Math Through Art

Grades: K-8
Tour length:
 1.5 hours 
900 S. Beretania Street
 Tuesday – Friday
 9 + 10:30am
Group Size:
 60 maximum
Request this tour: Fall 2015 | Spring 2016

​Help your students prepare for the tour in two ways: Have an interactive discussion about museum etiquette. ​Practice looking at art. Click here for more information.​


During this activity-filled tour, the galleries turn into math laboratories as the students use art to explore concepts of scale, ratio, perspective, pattern, symmetry and proportion. Students will discover how artists used math concepts to create art. They will see landscape paintings from Italy and learn one-point perspective to show depth on a two-dimensional surface. They will visit the Islamic gallery and create infinite patterns; they will calculate, measure and draw human proportions through modern portraits from the United States, France and Mexico, and an ancient Egyptian relief sculpture. Younger students will classify and categorize objects and determine the differences between symmetry and asymmetry while looking at paintings. Older students will create geometric sculptures after observing a variety of shapes and forms. All students will create a work of art in a human Spirograph. The tour offers multiple opportunities to enjoy art and practice math skills in fun ways! A take home math booklet is provided. After the tour, all students receive a Parent Pass to bring two adults to the museum for a return visit.

Students will receive this booklet to use on the tour and to take back to the classroom. 


Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Tour length: 3 hours
Times: Tour begins at 9am; art-making begins at 10:30am
Fee: There is a $4 fee per student to add an art-making lesson to this tour. 
Request this tour: Fall 2015 | Spring 2016

​For an additional fee of $4 per student, your class can participate in a studio art-making experience with a professional art instructor that coordinates with the guided tour. Students will collect data on the tour and turn this data into an amazing 3-D object.


Continue your museum experience back at school! Borrow artifacts related to your tour from the Lending Collection to use in the classroom. The Lending Collection is a free resource for island educators. Pre-packaged object trunks available for some tours, or hand pick objects from the collection for any tour. Contact Beth Pooloa,

Artwork on this tour:

Fernand Léger (French, 1881-1955), Abstraction, 1926

Leonard Coccorante (Italian, 1680-1750) Harbor with Roman Ruins, 1740-1740

Male Figure. Egypt, 2350-2170 B.C. Limestone with traces of polychrome.

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