This week in Math Art we created an art panel to illustrate a multiplication fact. Our plants had leaves broken into 2 sections; each section was doodled differently. The students multiplied the 2 sections by the number of leaves they created to figure out their math fact.
- cardboard pieces from boxes
- various paintbrushes
- acrylic paint
- plain colored paper for leaves and stem
- decorative paper
- mod podge
- fine tip permanent ink art marker, such as a Sharpie Fine Point Pen*
*It is important to use a permanent ink pen, or the doodles will smear when mod podge is applied.
- Paint cardboard with gesso to prime it. Let dry. (Use hairdryer to speed up drying time).
- Paint a background color on cardboard with acrylic paint. Let dry.
- On colored paper, draw leaf shapes.
- Divide each leaf shape into sections. You may choose 2, 3, 4 or more sections. Each section will be doodled differently.
- If you are working on a specific math fact, instruct the students to divide their leaves into that number of sections. For example, if you are creating, 6×4, you may have 6 leaves each with 4 sections, or 4 leaves each with 6 sections.
- Decorate the leaves by doodling each section with zentangles.
- Previous blog entries on zentangles include Purposeful Doodling, Today’s Doodles, and Doodle Animals.
- We like the “Zentangle Basics” workbook series for doodle ideas.
- You can find many zentangle patterns for free on the internet as well.
- Cut out a slightly larger leaf from the decorative paper to mount under the doodled leaf.
- Cut out a stem shape.
- Use mod podge to apply all shapes to the dried cardboard.
- Write out the math fact and mod podge it on the cardboard.