CREATIVE PARTNERSHIPS

MANHOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE, SELSEY

 

OVERVIEW OF THE PROJECT

The aim of the project is to inspire creativitiy in young and talented mathematicians. Claire Harrison ( Creative Partner) is collaborating with Teresa Butcher (Head of Maths) and Kiera Bruce (Art) at Manhood Community College to show the artistic side of mathematics by exploring the patterns and symmetry within nature. Each week a different aspect of mathematics in nature is being explored from the spirals of a snail shell and symmetry of a flower to the tesselations of a honeycomb. This project is covering both curricular and extra curricular subjects allowing students to understand the fundamental principles behind fractal geometry. Shown below are examples of the art-maths works the students have created in response to specific mathematic/artistic/scientific themes. After the initial research weeks the students will be developing the ideas that they have learnt into a large pieces of work to be displayed around the school.

 

 

RESEARCH - SPIRALS

This was the first research workshop looking at the idea that maths, art, science are not separate subjects but entwined into the world around us. The students drew living snails and captured the shell designs as the snail wandered across their desks. We then studied the mathematical way to draw different types of logorithmic spirals.

 
 
orchid pentagons oil painting

RESEARCH - FLORAL SYMMETRY

The students all had flowers on their desks and looked at the symmetry and spirals in flowers, including the centre of a sunflower. This led to each student splitting circles to create six and eight petalled flowers taking inspiration from early christian and islamic art.

 
 

RESEARCH - INFINITY

This body of research looked at the Seirpinski Gasket and each student drew and split an equilateral triangle. This reflects the idea of infinity because the equilateral triangle could continue to split into smaller equilateral triangles. Each students individual equilateral triangle had 50cm edges, and these were tesselated together in groups. Therefore the triangle was shown to infinitely grow by tesselating a larger image and because each individual triangle was split into smaller triangles. The images below show the different tesselations created in the two teams.

 
 

RESEARCH - HEXAGON TESSELATIONS

Looking at Escher, the students created a design to fit into a hexagon that could then be duplicated and tesselated. After creating their template on card the students cut these out so they could be duplicated exactly and tesselated across a piece of paper. Many students looked at the intricate branch structures of snowflakes that are naturally based upon the hexagonal design.

 

DESIGNING THE FINAL PIECE

After several weeks of research the students were asked to take these ideas and create their own artwork celebrating and showing the maths learnt. This has created impressive works and ideas which are shown below and focussing on a few ideas in detail.

 

DESIGN IDEAS IN DETAIL - CELLS

The students were given the opportunity to look at natural objects through a microscope. This included the skin cells on their hands, looking at the tesselating polygons. One group have decided to develop this idea into their final pieces.

 

GOING BEYOND THE PROJECT...

Teresa and Claire have been pleased how this has inspired the students to include maths that they have been taught before the project and this project has given them the opportuntiy to view the maths that they learn in a different and creative light. This is promoting the idea that life is cross curricular maths, science, art are all interlinked as are other curriculum disciplines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINAL PIECES...

The students have worked incredibly hard creating final hexagons that are decorated with mathematical art that depicts what they have learnt over the course of the project.. The work the students have created has been put into a calendar which is available from Manhood Community College.

 

 

 

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