Maths in Art
This resource from Cre8ate maths investigates the maths found in work by two artists. Both activities have an accessible starting point and both can be extended to provide a real challenge.
An artistic puzzle uses a sculpture by Sol LeWitt entitled ‘123454321’ which is in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and challenges students to calculate the number of blocks in different aspects of the sculpture.
Peter Lowe’s work forms the basis for Squares and rectangles. Statements from the author set out the puzzle which is based on the triangle numbers. There is a helpsheet which gives a visual image of the formula for the triangle numbers and a spreadsheet, which is designed to be used in a whole class discussion, provides a template for generating square and triangle numbers for students to compare.
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