Cubism in Math

Mrs. Fenster's most recent 6th grade math design challenge integrated the arts. Students learned about Cubism (the geometrical depiction of natural forms) made famous by Pablo Picasso. They also learned about attributes and measurements of 2-dimensional shapes. Finally, the 6th graders were challenged to design a piece of art in the style of Cubism. The contraints were that they had to use a certain number of each of the shapes on a list and the shapes had to meet certain criteria in their dimensions or areas. Students were only given two class periods to draw, cut, and color the shapes and create their final piece of art. Armed with rulers, graph paper, scissors, crayons, and their math skills, the 6th graders produced works of art that would make Picasso proud.