From Artist Educator Daniel Wallis
- Folding to find shapes
- Fold a piece of paper as many times as you can
- Unfold it and look for shapes (or images)
- Use a ruler to draw multiple lines across a page.
- Use colour to fill the shapes.
- Cut out shapes and rearrange to make an image.
- Measure length of sides.
- Measure angles.
2. Looking at the work of Matisse - Transformation: Reflection, Rotation and Transition
- Look at the paper cut out artwork of Matisse as a starting point
- Take an A5 sheet of colour paper, cut a shape out of it
- Transform it using rotation, transition or reflection (or even multiple transformations)
Combine your A4 transformation shapes into one large artwork by bringing the work of everyone at a table or on the floor together. Make a grid. Overlap.
3. Symmetry: Exploded squares
- Fold a coloured square along a line of symmetry
- Cut it into sections, unfold and reassemble on a larger coloured sheet
- Use other shapes and find their lines of symmetry.
- Fold the shape along a line which isn’t the line of symmetry and cut shapes.
4. Buildings and Cities by Area
- Draw buildings on squared paper- each to have the same area. In groups students could make multiple buildings of the same are. Then combine (using multiplication to calculate the total area).
- Set a task of designing a city with a set total area.
- These buildings/cities could either be coloured in to look like real buildings, or cut out as silhouettes. Link to other topics such as great fire of London?
- For advanced students work in volume and make 3D buildings.
5. Looking at the work of Escher - Tessellation
- Take a square of colour paper and cut it in half horizontally.
- Move the top half to the bottom and rejoin (use tape on the back)
- You now have a shape that will tessellate
Now make a cut vertically, move the left side to the right and reattach:
You can use these shapes as templates to draw around (use thicker paper/card) to create tessellating patterns, or photocopy or trace the shape to repeat it multiple times and create a tessellating shape.
6. Number Tables
For number tables you can create TABLE PATTERNS
- The three below are for the 3 times table
- Draw a table of x columns by y rows
- Number each square consecutively
- Colour in the 3 times table
Repeat for any multiplication table, or put more than one in one Table Pattern.
What happens when two cross? i.e. if you do both the 2 times table in yellow and the 3 times table in blue, do the common numbers (i.e. 6, 12, 18…) appear in green?