M.C. Escher was known for the “impossible structures” shown in his art. He was also considered the ‘Father’ of modern tessellations.
An example of one of Escher’s “impossible structures” can be seen in Relativity. Look at this picture. Try to figure out which way the people are walking. Can you do it?
Escher’s art is filled with mathematical relationships between shapes, figures and space. He even wrote papers on math later in his life. Amazing since, as a child, he didn’t do well in math class!
Try this tessellation
art project at home-
- Index card
- Large sheet of white paper
- Scotch tape
- Black marker
- Crayons, color pencils or paints
TESSELLATIONA tessellation is composed of a picture or tiles, mostly in the form of animals, which cover the surface of a plane in a symmetrical way without overlapping or leaving gaps. That’s a pretty complicated definition for something that looks like it is made out of interlocking puzzle pieces! Escher 49 is an example of a tessellation.
5) Look at the shape you created. What does it look like? Does it look like a flower, a turtle or maybe a frog? Decide what it is going to be. You will be coloring it in later. We decided that the shape in our example would be a flower. (Figure 5)
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