Fourth Graders Used Radial Symmetry to Design Imaginary Stained Glass Windows
This fall in the art room, the entire school has done a variety of projects based on the art of a variety of historical eras. Fourth grade students all studied the great stained glass windows of the middle Ages. A rose window is a large, round, stained glass window in a church. Art is by nature interdisciplinary and is this case mathematics and geometry became part of our learning. Students created their own designs using the principle of radial symmetry and some very special stencils. We designed and outlined in marker to replicate the metal leading in a real window and then colored our work with neon markers. The bottoms of the windows were designed more freely using a variety of medieval sources.