Last updated on
Thursday, December 10th, 2020
Experience type: 
Virtual Field Trip
Program Description

Mondays | October 2020 - June 28, 2021

Discover the interwoven worlds of math and art throughout history and explore how math inspires art in this unique outreach program geared towards secondary students. Using tessellations as a foundation, variations upon each workshop caters to specific grade levels. Each workshop explores traditional design elements represented in Coast Salish contemporary art, and examines artists who use tessellations in their work.

Workshop 1 | Grade 8
Learn about basic translation tessellations, the connection
to translation math, as well as the history behind how math
inspires artmaking.

Workshop 2 | Grade 9-10
Learn about proportional reasoning and the basic connection
between math and art using tessellations as a starting point.

Workshop 3 | Grade 11-12
Learn about modelling curves in art works with equations, such as
quadratic and radical equations, while exploring tesselations and
traditional shapes utilized by Coast Salish artists.

Curriculum Tie-ins: Art Education, Indigenous Studies, Math

Big Ideas
  • Analyzing data by determining averages is one way to make sense of large data sets and enables us to compare and interpret.
  • Number represents, describes, and compares the quantities of ratios, rates, and percents.
  • The relationship between surface area and volume of 3D objects can be used to describe, measure, and compare spatial relationships.
  • Analyzing the validity, reliability, and representation of data enables us to compare and interpret.
  • Similar shapes have proportional relationships that can be described, measured, and compared.
  • Artists often challenge the status quo and open us to new perspectives and experiences.
  • Creative growth requires patience, readiness to take risks, and willingness to try new approaches.
  • Dance, drama, music, and visual arts are each unique languages for creating and communicating.
  • Individual and collective expression can be achieved through the arts.
  • Creative arts experiences can build community and nurture relationships with others.
  • Dance, drama, music, and visual arts each use their own unique sensory language for creating and communicating.
  • Identity is explored, expressed, and impacted through arts experiences.
  • The arts provide opportunities to gain insight into the perspectives and experiences of people from a variety of times, places, and cultures.
  • COVID Precautions
    School programs at Burnaby Art Gallery have been reviewed, revamped, and rebuilt to consider safety parameters regarding the current pandemic. This includes: -enhancing supplies -individualizing art kits -distanced learning options
    Trip Details
    For Grades: 
    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
    Days Offered: 
    Times Offered: 
    75 minutes unless otherwise stated.
    Maximum Students: 
    Offered In French: 
    Also Offered For: 
    Packages Provided: 
    Pre-Visit Information Package
    Fee Details
    Fee Notes: 

    Zone A schools:
    » Schools in Burnaby School District
    » Min. 2 workshops booked per school per day (No minimum if Online)
    » $110 per class

    Zone B schools:
    » New Westminster, Vancouver east of Main,Coquitlam, Port Moody
    » Min. 3 workshops booked per school per day required (No minimum if Online)
    » $115 per class

    Zone C schools:
    » Vancouver west of Main, North Vancouver, Richmond,Surrey, West Vancouver, Delta
    » Min. 3 workshops booked per school per day required (No minimum if Online)
    » $120 per class

    Additional Notes

    Technical Needs

    Minimum requirements:

    • Computer – laptop, desktop, smartphone or tablet 
    • Internet connection

    Quality experience: (in order of importance)

    • Webcam
    • Speakers
    • Microphone
    • Large monitor or projector 

    *Please note: The Burnaby School District has AV equipment available for schools in need. Please contact your district office.