Fractions in Art and Mathematics

Jane K. Bates
Bridges: Mathematical Connections in Art, Music, and Science (2002)
Pages 181–188


Art and mathematics are two subjects in the K-12 curriculum that can be readily linked in a synergistic way: Art deals with composition -visual relationships of the parts to the whole; mathematics deals with numeric and geometric relationships. This paper presents a unit of study on the 6th - 7th grade level, which could be taught in either a mathematics or an art course, focusing on fractions as explored through visual design. It integrates understanding of fractions, skills in measuring, and creating an artwork incorporating fractions of geometric shapes and designs of numbers achieved through a stenciling process.