This summer we are hosting a small “Math Art” class for a few of our friends. Each week we will create a math-themed art project (or an art-themed math project!).
For Week 1 we created a mixed media board that illustrated a Number Bond. Each student picked a Number, then cut numbers out of newspaper and magazines to show at least 4 “ways to make” their chosen Number. The ages of these kids were from 7 to 11 years old.
- various paintbrushes
- Mod Podge
- papers to create a background (scrapbook paper, newspaper, old worksheets)
- acrylic paint
- small container to mix paint with water
- wax paper
- old magazines and newspapers
- Cut pieces of cardboard from old boxes.
- Use a paintbrush & Mod Podge to paste on a background. We used old math worksheets & tests. Tear paper to fit. (If you haven’t used Mod Podge before, just paint the cardboard with a thin coat, place your piece of decorative paper, then paint another thin coat on top. Continue layering.)
- Let dry, about 15 minutes if the Mod Podge is a thin coat. Trim edges.
- Paint the background with watered down acrylic paint. If the paint is too thick to see the background, wipe some off with a towel.
- Let dry.
- Have each student choose a Number. On a piece of paper, have them list at least 4 “ways to make” that Number. Provide magazines, newspapers, and scissors to hunt for numbers. (The weekly ads are a great source!) They can keep track of the numbers they have found by laying them on the paper where they wrote their answers.
- When the background paint is dry, use a pencil to sketch the body of a dragonfly.
- Paint the dragonfly body with acrylic paint (NOT watered down!). I place a dab of red, yellow, blue, and white paint on a piece of wax paper for each child, and let them mix colors as they wish.
- Let dry.
- Have each student look through magazines to find a pretty pattern for wings. Cut wings and set aside.
- Once the paint is mostly dry, use Mod Podge to attach the numbers and wings.
- After all paint is completely dry, you can Mod Podge over the entire piece as a finish coat.