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Arcadia, CA, 91006
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Creative World Art School is a non-profit organization in Arcadia, CA focusing on arts education. We offer weekend fine arts classes, an after-school program, summer art camps, birthday art workshops, and more.

Math & Numbers

Rotational Tessellations

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For Math & Numbers, Ms. Rosaline's class has been working on creating a type of pattern called a tessellation. 

A tessellation is created when a shape is repeated over and over again covering a plane without any gaps or overlaps. Each of the shapes fit perfectly together like puzzle pieces. Tessellations can be found in nature, and have been utilized in Ancient Roman and Islamic decorative arts. More contemporary examples of tessellations can be found in artwork by artists such as M.C. Escher.

Unassembled pieces

Unassembled pieces

A rotational tessellation is a pattern where the repeating shapes fit together by rotating 90 degrees. The class discussed the importance of precision- the pieces must be exactly alike or will not fit together!

Each student created their own template for their tessellation, and then traced and cut out the four identical pieces. Finally, designs were collaged onto each puzzle piece to transform it.

Cutting out painted papers for a design

Cutting out painted papers for a design

Patterns and Grids

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Edith (Left), Jacob Y (Right)

Edith (Left), Jacob Y (Right)

Students are always encouraged to seek patterns while studying mathematics. But what about making patterns? To understand the visual and cognitive aspects of patterns students should be able to actively play around with the concept. Ms. Shannon's Math & Numbers class got to do just that!

Ms. Shannon went over the idea of grids and patterns and gave students a foundation to work from. In the picture above Edith and Jacob display the different ways one can approach patterns and grids. Edith's is precise and controlled and Jacob's, while initially was controlled, ended up in an explosion of color!

It's great to see how something so seemingly rigid can be interpreted in different ways and manipulated through creativity!

Doubling it up!

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Grace's math book "Doubling it up!" (September, 2015)

Grace's math book "Doubling it up!" (September, 2015)

This past month Ms. Rosie's students were introduced to the ideas of multiplicity and exponential growth. For many of our kindergartners, first graders, and second graders this was the first time they have tackled these topics.

The concept was introduced by reading students the story "One Grain of Rice." In the story a raja asks a girl what her reward for a good act should be and she responds that she wants one grain of rice. The raja insists that she ask for more and she responds;

Today, you will give me a single grain of rice. Then, each day for thirty days you will give me double the rice you gave me the day before. Thus, tomorrow you will give me two grains of rice, the next day four grains of rice, and so on for thirty day.

Ms. Rosie then illustrated how the number would quickly double and double and double on the board. Students were amazed by the idea of exponential growth and created their own books where tiny copies of themselves clone on and on and on!