Geometry Through Art
What Children Can Learn about Art and Geometry
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The Forum and Norman Shapiro
Norman Shapiro wrote to the geometry newsgroups one day offering to share
materials from his Geometry Through Art workshops. We immediately
expressed an interest, ever ready to seize an opportunity to bring
more teaching materials to the Forum and to build our site with
contributions direct from the classroom. As we looked over his handouts
and the artwork they can generate, we realized this would be a good
moment to experiment with taking someone's lessons and turning them into
Web pages that would be useful to others.
You will find here a wonderful assortment of lesson ideas, facilitation
suggestions, lists of materials needed, and handouts for you to
photocopy. Mr. Shapiro focuses on the student as investigator, learning
through doing, and using perception to stimulate the motivation for more
developed concepts and language. Art is one of the intrinsically
interesting applications of geometry and these pages point to a wonderful
way in to this topic for children and adults alike.
As the Math Forum we count on bringing out of hiding many more of these treasures tucked away in math classrooms around the country. We hope
that what you see here will be useful; even more, we hope that you'll consider following in Norman Shapiro's footsteps and will work with the Forum to put your own materials on the Web.
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15 November 1995