Mathematics and Art - June 2010, Stage 1&2

This month we are looking at connections between aspects of Mathematics and aspects of Art. The starting point may be in either subject area and looks at links that may be found to the other area of study.

Problems

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Shapely Lines

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

This challenge invites you to create your own picture using just straight lines. Can you identify shapes with the same number of sides and decorate them in the same way?

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Exploded Squares

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

This practical activity challenges you to create symmetrical designs by cutting a square into strips.

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Straight to Curves

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

How can you make a curve from straight strips of paper?

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Paper Curves

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

This is a simple paper-folding activity that gives an intriguing result which you can then investigate further.

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The Numbers Give the Design

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Make new patterns from simple turning instructions. You can have a go using pencil and paper or with a floor robot.

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Table Patterns Go Wild!

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Nearly all of us have made table patterns on hundred squares, that is 10 by 10 grids. This problem looks at the patterns on differently sized square grids.

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Celtic Knot

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Building up a simple Celtic knot. Try the interactivity or download the cards or have a go on squared paper.