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What is Art Deco?

It is a decorative design style using many geometric patterns. This style first appeared around 1904 and disappeared around 1950. It uses symbols about machines, power, speed, flight, freedom, and ancient cultures. Art Deco designs can be found on many buildings in our cities. Geometric patterns of Art Deco are on the plasterwork, stained glass windows, tilings and iron window-frames.

What is Transformation Geometry?

Transformation Geometry is a part of mathematics, which looks at the way that shapes can be changed and can make patterns. To transform something is to change it to make it look different. Transformations include reflection, rotation, translation, enlargement, glide reflection and shear. Many designs involving transformations are made into friezes. A long repeated pattern is called a frieze. Mathematicians have found that there are only 7 ways to make a frieze pattern.

Suggested Introductory Class Activities
1. To do an Art Deco Tour of your city and classify the geometrical nature of the buildings.
2. To invite a local expert from your Visitor Centre or City Council to talk about the Art Deco in your local buildings.
3. Research Art Deco on the internet.