Geometric Animals and Flower Symmetry (EN-CUR-370)

This cross-curricular learning scenario links Art to Science, English and Mathematics through a project-based approach including a series of interrelated tasks which follow one another.

Europeana animal drawings and paintings will be the starting point which will lead the students to design a flower, an animal and dissect symmetry. This is where students will be invited to create a link between what they have learnt in Mathematics and what they will be using during the Art lesson. The result would look like a mandala artwork. 

A variety of animals copied from artworks in Rome, including elephants, lions and mythical creatures, set together in one landscape. Engraving. Wellcome Collection CC BY

This learning scenario has been developed during the English version of the “Europeana in your classroom: building 21st-century competences with digital cultural heritage (Rerun)” online course. The course aimed to improve teachers’ understanding of cultural heritage in order to efficiently integrate it into their lessons and practices. The courses can be accessed here.

Author: Marinela Tati

Age of students: 9-11

Subjects and topics: Mathematics – Geometric shapes. Art – Design and pattern-making based on flower drawings. Science – Flowers

Learning Scenario

CC BY 4.0: the featured image used to illustrate this article has been found on Europeana Collections and provided by the Wellcome Collection.

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