Looking At Math: Using Art to Teach Mathematics

Pau Atela
Renaissance Banff: Mathematics, Music, Art, Culture (2005)
Pages 231–236


Many works of art can be seen from a mathematical viewpoint, and they can be useful in illustrating mathematical concepts and sparking interest in students. A prominent example of this is the discovery of perspective by the Renaissance painters. One can use art occasionally as a pedagogical tool to introduce mathematical concepts. The process unfolds somewhat as follows: the art works inspire and heighten a student’s interest immediately; the teacher uses the art to help the student draw out her/his own range of questions; and then, the teaching of mathematics begins.