Drawing and Measuring Triangles Math Art

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If you read at all about education, then you know how important art is to the other basic educational subjects.   It is a fine thing to make time for art in your children's educational curriculum, but I would go even further and say it is a finer thing to merge art into your other subjects.  Instead of making art separate from education, make it a part of education.  This is a fun project to do in your math class.  Instead of a boring worksheet to introduce this skill, show kids how to draw and measure triangles, using this fun art project.  Make math a memorable, creative subject they will be excited about.  

Drawing and Measuring Triangles Metallic Math Art Project

Supplies needed: 

  1. good quality painting paper
  2. pencil
  3. ruler
  4. protractor
  5. 8-12 sided dice
  6. thin paintbrushes
  7. permanent markers
  8. metallic acrylic paint

First of all, the video below will provide the knowledge you need to successfully draw and measure your triangle.  View it prior to this lesson so that you are familiar with the process, and also show to your class before the assignment.  It will not only teach your students how to construct and measure triangles, but it will also provide a bit of history, and vocabulary terms such as parallel, converge, and horizontal. 

When the video is finished, give each student a piece of good quality painting paper.  Each student is then instructed to create three triangles of any size and shape.  The triangles can overlap each other.  When finished, students use a protractor to measure all three angles in each triangle.  

Then, with an 8-12 sided dice, roll two numbers together, and multiply them together to get a product.  This number will be the degree of one of the angles in the triangle.  Students will show how to draw a triangle with that degree. They will repeat this process as many times as they like, rolling dice, multiplying, and then creating a triangle with that angle.  Students continue overlapping triangles as many times as they like, until they have achieved a design they like.  

When finished, students use a ruler and permanent marker to outline each triangle.  Then using metallic, acrylic paints, students fill in each triangle with color, alternating colors to achieve the look they want.  

When finished, students can proudly display on a classroom bulletin board.  This is a fun activity which involves multiplication, converging lines, constructing triangles, and measuring triangles.  

For another artistic math lesson, try this Watercolor Circle Diagram!