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Multiplying Colors: Blending Art and Algebra

Do colors mix and multiply like numbers do? This project let students explore this mathematical and artistic question, resulting in finished paintings that represent algebraic equations.

To complete the project, student artists combined Henri Picciotto’s Lab Gear Manipulatives with Piet Mondrian’s geometric painting style to illustrate abstract algebraic concepts on canvas. Students demonstrated how to multiply algebraic expressions, factor quadratics, combine like terms, apply geometric concepts of dimension and area, and understand variables. They also learned to identify primary colors, mix them to create secondary colors, lay out precise configurations of geometric shapes in a limited space, and use painting tools and techniques to create vibrant abstract art.

PROJECT DESIGNERS: Justin Warren, Joanne da Luz, Robin Havens
TOOLS: Acrylic paint, canvas, brushes, measuring tools, pencil