Using Artwork to Explore Proportional Reasoning

  • Using Artwork to Explore Proportional Reasoning

    Sarah B. Bush, Karen S. Karp, Jennifer Nadler, and Katie Gibbons
    By examining ratios in paintings and using a free educational app, students can size up artists’ use of proportional reasoning in their creations.
    Having an answer to “When are we ever going to use this in real life?” is important to middle school mathematics teachers. The activity we describe awakened sixth graders’ understanding of how artists use mathematics. By exploring ratio and proportionality in different paintings, students realized the use of proportional reasoning in artistic compositions.