Your final assignment for MATH 121 is to create an art object (or several art objects) that is in some way related to the ideas discussed in class. You may use any reasonable medium. Your work will be graded on the basis of quality of execution, creativity, originality, and depth of mathematical content.

We will have a crit on the last day of class, organized as follows. I will bring tape, so everyone can put their work on the walls or on the tables in front of the room. (Those who plan to project their work to the screen will have a chance to do so in the last 20 minutes of the crit.) Each artist will be assigned a number in advance. (Click here to find yours.) Please make sure your number is clearly indicated on or near your project. At the beginning of class, anyone who wants to say something about their work may do so, but this is not required. Next, you will have a chance to take a closer look at everyone's work. I will give you a form on which you can rate each numbered project on a scale of 1 to 5. I will use your input as a factor in assigning grades to the projects.

  • Here is a suggested grading scheme, though you may use your own criteria if desired:
    • 5: The piece is exceptional in conception, execution and mathematical content.
    • 4: The piece is skillfully and thoughtfully executed, and it employs class ideas in some way.
    • 3: The piece is skillfully and thoughtfully executed, but its connection to class ideas is somewhat weaker; or it is less skillfully executed, but the connection to class ideas is strong.
    • 2: The work is somewhat lacking in execution and conception.
    • 1: It is clear that not much thought or work went into the piece; and/or it is not at all related to the course content.

Following are some examples of projects from MATH 121 students, past and present.

Taylor Russell
(ckick on image to see movie)


Andrew Schmidt (construction from assorted materials), 2011

John McWhoeter (digital print) , 2011

Amelia Langford (pen and ink, 14" × 11.5"), 2011

Rachel Maves (pencil on card stock), 2010

David Mizelle (ink, paper and collage elements) 2009

Caitlin Geaghan (digital print), 2011

Danny Reidy, 2010

Tyler Rhodes, 2010

Adam Gailey, untitled animation (Click to view movie), 2008

Mark Griffin, untitled, (8"×10", mixed media) 2008

Derek Cavanaugh, untitled, (9"×12", pen & ink) 2008

Perspective from John Dombroski on Vimeo

Christopher McElfresh,(14"×14", colored pencil)

Gregorio Jemmott, 2009

Phong Nguyen (11"×13", watercolor and ink) 2009

Liz Cawrse (10"×12", encaustic on panel) 2009

Savannah Harwood (acrylic wash and collage
elements on a found dresser drawer) 2009

Perspective from Dan Milam on Vimeo.

Vest by Nedim Sudic, 2009