Born around 300 BC in Alexandria, Euclid is one of the world’s most important mathematicians. He was a member of a wealthy Greek family and was trained in math by Plato’s students at Plato’s Academy in Athens.
Euclid, also known as the father of geometry, went on to publish at least six mathematical textbooks. His Elements treatise was used as a main math textbook from the time it was published until the early 19th century. It’s believed that more than a thousand book editions have been released, second only to the Bible.
Euclid’s Elements introduces the theory of Euclidian geometry. Students will use this concept with the Mayco Triad Slab Pot Lesson Plan. Using clay, students create a completely symmetrical, triangular pot with three sides of equal length and three equal angles, each measuring 60 degrees. The concept of threes continues through the painting process, with students selecting a triad color scheme.
Euclid, in Greek, means “renowned, glorious,” two achievements your students can strive for with their ceramic creations. This project requires practice creating even slabs, slipping and scoring, creating and applying coils, trimming, decorating with rollers, painting, and glazing clay. It’s an integrated lesson that spans math, science, and art.
Follow the link above for the Triad Slab Pot art lesson plan. It includes step-by-step instructions, a complete materials list, and a photo of a finished piece. Suitable for Grades 5-12.