About the Program
Exploring mathematics through visual arts
Utilising the charismatic and thought-provoking Eddie Woo Maths at the Sydney Opera House videos, students will learn about architecture, perspective, geometry and Jorn Utzon and Ove Arup’s Spherical Solution to gain an understanding of the mechanics, engineering and sheer creativity involved in constructing the iconic Sydney Opera House.
Students develop a series of drawings through observing the structure of the building, and work with archival photographs and objects to dissect the mathematical patterns, additive and pre-fabricated elements of the building to create new or alternative versions of the Opera House. From here, students use installation and sculptural processes to enlarge, distort, emphasise and recreate aspects of the building from different perspectives.
In this workshop students:
- Create a series of observational sketches, collaborative three-dimensional drawings and small sculptural models that replicate the geometry of the Sydney Opera House
- Work with their classmates to distort and abstract patterns and structures of the Opera House to create new imagined versions of the Opera House and surrounding buildings
- Develop an understanding of the Utzon Design Principles, in particular Utzon’s use of additive architecture, counter balance, sculpture and form
- Interrogate historic and contemporary maps, photographs, drawings and models of the Sydney Opera House and consider how architects, engineers and builders collaborated and problem solved to create the building seen today
Sydney Opera House presents Dissecting Geometry, developed by Sarah Fitzgerald in collaboration with the Creative Learning Team at the Sydney Opera House.
Sydney Opera House recognises the work of educator Eddie Woo in developing and delivering Mathematics teaching and learning strategies specific to the Sydney Opera House that have informed the outcomes and activities for this Creative Learning Module.
|Thursday 21 September 2023||10am, 12.30pm|
|Tuesday 2 April 2024||10am, 12.30pm|
|Wednesday 3 April 2024||10am, 12.30pm|
|Thursday 4 April 2024||10am, 12.30pm|
|Monday 9 September 2024||10am, 12.30pm|
|Tuesday 10 September 2024||10am, 12.30pm|
|Wednesday 11 September 2024||10am, 12.30pm|
|Thursday 12 September 2024||10am, 12.30pm|
|Friday 13 September 2024||10am, 12.30pm|
Suitable for Stages 3 - 6
This event is recommended for Years 5 - 12.
This program runs for 90 mins.
Event duration is a guide only and may be subject to change.
Key Themes - Exploring geometry, sculpture, architecture, engineering, collaboration and real-world problem-solving techniques in Mathematics, Visual Arts, Design and Technology and STEM.
NSW Curriculum: Outcomes for Stages 2-3
- EN4-9E uses, reflects on and assesses their individual and collaborative skills for learning
- MA4-3WM recognises and explains mathematical relationships using reasoning
- MA4-1WM communicates and connects mathematical ideas using appropriate terminology, diagrams and symbols
- MA5.1-1WM uses appropriate terminology, diagrams and symbols in mathematical contexts
- MA4-7NA operates with ratios and rates and explores their graphical representation
- MA4-11NA creates and displays number patterns; graphs and analyses linear relationships; and performs transformations on the Cartesian plane
- MA5.1-7NA graphs simple non-linear relationships
- MA4-12MG calculates the perimeters of plane shapes and the circumferences of circles
- MA5.1-8MG calculates the areas of composite shapes, and the surface areas of rectangular and triangular prisms
- VAES3.1 Investigates subject matter in an attempt to represent likenesses of things in the world
- VAES3.4 Communicates about the ways in which subject matter is represented in artworks
- 4.6 selects different materials and techniques to make artworks.
- 4.9 begins to acknowledge that art can be interpreted from different points of view
- 5.4 investigates the world as a source of ideas, concepts and subject matter in the visual arts
Design and Technology
- DT4.4 describes the work and responsibilities of designers and the factors affecting their work