We all know that children learn best when they are having fun, using a hands-on approach, and working across the curriculum so they are able to make connections and build their knowledge up from the things they already know about. But how does that work practically?
It can be hard for us, as parents and teachers, to know the best way to offer our children this rich, creative learning experience – especially if our own schooling was different. And perhaps we favour one style of learning – maybe you think of yourself as arty, but no good at maths, or vice versa. We might not feel confident about teaching across subjects, or unsure how to build links between different disciplines. However, it’s simply the best opportunity for our children if we do.
That’s why I created this Art of Circles workshop. It’s a math-meets-art curriculum, with hands-on projects that are beautiful, fun, and engage children from both a visual, arts perspective, and a mathematical one.
I’ve run this workshop with my own children, and within my family art clubs. It works so well to introduce new math concepts, reinforce children’s learning in a whole-brain way, and get children thinking about how they can creatively, and uniquely, use math and art together. And did I mention the projects are gorgeous?
The ART of CIRCLES workshop
It’s so important to combine math and art
By combining math and art you are encouraging your children to work at peak performance. They can put to work the ‘right-brain’ functions of creativity and holistic thinking and the ‘left-brain’ functions of focus and concentration.
When we work across the curriculum it allows us to go broader and deeper with our learning. We get to make connections. Our understanding is more relevant and our learning is longer-lasting.
Art and math integration in our classrooms makes learning accessible to all. It changes the atmosphere from one of rote, fact-based memorisation, to one based on discovery and deep understanding.
The projects in this workshop are hands-on and fun, and they preserve and foster the innate creativity with which we’re born.
The lessons are based on creativity and joy!
What you’ll get in this workshop:
This workshop gives you access to a private website where you will find a full set of resources that you can use to deliver a complete programme of art and math lessons based on CIRCLES.
The workshop is suitable for children from around the age of five right through to teens and adults.
It costs $14.99 and you can join in here.
All this is included in the workshop:
:: an introduction to STEAM, which is the combination of traditional STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and math, but with that all important A for arts
:: background information on why circles are so important to us, through history, around the world, and across cultures and religions
:: an explanation of the key math concepts of circles including circumference, diameter, radius, pi, chords, sectors, segments, fractions, semi circles, quadrants, concentric circles, line symmetry and radial symmetry
:: a showcase of famous art that celebrates circles, including work by Vassily Kandinsky, Herbert Beyer, Michael Kidner, Damien Hirst, Maija Louekari and Richard Long
:: three full art projects focused on circles for you to try with your children. The projects use oil pastels, white gel pens or marker pens, and paper shapes. They contrast big and small, 2D and 3D, colour and black and white. They are suitable for children from around age 5, all the way through to teens and even adults. They are beautiful and encourage you to create visual art with mathematical concepts.
:: a guide to making your own Circle Book, a lapbook-meets-art-journal, to record the key concepts you have learned
:: a selected reading list of super books about circles, to bring the element of storytelling to your math lesson
:: links to five bonus circle projects from NurtureStore’s math and art resources, so you can continue your creative learning
:: materials lists to help you get everything ready for your class
:: access to the NurtureStore private Facebook group where I’m available to chat, answer any questions and provide support
Join the workshop here
For unlimited access to the ART of CIRCLES workshop, and to get started on your art and math creativity, join the workshop here.
The workshop costs $14.99.
Frequently Asked Questions
What age is the workshop suitable for?
I have run this workshop with children from age 5 through to teens and adults. You can keep the math concepts simple for younger children, and challenge older ones to use more complex mathematical designs. I include ideas on how to differentiate for different abilities in the workshop materials.
How is the workshop delivered?
The ART of CIRCLES workshop is delivered through the NurtureStore website. It includes links to other websites. You will receive joining instructions when you purchase the workshop. You can complete the workshop on your own timescale.
How much does the workshop cost?
It costs $14.99.
What materials do I need to join in?
To complete all three of the main projects you will need: large black card, oil pastels, colored paper, white gel pens or coloured marker pens, pencils, scissors, glue sticks, colored thread and sewing needle, card or paper plate, contact paper/sticky-backed plastic. Older children may like to use a drawing compass to create their circles.
When does the workshop take place?
This workshop is an ‘on demand’ course, which means it’s available at any time. When you purchase the workshop you will receive an email giving you access to all the materials. You can deliver the workshop to your children at any time, to suit you.
How much time should I allow for each art project?
Allow approximately one hour per project if you would like to deliver each one individually. The full workshop can be delivered as a series of lessons, a half-day programme, a whole day programme or across the space of a week, depending on how deeply you wish to explore each aspect.
Can I use the materials in my homeschool?
Yes. This is a wonderful workshop for home school math and art. I’ll guide you through the math concepts, famous art and history of circles, and lead you step by step through the art projects.
Can I use the materials in my classroom?
Yes. You can use the materials to deliver one workshop or split the projects across a series of lessons. The workshop is great for cross-curriculum days, math clubs, art workshops, math and art camps and to enrich your existing math and art curriculum.
How long will I have access to the workshop materials?
Access is unlimited.
What technology do I need to join in with the workshop?
You will need a device and internet connection so that you can read the access email and this, and other, websites.
Can I share the materials with my friend/colleague?
Your friends and colleagues are welcome to join the workshop but they will need to purchase their own registration. All the materials are copyright protected and can not be shared with others. Access to the workshop and passwords will only be given to people who have purchased the Art of Circles workshop. Please email [email protected] if you would like to make a group booking for you and your colleagues as we can arrange for one invoice to be sent directly to your school.
Any other questions?
Please email [email protected] and Cathy or Sean will be happy to help.
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