Program Flyer: Math Connections in Art: Gridding

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Contact Information
Diane Cizek
11150 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH  44106
Phone: (216) 707-2468
Program Title
Math Connections in Art: Gridding
Program Type
Program Series
This is a four-part series consisting of an overview of the life and art of Chuck Close, two hands-on in-classroom sessions in which the CMA presenter guides students through gridding their photographs and producing self portraits, and a final session to discuss the students' artwork and assess comprehension of math concepts.

This series is only available as a set; please register for all four dates at once. We recommend scheduling one session per week.

Program Rating
   based on 30 evaluation(s).
Target Audience
Education: Grade(s) 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Maximum Number of Participants
No maximum, though we strongly recommend one class.
Minimum Number of Participants
No minimum.
Primary Disciplines
Fine Arts, Mathematics
Program Description
In this four-part series students will learn about the work of American painter and printmaker Chuck Close and will also learn to apply math concepts and skills used by the artist to transfer photographic images to another working surface. Beginning with photos of themselves, students will measure, grid and reproduce their portrait into a painting or pencil rendering which may be finished later at home or in the classroom. Concepts such as proportion, ratio, percent, and area are reinforced.
Program Format
Session 1
1. Introduce works by Chuck Close, an American artist who uses math to dramatically scale his images.
2. Using math principles guide students through the gridding process they will use to enlarge their images for the self portrait they will create over the course of the 4 sessions.

Session 2
Grid photographs students have brought and explain that finished drawing needs to be 50% larger than original photo.

Session 3
Guide students as they use their gridded photos from Session 2 to begin transferring the design to the larger drawing paper.

Session 4
1. Students finish their self-portraits.
2. Review math concepts employed in enlarging their images.
3. Discuss Chuck Close’s work and the way in which he and other artists break color into small shapes for expressive purposes.
Students will understand how Chuck Close, and other artists, use math in creating their art.
Students will use a grid system to help accurately enlarge an image in a work of art.
Students will learn how to determine the size of the enlarged image, based on proportion.
National/Common Core Standards to which this program aligns
All programs are aligned with the National Education Standards, Ohio Department of Education Academic Standards, and New York State Learning Standards.
State/Regional Standards to which this program aligns
Program Length
45-60 minutes
Program Cost
By Request: $145.00
By Request Premium: $130.00
Program Fee Notes
$145 each connection. Course length: 4 sessions for a total of $580.00

Purchase orders are due within 10 days of registration. Payment is due in full within 30 days of receiving the invoice. Invoices are sent upon program completion.
Cancellation Policy
Programs are non-refundable, however cancellations due to technical difficulties, school closings, or those received 48 hours in advance may be rescheduled for no additional charge. Rescheduling is subject to availability.
Is recording allowed?

Program Delivery Mode(s)
Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

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