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Mathematics and Art Connections Expressed in Artworks by South African Students (2019)

Fenyvesi, K., Brownell, C., Burnard, P., Sinha, P., Olivier, W., Steyn, C., & Lavicza, Z. (2019). Mathematics and Art Connections Expressed in Artworks by South African Students. In S. Wuppuluri, & D. Wu (Eds.), On Art and Science : Tango of an Eternally Inseparable Duo (pp. 291-312). Springer. Frontiers Collection. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-27577-8_19

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All authors or editors: Fenyvesi, Kristóf; Brownell, Christopher; Burnard, Pamela; Sinha, Pallawi; Olivier, Werner; Steyn, Catherina; Lavicza, Zsolt

Parent publication: On Art and Science : Tango of an Eternally Inseparable Duo

Parent publication editors: Wuppuluri, Shyam; Wu, Dali

ISBN: 978-3-030-27576-1

eISBN: 978-3-030-27577-8

Journal or series: Frontiers Collection

ISSN: 1612-3018

eISSN: 2197-6619

Publication year: 2019

Pages range: 291-312

Number of pages in the book: 353

Publisher: Springer

Place of Publication: Cham

Publication country: Switzerland

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-27577-8_19

Publication open access: Not open

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/67788


In this chapter, we examine a collection of drawings, and paintings from South African students between the ages of 10 to 17, that provide fresh and original perceptions to some already known topics, but also several unexpected connections between mathematics and art. These works reference classic math-art connections such as: golden ratio, spirals, infinity, and geometric figures; they also contain several personal reflections, unique discoveries and references to ethnomathematical connections within the African cultural heritage. To introduce their pieces and themselves, students shared their own interpretations of their artworks. These commentaries make possible the identification of cognitive, emotional and perceptual patterns. The chapter’s aim is to provide insights into several pragmatic implications of the epistemological and ontological perspectives of mathematics and art connections in learning, and to introduce the MathArtWork method and terminology in the context of creative STEAM education.

Keywords: mathematics; art; education and training; learning; creativity

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Reporting Year: 2019

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