• Art and Sculpture Book
  • Calculus Book
  • Dance Book
  • Games and Puzzles Book
  • Geometry Book
  • Knot Theory Book
  • Music Book
  • Number Theory Book
  • Patterns Book
  • Infinite Book
  • Truth, Reasoning, Certainty, and Proof Book

Art Projects and Connections in our Books

Our books use the connection between the arts and mathematics in many ways. The resources below can guide you towards particular investigations in our books, based on your interest in a particular art form, type of student engagement, or mathematical content topic.

We often use art as an entryway into a larger mathematical question, for example, using string art to motivate an investigation into tangent lines in "Ideas of Calculus." Sometimes the mathematical question arises in the structure of an art form, as in the ribbon patterns created in maypole dancing in the "Dance" book. At other times, students create a piece of their own mathematical art work as a culminating activity in the course, be it a piece of string art, a dance choreography, a poem, or a piece of fractal music.

Please share your ideas and experiences with us.

Larger Art Projects

Students create a piece of art using mathematics.

Art Connections/ Analyzing Art

Students use art to dive into a mathematical question.

  • Photography (geometry of a sphere and maps) GEOMETRY
  • Maypole dancing (patterns), Dance book, GEOMETRY
  • Origami (2 dim geometry), Art and Sculpture book, GEOMETRY
  • Perspective Drawings, Projections of the cube, Geometry book, GEOMETRY
  • 4th dimension: Hypercube + art, Geometry book,
  • Clapping Game (gcf lcm), Music book, ALGEBRA
  • Rhythms (Pascal’s triangle), Music book, ALGEBRA
  • Chord geometry – Moebius strip – Escher, Music book,
  • Golden Ratio – Art (GEOMETRY) Fibonacci
  • Contra dancing – Permutations, Dance book, (ALGEBRA)
  • Salsa Rueda – Star Polygons - Spirographs, Dance book, (lcm, gcd) {ALGEBRA)
  • Braiding – contra dancing – maypole dancing, Dance book,
  • Frieze patterns (frieze feet), Dance book,