7th Grade, steAm, Ms. Slom

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Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159.

Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. As an irrational and transcendental number, it will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern. While only a handful of digits are needed for typical calculations, Pi’s infinite nature makes it a fun challenge to memorize, and to computationally calculate more and more digits.

Each student created each building represents a number in pi. Students colored in bold black sharpie the number of squares on the graph paper that correspond to each digit of pi. Once completed the students used liquid watercolors to create a night sky. Students enjoyed the process of combining both Math concepts and Art.

 

Our students current art project is a focus on Drawing as a creative means of expression while looking at Leonardo De Vinci’s drawings and sketches for inspiration. Drawing is one of the major forms of expression within the visual arts. It is generally concerned with the marking of lines and areas of tone onto paper, where the accurate representation of the visual world is expressed upon a plane surface. Traditional drawings were monochrome. Drawing is often exploratory, with considerable emphasis on observation, problem-solving and composition. There are also many drawing methods, such as line drawing, stippling and shading. A quick, unrefined drawing may be called a sketch.

7 th grade students chose one of Leonardo De Vinci’s drawings of the human body and reproduced it while learning about light and shade, depth, stippling and the  crosshatching technique’s. Once completing the drawings in soft pencil, graphite, eraser and charcoal, the student chose a background that would complete the chosen body part. These were very interesting drawings and the students enjoyed the use of the monochromatic materials.