Cool Project: Math and Art!

So for my next post I really wanted to share something I created.  When I was in high school the only art project I ever did that made me feel like I could draw was a Similar Figures project.  We had to find a picture (I choose something from the funny papers) and make a grid on it.  Then you had to choose a scale factor that would work for the size paper the art teacher gave us.

For my students (7th and 8th graders) I have done this project a few times.  Most recently I did it with the Flinstones! 🙂  Many had not seen an episode, which prompted me to buy the Jetsons meet the Flinstones movie and show it to them while they worked on this project.  They had many class days to do it and many turned out amazing!  I am always so impressed with what they come out with!  We usually do this right after ISAT’s (Illinois State Testing) as a relaxing way to do math OR at the end of the year when they are done and you are done! 😉  The first document is the directions and rubric.  The second it the pictures.  You will notice the background of the pictures are white (so the students can have some free will with it) and there is a picture border (so the grid can be made).

I have done this with other pictures (Nemo, Monsters, etc…). For an advanced group the backgrounds can be more complex and interesting, but this was a great intro into Similar Figures in geometry.  For many this is a great correlation to the real world and architecture as well as model…anything!  Enjoy!

If you can see it correctly please let me know and I will try to redo the embedding process…(remember this is only my second post…eeek!)

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. samjshah
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 09:50:13

    Hihi! Your embedding looks great! (You said in your submission that you wondered if you had done it right.) The first one has things that look a little out of place from what the original might have looked like. When you make fancy documents in Word with more than simple text, sometimes Scribd messes up converting it. One thing I’ve found that works (that I should have mentioned in the email) is that converting the document to a PDF first, and then uploading that PDF, fixes that, so the document looks like it should

    Thanks for posting!



  2. sjbutler7of8
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 21:31:50

    Love it!



  3. lmhenry9
    Sep 01, 2012 @ 06:06:29

    This looks like a great tie in to similar figures. How long did you give your students to complete this in class?



    • mbubulka
      Sep 04, 2012 @ 23:55:32

      I think we took a day to explain, show examples, and pass out pictures. We also created the grid on the picture together. Day 2 was grid on big paper and then figuring out if their sheet had extra grid squares – we also showed them how to go square by square and make it proportional to the picture. Day 3 and 4 draw and Day 5 color. You can give more time in class to color if you don’t want big pieces of paper to go home and get ruined. Hope that helps!



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