted their circles, mixing their own secondary and tertiary colors. I focused specifically on the relationship of cool and hot colors to each other. I further emphasized the contrast by having the students look at their artwork with their own 3D glasses!

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It was so rewarding to hear them exclaim their amazement. Now they understand that the artist Frank Stella used math and art principles to make his masterpieces. As a student walked out wearing his 3D glasses, he said, “this was the best project ever!”

Watch this video to see how other students responded to the lesson and what they learned about art and math.

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Share your own creativity and success in the classroom! Let us know how you are using ArtNC lessons and NCMA works of art to teach big picture learning.

One thought on “Change the Way Kids See Art and Math

  1. […] could you incorporate Stella’s work into your curriculum? See how elementary art teacher Laura Bierer adapted a 7th grade lesson in constructing circles to 4th […]

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