Math and Art

Intersecting Lines: Math & Art (middle/high school)

Math is all around us. Explore the mathematical concepts of reflection/symmetry, proportion, perspective, golden rectangle, and parabola. Discover how artists use math to create a variety of works in both two and three dimensions.


Grades 6–12


60 minutes


75 students

Tour type



  • Close looking
  • Critical thinking
  • Exploration of reflection/symmetry, line, proportion, and perspective


Students will:

  • Explore how artists use math to help them make their artworks. Sometimes their artworks are about math; sometimes artists use math during the planning phase, in order to turn their ideas into artworks in just the way that they had imagined.
  • Define and discuss the math concepts in artworks and how each work demonstrates/exploits it in order to show how math concepts can be used in practice (real world), not just in theory (classroom). Math concepts include: mathematical history, scale, flat background, flat background, flat figure, intuitive perspective, one-point perspective, reflection, x/y axis and quadrants, patterns, geometric shapes (parabolas), reflection (both horizontal  and vertical), balance, negative space, proportion, symmetry, sequencing, line, and math tools.

For teachers

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