This online gallery allows students to explore the MFA's varied collections through the lens of geometry.
Description:This Lesson allows students to explore the MFA's varied collections through the lens of geometry. Transformations—rotations, reflections, translations and dilations—will guide students through Ancient American, Classical, Korean, Islamic, and American Art. Through the slideshow and attached materials, students will learn about the art, culture, and traditional literature of art objects infused with geometry.
Learning Goals: In exploring this lesson, students will...
- Explore the relationship between art objects and the culture that produced them
- Understand the role of geometric patterns in art
This discovery will require students to:
- Closely observe and discuss art objects with their peers
- Consider how art reflects the larger culture that produced it
Using this Resource: The content material in this Lesson is divided into five sections, one per collection/culture. Each of these sections contains two objects and background information about the culture that produced them.
• Math teachers will be interested in the variety of visual images that support the concept of geometry, which can help students with different learning styles understand mathematics.
• Art teachers will be interested in the role of pattern and geometry in the art-making process and their significance in the larger culture.
• Social studies teachers will be interested in the many different cultures represented by the objects in this gallery, and how those objects may distinguish cultures yet indicate that humans have something (geometry and mathematics) in common.
We have selected art objects from across the Museum's collection areas that demonstrate geometric transformations particularly well. The objects in this Lesson are just a beginning. We encourage you to explore the Museum's online collection through this web resource—or even better, to visit the Museum and walk through the physical galleries—to look for other objects that can clearly demonstrate geometric concepts.