Put on Your Math Goggles! Seeing Patterns in a Romero Britto

Third graders at All Saints’ Episcopal School recently donned their “math goggles” and engaged in an exploration of pattern using the visual arts as a lens.

Students learned about the present-day, internationally renowned Brazilian pop artist, Romero Britto, who uses vibrant colors and bold patterns as a visual language of his hope, happiness, and optimistic faith in the world.

Students viewed and discussed the beautiful colored patterns in Britto’s “Heart Kids” and then used this piece of art as a springboard to creating and exploring patterns and combinations.

Using markers and crayons, students drew and colored six patterns in each of their three hearts, creating a total of 18 combinations of patterns.

Third grade teachers then transformed a school hallway into an art gallery, showcasing their students’ mathematical masterpieces.

Put on your “math goggles” and see math in art!

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