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kandinsky functions 8th grade lesson

2nd Edition Lesson

Kandinsky Functions


Wassily Kandinsky was inspired by his ability to see sound and wanted to create art that expressed this. Color and form were the important parts of the artistic process to him. Using these elements his artwork abstractly communicated sights, sounds and emotions of the time. Students will use linear and nonlinear functions to create an artwork in the style of Kandinsky.



2-3 Class Sessions

Content Standard
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.8.FA.3: Interpret the equation y=mx+b as defining a linear function, whose graph is a straight line: Give examples of functions that are not linear. For example, the function A=s² giving the area of a square as a function of its side length is not linear because its graph contains the points (1,1), (2,4) and (3,9) which are not a straight line.

Arts Standard
VA.Cr1.2.8a: Collaboratively shape an artistic investigation of an aspect of present day life using a contemporary practice of art and design. 

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