One of the changes we made this year was the addition of academic and special electives for our junior high students. Our goal is to expose our junior high students to many different academic and related art experiences so they can make better choices for high school electives and career plans. In the next few weeks, I am going to highlight some of the academic electives in the Friday Focus. One of the academic electives for this quarter is The Art of Math, taught by Mrs. O’Brien. One of the first skills students studied was scale factoring. Students learned how to use a scale factor to make objects bigger. Students were then asked to use a scale factor to make a wrapper-of-choice into a poster. Students had to use math to measure and calculate dimensions using a scale factor to create a larger size of their wrapper.
The students are enjoying the Art of Math. Zoey Myers loves this elective and comments, “I like drawing and math, so this elective is fun. We learn how famous artists used math in their paintings and we also get to draw using math.” Marija Vukovic also loves this elective and adds, “I like how we get to have art in math. The behind the scenes of famous paintings and architecture is cool to see.”