Class Title: Geometric Art Forms
Teacher: Mrs. Teresa McCarthy
Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm
Do you love to create art? Have you ever wanted to try origami? How can you use straight lines to create the illusion of a curved spiral? What is a tessellation and a flexagon? These are just a few examples of some of the geometric art forms that we'll be exploring during our camp! Not only will students create hands-on art projects with patterned paper and colorful pens, but campers will also learn how 21st-century artists utilize technology to enhance their craft. Campers will use computers to research online tutorials from the origami and paper craft artist community, learn how to use Google Draw as a tool to create computer-based tessellations, and even build and keep their own 'Gami-Bot' built with vibration motors to put their origami creations into motion! With all this fun, campers won't even realize that their brains will be developing important visual-spatial reasoning that will help them rock those higher level mathematics classes in high school like geometry and trigonometry! Yes, geometric art can help our math brains grow without solving a single math problem! Parents, be prepared to be amazed by the campers' end-of-the-week culminating art show!
Teresa McCarthy is currently a Double Peak 6th grade math teacher who has a multiple subject and special education degree with a supplemental credential in math and art. Art was her minor in college and she enjoyed facilitating art programs in her first elementary teaching positions in both San Bernardino and Corona. For the past 15 years, she's taught in SMUSD in 6th-8th grade special education (SMMS/SEMS) and 5th grade (SEES) and recently received her masters degree in K-8 mathematics from SDSU. Through her passion for both math and art, Mrs. McCarthy has discovered the vital role that the arts play in developing the visual-spatial reasoning students need to be successful with geometric thinking in math.