Anni McTavish is an Early Years Creative Arts Consultant, with over thirty years in the field of early education. She has been both a practitioner, deputy and Headteacher, and has worked across the UK, Europe and Internationally. Trained originally as a fine bookbinder, she also ran her own business as a designer hatmaker. An Associate of Early Education, she works on a range of projects, writes books and articles.
During the Summer Term 2021, Anni is leading a Maths Through Art Project with the Pembury Team and children.
Maths through Art Project
Developing maths through the expressive arts has many possibilities!
In this summer project we will be looking at patterns and shapes in nature (fractals) to inspire artworks with materials such as: shells, seedpods, leaves, wood, pebbles, etc.
The children will be introduced to both well-known and local artists and through this, different mathematical language and concepts, such as pattern, shape and number. For example, we will be exploring the work of Minnie Pwerle, an Aboriginal artist with a passion for colour, pattern and stories.
The children will then have the opportunity to explore a range of art media, skills and techniques, for instance, working with oil pastels, textured paint and clay (supplied by a local pottery studio). We will be experimenting with mono-printing, repeating patterns, relief and tile work, as well as maths songs and movement games.