Creating Art and Exploring Mathematics

We have been exploring angles with Mrs S. Late last term we worked on calculating the measurement of angles that were created when we added crossed lines to a page. We ruled some lines on a piece of a paper. There were three lines going across the paper and four lines going down.

Angles On Page

We now had lots of angles on our page. We were asked to choose five of these to mark and measure using a protractor.

Angles On Page 1

We then used this measurement to work out the supplementary angle for each of these. We were able to use our knowledge of straight angles to help us. A straight angle is 180 degrees.

After all this hard work – measuring and calculating – we then used our page to create some art. We looked at the work of an artist called Piet Mondrian. In particular we looked at his later abstract works. These had a limited colour palette and used black straight lines that divided the canvas into bold shapes. We used these ideas to finish off our Angles Art. Each of us chose a colour palette that could only contain 3 colours and then we planned which of our spaces would stay white. We made sure that our lines were bold and black. Take a look at the end results.

Which colour palette would you choose if you were limited to three colours? Please leave a comment to share your ideas.

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  1. I love the way you have combined art with maths. I had heard that musicians are often very good mathematicians, and now I see you are mathematicians who are good at art.

    I would find it very hard to decide which three colours to use. It might depend on how I was feeling that day.

    If I was feeling happy I might go for sunny colours: yellow, red and orange.
    If I was feeling down I might prefer dark blue (navy) pale blue and mauve (pale purple).
    If I was feeling patriotic I would use the colours of the Irish flag: green, white and orange.

    Keep up the good and interesting work 🙂

    • Thank you for leaving a great comment on our class blog.

      It is interesting to read the different colour choices that you would make depending on how you felt.

      We all tried out several colour palettes before settling on our final choices. Some of us used monochromatic colours while others used only the primary colours. Others just tried out lots of random colour combinations on scrap paper before choosing their final three colours. Nobody thought of using the colours of a flag.

      regards 5/6 CS

  2. Wow! What an awesome video and art pieces!
    I guess if I were to choose three colors, I’d go for a palette made up of different shades of blue, from deep royal blue, and then by adding small fractions of white paint, I’d move on to turquoise and then pale blue.
    Your Animoto is really cool (and the music, too!)

    Keep up the great Math & Art blogging!

    • Thanks for your comment, Clarissa,

      I think the colours you would use on your palette would look really good.
      Someone in our class did a similar thing. She used 3 different types of blue.

      I think our artwork turned out really well.

      Do you think it would look good to to make one with more than 3 colours?

      Do you think it would look good to join a few together to make one big one?

      You said that you liked the music. I liked it too.
      Mrs S made the Animoto.


  3. The artwork looks great, would make a lovely canvas. It is a simple design that looks very effective. The colors I would use would be yellow blue and red. With the black lines it would make the colors really stand out. I chose these colors because they are bright and can make a bad day good.

    • Thanks so much Max’s Mum for visiting and commenting on our blog.

      Yeah, I agree. The art would make a great canvas. In fact, I think that someone mentioned putting it altogether and selling it in the class art auction at the end of the year! Even if we didn’t do that, I think if we just put them all on a canvas and put it up on the wall, it would make a great addition to the classroom.

      Your very right, the simplicity is extremely effective. The black lines really bring out the colours. Well, I guess they do say “less is more”. We were inspired by Piet Mondrian, and if you look at his art it is very simple.

      Great colours! I think a lot of people chose those colours. Did you notice they are all primary colours? My colours were dark green, dark blue and aqua. Not as bright as your colours but still very nice.

      If you made art would you choose to use this style or another?

      From Emily

      • Hi Emily, thanks for your reply.

        The artwork on canvas would be a good selling item for the school fair. I am not very good at art but I could give that a go. It looks good but not too detailed for a beginner artist. Do you enjoy doing art at school and would you like to do art at high school?

  4. Hi Grade 5-6 CS,

    We just watched your video and were amazed by your creations! We thought that your work was creative.

    Some of our colour combinations that we would use on a pallette are:

    light green-dark green-electric blue

    Maybe we will create our own Angle Art and send you some photos!


    Mr Kuran and 3D

    • To Mr Kuran and 3D,

      Thankyou for commenting on our blog and watching our video.

      For the art we used Sharpies and tried to use bright colours.

      The colour combinations that you have suggested sound great and would work really well together.

      Another colour combination that you could try is: Royal blue, light purple and yellow.
      I recommend you to try this art because it is heaps of fun and they look great when they are done.

      I can’t wait to see your photos and hopefully you will enjoy the art as we did too.

      Kind regards,
      Lilly D

  5. Grade 5/6 how amazing your work looks! I love the fact that art and maths can work so well together. I get the feeling you really enjoyed this task. If I were to choose a colour palette I would go for green shades (I’m having a green phase) and include shades like turquoise and emerald green – lush!
    Keep up the great standard 5/6s!

  6. What great artwork! And very interesting to combine maths and art in this way. It reminds me of the beautiful stained glass windows in the cathedrals of Europe and England.
    My choice of colours would be gold, coral and green or a rich blue, pink and emerald.

  7. Very striking! I wonder if the impact is lessened when you introduce more colours? What is it about choosing just three colours that works so well? If I had to choose just three colours (and not experiment with more) I would use the secondary colours.

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