If you are looking for activities that involve students with mathematics and art, then consider painting math murals in the hallways or classrooms of your school.
When our school’s new math/science wing was completed in 1999, we had a beautiful new building with blemish free white walls in both our classrooms and hallways. It did not take long for the teachers in these rooms to place posters along with other decorations on their walls. However, the hallways remained devoid of any significant decorations.
To make the hallways more attractive and inviting, I asked our school principal if I could paint some murals on the walls. At first he seemed reluctant, but after I showed him some examples of such murals, he agreed to let me paint them on the walls.
It was obvious to me that it was exciting for the students who helped paint the murals especially when some of them came to school on weekends to work on the murals. We received lots of compliments from the administration and other staff members for our efforts, and we were particularly pleased with local newspaper and television coverage of our completed murals.
With our math murals, we were able to showcase some of the activities that we do in our classes and get students involved in creating the murals. Furthermore, I have heard many interesting student discussions about the different murals as I walked through the hallways over the years since they were completed.
Lastly, these murals are representative of what other schools might create to involve students and teachers in displaying the diversity of topics offered in their schools.