Introduction to

MathArt Connections


The Teacher

Welcome to MathArt Connections! My name is Mrs. Sanders, and I am creator and teacher for this new and exciting class. I have taught high school mathematics for 37 years in Hawaii, and am the author of 3 books about mathematics.


In these web pages, you will be introduced to many connections between mathematics and art. It is unfortunate that math and art are usually taught as two separate subjects, when they are so strongly interrelated. I hope that the what you learn in these web pages will help you to see not only the connections between Math and Art, but other connections with all of your school studies.

You may read and study the MathArt Connections web pages that follow this page, as well as other fascinating pages on the internet. You will find interesting information about mathematics, and ways in which the Mathematics you are studying relates to many aspects of Art, Architecture and Design.

If you choose to, you will find interesting projects to work on. You can create drawings and designs that combine mathematical concepts with design and artwork. The graphics on the MathArt web pages are examples of the kinds of projects you might want to try, and you will find examples of mathematical artwork throughout the web pages that you will be reading. You can create your own mathematical art work using two different methods: 1) with pencils, compass, ruler and pens 2) using The Geometer's Skectchpad.


Skills You Will Need

You will need certain skills to complete the MathArt projects. These skills involve constructing mathematical "pictures" or, as they are called in the art and design professions, "graphics". The graphics projects you will create in this class will not be freehand sketches or drawings, they will be precise mathematical designs, such as the ones that you see at the top and bottom of these MathArt Connections web pages.

There are two methods of constructing these mathematical and geometric graphics. One method is with paper, pens,pencils, rulers and a compass. The other method is using computer software called The Geometer's Sketchpad.

In this section of the web pages, you will learn how to do both of these methods. In the rest of these pages, the two methods will be referred to as "paper and pencil" or "Sketchpad".

Paper and Pencil Constructions

You will need to have the following materials: some good pencils with erasers, some colored pens or colored pencils (in at least a dozen colors; preferably many more than that) a ruler, and a compass. The compass is a small hand tool that has a sharp point at one side, and a pencil held in place at the other side; you can draw circles (and portions of circles, called "arcs" in mathematics). You can find all of these tools at any art or school supply store. You will see a picture of one brand of compass below:


Go to Chapter 1: Geometric Shapes