Put on Your Math Goggles! Seeing Math in a Warhol

Second graders at All Saints’ Episcopal School recently donned their math goggles and engaged in a mathematics activity using the visual arts as a lens.

Students learned about the Pop artist, Andy Warhol, famous for his silk-screened art containing iconic images. Students viewed several pieces of his arrayed artwork, naming the array size (2X5, 3X3, etc.). Next, students drew their own icon and created a colorful Warhol-inspired masterpiece.

With their math goggles on, students calculated the total number of images in their art, giving them practice with the array model of multiplication. The students also identified which arrays visually represented square numbers.

The second grade teachers then transformed a school hallway into a mathematical art gallery, showcasing their students’ math-terpieces.

Does your school do something similar?

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