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Math in Art

–By Mr. Craig Molla–

There is much math involved in creating beautiful art: symmetry, geometry, and measurements to name a few. But mathematics is not always visible in art—unless you are looking for it. Many artists intentionally take advantage of mathematical findings, such as the golden ratio, to make their artwork realistic and beautiful. Angles and perspective can also be described using math. 

The students of Math 12 investigated different topics, including geometry and architecture, as well as researched famous mathematicians like M.C. Escher, Sol LeWitt, Jacobus “Koos” Verhoeff, and Brent Collins. They were looking at how math is used in these areas and specifically what they found to be beautiful, interesting, or challenging. Then the students created presentations to display what they had discovered. It would seem that math and art are intricately linked.