Charles Demuth Math/Art Mashup

3rd grade is learning about Charles Demuth and specifically his painting The Figure 5 In Gold.

After looking at several of Demuth’s paintings and discussing how he used diagonal lines to break up his picture plane, they were told to think of a number between 2-9. Then they were given a sheet of 12 x 12 paper to divide from the center into acute angles “a cute baby angle because it’s less then 90 degrees” (getting them ready for 4th grade geometry) *high fives self*

On a separate piece of paper they had to come up with math facts that would get them to their chosen number, inclusive of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

Math/Art Mashup

3rd Charles Demuth

3rd Charles Demuth 3rd Charles Demuth
This project also inspired me to form a art/math group for my more visual students who struggle with math.  Stay tuned for that!

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About Ms. Luna

Here we go! Year number four! Teaching artist at Mark Twain Elementary! I started my career in 2002, in the New York City Schools as a Special Education Middle School teacher. Moving back to my hometown of Columbus, Ohio, I continued teaching Special Education and also began teaching after school and summer art programs. Moving again to Houston, Texas. I have taught all levels and abilities from kindergarten to college and am very excited to be teaching here at Mark Twain! I am also a professional artist and designer that shows work worldwide. I have been featured in the Houston Chronicle, Austin Fashion Week, Houston Press, and at the Grassi Museum of the Applied Arts in Germany. I hold a Masters of Science in Special Education from Manhattan College and a Masters of Fine Arts from the Academy of Art University. I currently am teaching grades kindergarten through fifth and am an adjuct art professor at Alvin Community College.

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