Friday, March 27, 2009

Geometry in Art

Last year I focused a lot on geometry as art regarding presentations, lessons and activities. These lessons resulted in many wonderful pieces of work. Here are a few samples:

Pentagon Placement -

Creating Geometric Forms -

However, last year's lessons included discussions on the relationship between geometry and design. Therefore the resulting group or individual work conveyed that.

Recently, in two separate cases (I might have missed other instances) students independently sought out materials from both the geometry cabinet and the geometric solids to assist them in their art work.

Zoe chose the cylinder from the geometric solids to make the initial outline of a vase when she was painting a still life.

Jack chose the oval inset and frame from the geometry cabinet for making the outline of his face when he painted his self-portrait. He used the same shape when he painted portraits of his classmates.

When I made note of it in my conversations with them their replies were such that one could not help but think these materials are their tools such as a carpenter would have to achieve her/his work. I was very pleased that they knew what they needed, found it and completed their work with it.


Lindart said...

I remember your geometry work from before - amazing!! It is very cool that the children remember too and use the "tools" they have in the classroom.

Susan Y. Dyer said...

This just supports the three year classroom. They return to lessons they had a year or two before.

Susan Dyer
The Moveable Alphabet