What Do you See?

Nathaniel A. Friedman
Bridges: Mathematical Connections in Art, Music, and Science (2000)
Pages 315–322


In this paper I first describe a kindergarten workshop experience which opened my eyes to the fact that children in kindergarten already possess a certain visual literacy. The giant error in education is that explicitly developing this visual literacy is not considered, except in art courses. An example in the form of a checkerboard is then discussed as a source of developing children's visual literacy in mathematics with applications to the arts. Thus one can teach children to see both as a mathematician and as an artist.