Whether you are exploring symmetry, parabolic curves, tessellations, or Fibonacci number sequences, using art as the vehicle is a great idea. The What We Do All Day blog has some great resources for creating beautiful art projects that incorporate STEM principles.
Math Art Projects
Tessellations. We’ve done this several times, and somehow it never gets boring.
- See our how to make tessellations post.
- Check out this fish tessellation idea at Art Projects for Kids.
- This is great for younger kids. You’re probably familiar with the ol’ fold the paper in half and smoosh trick. You can make symmetry art free style, like we did.
- Create gorgeous math art with parabolic curves. My son designed his own eyeball!!
- Create gorgeous objects like these butterflies from Buggy and Buddy.
- These symmetry art aliens make me smile.
Turn number sequences into art.
- We did this when we turned pi into a cityscape
- Create Fibonacci art with circles.
- This Fibonacci valentine from Math Four could be adapted for any time of the year.
Use math tools to create art. This is one of my favorite ideas!
- It can be really simple, like simply giving your kids a ruler, compass and protractor and see what they come up with. If using a compass is tricky, see my tip for drawing with a compass.
- I love this protractor art project that evokes Frank Stella’s artwork.
- Use a ruler to create sunburst paintings, like these at Art Bar.
Explore math art with shapes.
- The boys love to play around with our homemade Montessori triangles. They don’t even think about the fact that they are creating artistic designs!
- Explore Möbius strips.
- Paint a Mondrian window.
- We also had a great time with these Hexi cards to print out from Picklebums.
- E is for Explore has a few ways kids can use Kandinsky inspired art to think about about circles and relative size.
- Make mandalas. like this idea at NurtureStore. I’ve always wanted to do this.
- Use a geoboard. We were gifted a cheesy plastic geoboard, but Crayon Box Chronicles has instructions so you can make your own.