STEAMed Magazine January 2016 - Page 12

Students (and adults) are fascinated by the idea of conceptual art – and the fact that the artist only writes the instructions, and does not “make” the art. We talk about what it means to buy a Sol LeWitt wall drawing, which can sell for upwards of $100,000, and only receive a simple Certicificate of Authentication in exchange. Become a Sol LeWitt Draftsman Students begin the project by taking on the role of the LeWitt draftsman. They are given a set of instructions written specifically to explore a mathematical concept or introduce vocabulary. Instructions can be as simple as this: 1. Divide your paper into 4 equal squares. 2. In the top left square, draw two diagonal lines to create four triangles. 3. Color at least one-half of the triangles blue and no more than one-quarter of the triangles red. Or, for older students, the instructions might look like this: 1. Draw a triangle with the coordinates (1,-5) (10,-11), (1,-11) 2. Reflect this triangle over the y-axis. Completed drawings are presented side-by-side on a wall and students gather to review the finished artwork and discuss the results. Are all the drawings the same? Why or why not? Are there differences between drawing errors or interpretations? This discussion stimulates students’ understanding of a number of concep G2f"WRvB&RFRFffW&VBv2F&W&W6VBRֆcbR6"GvbfW"G&vW2&VRFFPG&vW2fRF&RWBFV6FW#vBFW2BV7BVbV6R6"F&VRWBbFRfW"G&vW2&VS0F&VRV'FW'2BV7BRֆc5DTVBvP V'#bVFFࠠ