What are Agamographs?
These unique works of art were invented by artist Yaacov Agam, who is known for his "kinetic" creations that involve movement and viewer participation. The final product is a piece of artwork that is folded, like an accordion. Agamographs allow the viewer to see one image when the work is viewed from one angle and a completely different image when the work is viewed from another angle.
How do you make these Agamographs?
There are various ways to make Agamographs, but I’ve chosen to use the way that is easiest for students. Students will need scissors, glue, and coloring supplies, as well as one standard 9" x 12" piece of construction paper. The templates are provided for you in this packet. All you have to do is print the pages you want, and then help your students through the visual directions. I recommend creating an example ahead of time, and displaying it on your Smartboard, along with these directions.
Why are Agamographs useful in teaching Math?
First of all, students of all ages like coloring and creating things! Also, this art activity breaks the normal routine, and that’s something that both you and your students will enjoy. Furthermore, you can display the finished Agamographs, and students will feel a sense of pride, and they will gain repeated exposures to the essential concepts being taught! They can’t help but look at them. Lastly, the very nature of a transformational artwork lends itself beautifully to the transformational concepts involved in converting units, simplifying fractions, transforming fractions to decimals, and all the other conversions and transformations that we teach in Math.
This Agamograph packet includes geometric transformations. There are examples of translations, rotations, reflections, and dilations. This activity will help students identify these transformations, so they can later perform them on the coordinate plane.
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