Art isn’t just aesthetically pleasing to look at, it is also incredibly gratifying to create and mathematical to design. The following suggestions will engage any individual at any skill level for hours of creative mathematical designs!
Entrancing, gorgeous, and super easy to navigate, Weavesilk is a wonderful tool for exploring rotational, 2+ fold, and mirrored symmetry. Weavesilk has been loved by every young artist who tries it! Click to check out Weavesilk.com!
A fun, easy splash of symmetry art that even has a rainbow brush! This is an appealing program to use especially for younger artists. Click to check out Kaleidoscope Painter!
This program is a great bridge between the mathematical concepts of graphs and the beautiful free-flowing art of other symmetry painters. Click to check out Symmetry Artist!
Snowflake Generator lets you create virtual snowflakes with ease – moving one shape moves the other five at the same time, allowing the artist to better see the final outcome of the snowflake. Each time the artist makes a “cut”, more cuts are available. Click to check out Snowflake Generator!
For when you don’t have a set of physical tangram building blocks available to you, this is a great program for young mathematicians to create mosaic works of art while learning about geometric shapes. Artists can explore how to create larger, more elaborate designs with simple polygons, strengthening the problem solving skills that will be imperative in higher level geometry classes. Click to check out PatternBlocks!
Spiromath lets you create virtual Spirograph designs by changing the size of two circles and the distance of the line from the inner circle. Artists can change colors and play with distances and radii to experiment with different designs. The web site includes a description of the math behind Spirograph! Click to check out SpiroMath!