The Experience Workshop MathArt Movement: Experience-centered Education of Mathematics through Arts, Sciences, and Playful Activities

Kristóf Fenyvesi
Proceedings of Bridges 2012: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2012)
Pages 239–246 Regular papers


The Experience Workshop Math-Art Movement, a movement advocating experience-centered mathematics education, was established in Hungary in 2008. Almost one hundred scholars, artists, engineers, architects, teachers, craftsmen and toymakers that participate in this movement, developed various forms of interactive and play-oriented combinations of mathematics and arts. By researching the connections between scientific and artistic education, the Experience Workshop Math-Art Movement's members are contributing to the dissemination of new educational approaches. The Experience Workshop Math-Art Movement organizes math-art festivals, art and science workshops, interactive math-art exhibitions, and conferences. It also contributes to the development of new school curricula. Nearly ten thousand students and several hundred teachers and parents have attended the events organized by the movement since its inception. The movement's publications are becoming popular among a growing circle of experts within the Hungarian art and science education community. This article introduces The Experience Workshop Math-Art Movement's main educational activities, including the launching of math-art festivals across Hungary, and the opening of the Ars GEometrica Art — Science — Education Gallery in the Eszterházy Károly College in Eger city. This gallery functions as an experimental venue for the development of new approaches in Hungarian mathematics teacher education.