Creating Art as a Catalyst for Making Meaningful, Personal Connections to Mathematics

J. Brooke Ernest and Ricardo Nemirovsky
Proceedings of Bridges 2013: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2013)
Pages 519–522 Short Papers


Engaging in mathematically-inspired art projects in the mathematics classroom can encourage students to make meaningful connections between mathematics and their personal lives — connections which are unlikely to occur in a traditional mathematics classroom. Our view is that making these meaningful, personal connections plays a role in making more memorable aspects of the processes of mathematics learning. This report explores connections undergraduate students found between mathematics and their own lives, as realized through mathematically inspired art projects.