Math vocabulary in art is the focus of this art observation activity that integrates Art with Language Arts and Math. Students observe ‘with a math eye’ to identify the use of mathematical elements in well-known art work.
Art and math are naturally integrated in many ways. Many artists throughout history used proportional precision in realistic works. Other artists have used math elements in abstract compositions. Observing art ‘with a math eye’ gives context to basic and more complex math terms.
This lesson supports the National Core Visual Arts Standards and is bundled with similar lessons in Learn Language Arts Strategies With Art - BUNDLE
This lesson includes
- suggested art works with images especially suited to addressing math vocabulary
- summary of the general procedure
- list of materials needed and preparation required
- step-by-step directions for looking at art
- suggested questions for art observation
- suggestions for extending the lesson with art and reading
- list of related resources to enhance the lesson
- a student response worksheet that can be used for various art comparisons
This comprehensive lesson is designed to address language arts skills along with art appreciation and art analysis. Extensions can expand the lesson into art technique and art history.
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This lesson is one in a series
in which students are engaged in art observation activities that focus on specific skills including compare and contrast, fact and opinion, main idea and details, making generalizations, making inferences, vocabulary learning strategies, and more.
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Related resources to use with this activity:
Artist Biographies Volume One
and Artist Biographies Volume Two
are selections of one-page artist biographies with accompanying ‘draw and write’ student response worksheets.
Looking at Art with Kids
a free resource with additional ideas and suggestions for using art observations across the curriculum.
Related art lessons to use for extending this lesson:
Kandinsky-Inspired Abstract Drawing
Geometric Abstract Face Collage
Matisse-Inspired Geometric/Organic Collage
Mondrian-Inspired Line Design
For more art-integration ideas and suggestions, download my free resource:
Making Time For Art
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