Measuring Masterpieces: Art Integration Area and Perimeter Math Activity

Measuring Masterpieces: Art Integration Area and Perimeter Math Activity

Can be used for 2nd – 8th, Homeschool
Mostly used with 3rd and 4th students.

Includes: PDF, 75 pages

Measuring Masterpieces! Students will explore the “real” dimensions of famous artworks. They will create them (6 included), measure them to determine their size, and then calculate their perimeter and area. Finally, they will finish with a gallery of masterpieces, which can be used as a bulletin board display in your school or classroom.

I hope your students will enjoy learning about art history in this way—while sneaking in some math! When your students are finished with this lesson, I hope they will be curious about other famous artworks and maybe even ask themselves, “What size is the masterpiece in real life?

This project is great for art teachers and classroom teachers alike. This can be used as an alternative to a complete art history plan.

This project will be a success for both you and your students. I have even included a 15 minute complete teaching video where I introduce the project, instruct students step-by-step and end with a mini art history lesson on each famous masterpiece. This project includes everything you need. (See the preview file, and the preview movie for more details.

Project Details

There are 6 famous masterpieces. Each masterpiece contains a different number (listed below). Each page can be printed on regular 8.5″x11″ paper. If you do all 6 masterpieces there are 35 pieces in total.

Famous Artworks Included:

  • Frida Kahlo, The Frame (2 pieces/pages)
  • Salvador Dali, Persistence of Memory (2 pieces/pages)
  • Wayne Thiebaud, Cupcakes (6 pieces/pages)
  • Johannes Vermeer, Girl with a Pearl Earring (4 pieces/pages)
  • Piet Mondrian, Composition with red, blue, and yellow (9 pieces/pages)
  • Andy Warhol, Campbell’s Soup Can (12 pieces/pages)


  • Instructions (step-by-step with photographs)
  • Teaching video – 15 minutes long (available to stream on YouTube or download from Dropbox after you have purchased this resource)
  • Quick reference sheet for video (quickly navigate through the video)
  • Answer key
  • Printing checklist
  • Artwork pages (print in color for students to reference)
  • Grid reference pages (to help students plan colors and assemble the final posters)
  • Students handouts (group page, individual reflection page and optional page to measure all of the masterpieces)
  • Masterpiece pages (exact numbers of each listed above – under the famous artworks included). Each piece will fit on 8.5″x11″ paper.

Supplies needed:

  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Tape measure (yard stick or ruler)
  • Crayons, colored pencils or markers
  • Copy paper
  • Optional: Paint if you want to really take it up a notch – if so print on thicker paper

3 Project Extension ideas (explained in the resource):

  • Have your students go around and measure all fo the masterpieces – not just the one they created. To help you with this, I have attached a handout.
  • Present your masterpiece to the class.
  • Take students outside to measure an artwork. They can then compare the results to their masterpieces in class. If you choose to extend the project, you will find instructions and handouts to assist you.


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We can’t wait for the students to join us. This requires them to pay attention to every detail. 🙂

My students found this engaging fun! The hardest part was teaching them the area of large numbers. It was an amazing project, other than that!


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