We used geometry to create a math-art spider web design.
Math often exist within art to levels not detected by the viewer. Learning about the connections not only makes art more interesting, but serves as a very enjoyable way of learning about mathematics.
We have often selected geometric mandalas and used a compass and straight edge to recreate them. The challenge is a math puzzle and an exciting problem solving exercise.
Das große Mandala-Malbuch für Vorschulkinder was redrawn using only a compass and ruler. Here are the steps.
Place a ruler to line up with the tick marks and draw the perpendicular line passing through the center.
Place a ruler so that the tick marks are lined up and draw two angle bisectors passing through the center of the circle. (The circle should be divided into eight pieces.)
8. Increase the compass radius to 2 1/2", then 2 3/4" respectively and repeat step 7 drawing the remaining two web arcs.
9. Draw a small circle in the center.
11. Trace desired pencil lines with a black marker.
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Tutorial - Four Star Mandala