Portrait Happy Girl Resolving Complex Math Problem On Blackboard

Art & Math go hand and hand better than many first think…

Art can be thought about in a mathematical way. In early years children work with simple collage materials and beads which can teach them numbers, positive and negative space, classification, and sequencing and pattern recognition. Tangrams can be introduced, and art journals can become creative number or shape books. Older children create drawings, paintings and 3-D models of more complex geometry forms as well as tesselations, fractals and Fibonacci numbers. “Math is not just about numbers, formulas, and logic, math is also about structure, symmetry, shape, and beauty,” says University of Colorado math professor Carla Farsi. “Conversely, art is not only about emotion, color, and aesthetics, but also about rhythm, patterns, and problem-solving.”

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Art engages children’s senses in open-ended CreativePlay and develops Cognitive, Social, Emotional and Sensori-Motor skills. Art is a cooperative learning experience that provides pleasure, challenge, and mastery. Through art, children learn complex thinking skills and master many developmental tasks.

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