ART-4-LIFE

Use of Geometric Symbols in Geometry
A. Objectives:
1. Students will be able to recognize the use of geometric properties in the art
and architecture of various religions.
2. Students will identify the purpose and meaning of geometric symbols in the
art and architecture of those religions.
B. Materials:
1. Pictures, books, and transparencies showing the use of geometric forms in
religious art and architecture
C. Vocabulary:
1. Symmetry
2. Balance
3. Proportion
4. Mandala
5. Pentagram
6. Tessellations
D. Procedures:
1. Display and discuss pictures and transparencies of religious symbols and ask
students to identify the geometric figures found in those symbols.
2. Display and discuss pictures of religious architecture and ask students to
identify geometric properties found in the buildings.
3. Have students research various religions and find geometric symbols in the
art and architecture associated with those religions.
4. Have students sketch the symbols and give a written summary of the specific
purpose of the symbol in the given religion. Students will present findings to the
class.

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