ArtLight Global bridges the fields of mathematics and art by offering hands on workshops for teachers and students that help improve mathematics learning and motivation for minority students.
When art is used to teach mathematics, it can impact students’ understanding and retention of key concepts and vocabulary. Both fields observe, describe, and imitate our natural world, which is important as students advance not only in mathematics or art, but also in science, technology, and engineering. When students are equipped with knowledge of these fields, it improves economic development and allows children to see themselves as collaborators, problem solvers and critical thinkers.
THE GLOBAL CHALLENGE
Unfortunately, there are a range of factors that undermine students’ ability to perform well in mathematics, and many factors are exacerbated when students come from minority backgrounds. Children with marginalized backgrounds continually perform poorly in international mathematics skills comparisons, which leaves them several grade levels behind their peers who have more advantages (Global Partnership for Education, 2012).
OUR OBJECTIVES & VALUES
TEACHING MATHEMATICS WITH ART USING COST EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES.
We value the local resources, surroundings, and environment children grow up in and address these resources and knowledge into our workshops. By focusing on the local resources available to students we are able to conduct our workshops cost effectively.
CONNECTING MATHEMATICS WITH EVERYDAY LIFE.
Mathematics exists everywhere, and our workshops facilitates this understanding. When students understand that mathematics is a part of their daily lives, it increases their motivation to learn and progress. In addition, integrating art with mathematics allows mathematics to not be an isolated subject, but a springboard for other academic areas.
ADDRESSING DIFFERENTIATED LEARNING IN THE CLASSROOM.
Integrating art into mathematics education engages a variety of learners with different abilities, therefore strengthening connections to concepts and leading to greater conceptual understanding. It also provides students with multiple opportunities to communicate mathematics ideas (drawing, writing, discussions).