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Learning Maths Outside the Classroom - Maths, Art & Magic - Using Mathematics to Create Art

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Created on 29 April 2008 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 18 July 2011 by ncetm_administrator

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Maths, Art & Magic - Using Mathematics to Create Art


1. Introduction

This project shows the strong link between art and maths, based on the work of Quay (a learning resource based at the Baltic Centre) and Baltic itself. Whether or not you have access to this gallery, the project contains many useful links and ideas for similar work for your school. 

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2. What is Baltic?

Housed in a landmark industrial building on the south bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead, BALTIC is the biggest gallery of its kind in the world – presenting a dynamic, diverse and international programme of contemporary visual art. BALTIC offers a range of flexible contemporary art resources as an introduction to BALTIC and the Exhibitions Programme. These resources are free to educational groups and can be used in the centre as well as within schools, colleges and universities for work following on from a visit. They offer regular professional development opportunities for teachers to introduce new practical skills, and ways of using contemporary art to inform the National Curriculum.

 Click here [Microsoft Word file] for an example of the type of material that is available on the Baltic Site. 

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3. What is Quay?

Quay is to be found on level 2 at the Baltic Centre and is a starting point for all sorts of information and experiences. Here you can take a minute (or lots of minutes) to pause, relax, create, debate and find out more about the exhibitions. 

 Click here [Microsoft Word file] for a Maths Art Trail around Baltic.

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4. Creating Art with Functions

 Click here [Microsoft Word file] to find challenges to create Function Art, Maze Art and Random Art.


 Click here [Microsoft Word file] for a template that guides through the preparation of similar challenges for pupils.

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5. Art, by Tessellating Incongruent Polygons

 Click here for the photographic record.

 Click here [Adobe Acrobat PDF file] to take a trail around the Quayside.

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6. Relevant Websites



Library and Archive

‘In my opinion’ toolkit to help pupils approach artwork,
formulate questions and contribute opinions

Blank presentation template: pupils can use this to
present their own research and ideas

Baltic Secondary Resources Bank: pupils can use this to
search for and download images and other information

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