Maths and Art
The Maths and Art project was conceived as a
cross curricular project to enable Year 7
students to understand applications of the
geometry that they had learned in their Maths
classes. The project was lead by Rachel Garfield
from Bow Arts at the initiation of the Maths Department.
Pupils were asked to make some patterns to go
on the windows of the Maths classroom. In the
first week, they were shown images by artists
who used Islamic patterns and architectural
designs as their inspiration.
Students were taken through the steps of
drawing up small grids on A4 paper from which
they were going to make patterns. The grid
allowed them to practice and apply their
mathematics skills, as did the drawing of
patterns using the grid. During the second
double lesson, pupils enlarged their drawings
on to bigger sheets of paper, first increasing
the size of the initial grid from A4 to A1 size.
This was their biggest challenge, taking a whole
lesson of careful work to complete! Then they
transposed the drawings and began painting
them as a way to envisage the final painting on
Finally, students transposed the paintings on
to the perspex by tracing their designs with felt
tip and painting with glass paints. As well as
applying the mathematics, they learnt skills of
accuracy and control with a paint brush, how to
develop an image through a process and,
probably above all, making an image in
collaboration with others.