Arts-Centred Learning in Math Inspired by Artist Piet Mondrian
Students emulated Mondrian’s style to create a work of their own using paint. Students planned out their composition and made precise measurements. Multiple entry points were accomplished through the freedom to create pieces that were as complex and intricate as the students chose. Most students were able to relate measurement to multiplication, and multiplication to area. Other students were able to focus on less complex developmental skills while still participating in work they were proud to do. All students were involved in a process that highlighted and connected math concepts to an artistic experience that was both gratifying and engaging. After we created our artwork, we played with Cuisenaire rods to make arrays on the rectangles. This allowed us to check our measurement and self-assess our work. (Cuisenaire rods should fit perfectly in the rectangles if measurements were careful and accurate). When we move on to fractions we will relate back to this project. We were really able to connect to a ton of outcomes through this one engaging experience.
Tiffany Dahl is a grade 3 and 4 teacher at Belfast School. She enjoys travelling and empowering student voice!