ALEX Learning Activity


Creating Art Using Ratios

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Author: Jessica Freeland
Organization:University of South Alabama
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 1742
Creating Art Using Ratios
Digital Tool/Resource:
Web Address – URL:
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Students will review the concept of ratios by creating a work of art based on ratio relationships.

This activity was created as a result of the Arts COS Resource Development Summit.

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
MA2015 (2016)
Grade: 6
1 ) Understand the concept of a ratio, and use ratio language to describe a ratio relationship between two quantities. [6-RP1]

Examples: "The ratio of wings to beaks in the bird house at the zoo was 2:1 because for every 2 wings there was 1 beak." "For every vote candidate A received, candidate C received nearly three votes."

NAEP Framework
NAEP Statement::
4NPO4a: Use simple ratios to describe problem situations.

NAEP Statement::
8NPO3a: Perform computations with rational numbers.

NAEP Statement::
8NPO4a: Use ratios to describe problem situations.

NAEP Statement::
8NPO4b: Use fractions to represent and express ratios and proportions.

NAEP Statement::
8NPO4d: Solve problems involving percentages (including percent increase and decrease, interest rates, tax, discount, tips, or part/whole relationships).

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
M.AAS.6.1- Select a ratio to match a given statement and representation.

Arts Education
ARTS (2017)
Grade: 6
Visual Arts
3) Develop new ideas through open-ended experiments, using various materials, methods and approaches in creating works of art.

Insight Unpacked Content
Artistic Process: Creating
Anchor Standards:
Anchor Standard 2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.
Process Components: Investigate, Plan, Make
Essential Questions:
EU: Artists and designers experiment with forms, structures, materials, concepts, media, and artmaking approaches.
EQ: How do artists work? How do artists and designers determine whether a particular direction in their work is effective? How do artists and designers learn from trial and error?
Concepts & Vocabulary:
  • Artistic ideas and work
  • Formal and conceptual vocabulary
  • Innovation
  • Investigation
  • Two-dimensional
  • Three-dimensional
  • Experimentation
  • Conservation
  • Craftsmanship
  • Linear perspective
  • Environmental responsibility
  • Prior knowledge
  • Museum
  • Gallery
  • Curator
  • Digital
  • Horizon Line
  • Brainstorming
  • Research
Skill Examples:
  • Make, share and revise a list of ideas and preliminary sketches.
  • Use introductory skills, techniques, and elements of art to create a composition
  • Demonstrate drawing techniques, such as hatching, cross-hatching, shading, and stippling.
  • Create a group project about a current or world event.
  • Examine careers and identify and role - play various jobs of artists.
  • Research a subject or idea that has personal meaning to create a work of art.
  • Use the elements of visual arts to create an artwork that depicts emotions.
  • Use a variety of media and techniques in two and three dimensions to create imagery from experience, observation and imagination.
  • Demonstrate proper clean-up and/or disposal of equipment and materials.
  • Demonstrate art room safety and procedures.
  • Design an environmentally area for the school such as a library or other multi-use learning area.
  • Engage for the purpose of personal reflection and ongoing revision, in group critiques.
  • Reflect through journal writing artist intent.
Learning Objectives:

Students will demonstrate their knowledge of ratios by applying it to create an original work of art.

Students will use ratio language to describe the ratio relationship in their work of art. 

  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  

The student(s) will:

1.) review the concept of ratio.

2.) create an original work of art using a variety of materials that illustrates ratio relationships. For example:

  • Create a ratio bracelet and explain the ratio of beads (i.e. 3 red for every 2 green and 1 yellow).
  • Create a collage or painting and explain the ratio of colors, shapes, sizes, etc. (i.e. for every 3 squares, there are 2 circles and 2 triangles).

3.) Students will share their works of art and explain what ratio(s) they used.

Assessment Strategies:

Determine if the students understand ratios by checking to make sure that the ratio used in their work of art is correct.

Determine if the students developed a new idea and used various methods and/or materials by observing their final products.

Advanced Preparation:

In order for the students to be creative, a variety of materials should be available for them to use and experiment with, such as:

  • Beads
  • Jewelry making wire, clasps, crimps, etc.
  • Construction paper
  • Magazines for collage
  • Paints & paintbrushes
  • Clay or Model Magic
  • Glitter, sequins, etc.
  • Markers, crayons, colored pencils
Variation Tips (optional):
Notes or Recommendations (optional):
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