M.C. Escher

April 15, 2008 at 7:16 pm 18 comments

M.C. Escher is an artist that is primarily famous for his woodcuts, many of which are tessellations.  Tesselations are created using translations, rotations, and reflections from an initial object/ shape.  In my classroom there is an article posted on the bulletin board regarding M.C. Escher and his artwork which is currently being exhibited at the Flint Institute of Art.  There are also numerous books and articles about Escher and his artwork.  There’s an endless supply of information online also.  Find and report on at least one random fact about Escher.  Also pick one of the 5 pictures I have posted and describe the Geometry that is involved to create this piece of artwork. 


An extra credit opportunity for you – which you will only know about if you actually read this blog – is to go to the Flint Institute of Art and look at the exhibit on Escher.  Bring back some proof of having been to the FIA and write the name of your favorite piece of artwork (that is exhibited) and year that it was created on a notecard and turn it in.  This will be worth up to 15 points of Extra Credit.  (Saturday’s are free at the FIA.)


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  • 1. rbinkley  |  April 15, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    Ok – so, sorry about the fact that there are the images are shown multiple times each… I had an issue with the gallery function on the blog site!

  • 2. Andrea Boulton  |  April 16, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    M.C. stands for Maurits Cornelis and his nickname was Mauk.
    The one picture with the various butterflies of different color is an example of rotation. Each butterfly is the exact same shape as the ones around it and it merely pivets around from one point.

  • 3. Samantha Daniel  |  April 18, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    M.C. Escher, as a child, in school had poor grades. He studied under Samuel Jessurun de Mesquita after switching to decorative arts.
    I would have to say that my favorite piece of art work up there is the picture with starfish and seashells. I think that it’s cool how as each point of the starfish touches another it between then makes a seashell. It’s very interesting to look at.

    To Andrea’s response: I agree with what she says about the butterflies. They fit so perfectly together without breaking the pattern. All they had to do was pivot around eachother and I think that’s interesting htat someone would think to do that.

  • 4. Ashley McCrandall  |  April 20, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    M.C. Escher was put into a special school when he was seven, and he also failed the second grade. I like the butterfly tesselation, like Andrea. The different colors just go well together and it looks really cool. Tesselations can be related to art and geometry and it’s cool to see the connection. Geometry can be creative!!

  • 5. Ashley Pinter  |  April 20, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    Well i know that the butterfly one is a rotation. M.C Escher is one of the worlds most famous graphic artist. He did over 2000 drawings…AMAZING.

  • 6. Ashley Pinter  |  April 20, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    To Ashley McCrandall: I totally agree geomentry is very creative. Art has a lot to do with geomentry and math period. You have to proportion your work, measure, and of course use rotation, translation and reflection

  • 7. Ashley Pinter  |  April 20, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    Response to Samantha Daniel: See I want to a fashion designer, so its good to know that i dont have to be good in school to be a type of artist. Even though im top 5 in my class.

  • 8. Ashley Pinter  |  April 20, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    Response to andrea boulton: Yea i def. love the butterfly one. m.c escher is amazing how he does that without ruining any of the patterns

  • 9. KRYSTIN PREMO  |  April 21, 2008 at 1:45 am

    Response to Andrea Boulton:
    The butterfly one was my favorite too, and I agree with you that is uses rotational symmetry.

  • 10. KRYSTIN PREMO  |  April 21, 2008 at 1:47 am

    Response to Samantha Daniel: I like dthe sea shell and the startfish one too. I still wonder how someone with poor grades could make these very math related pieces of artwork.

  • 11. KRYSTIN PREMO  |  April 21, 2008 at 1:48 am

    Response to Ashley Pinter:
    Over 2,000 pieces of artwork is crazy. Someone must really have to like to do something a lot to keep at it for so long!

  • 12. KRYSTIN PREMO  |  April 21, 2008 at 1:49 am

    Response to Ashley McCrandall:
    Eshcer does prove that geometry can be creative and it deffinitally makes you look at things in a different way after you know the different types of symmetry.

  • 13. Logan Clark  |  April 21, 2008 at 2:43 am

    M. C. Escher was a Dutch Artist, born on June 17th, of 1898, and passed away on March 27th, 1972. He’s known for mathematically inspired art creations, some being Tessellations.

    My favorite piece is the one called “Lizards.” I like this one because it seems so monotonous, but it’s complex and meticulous as well. This piece relates to Geometry because it’s one shape inside a plane repeating, but slightly moving, somewhat like rotation.

    Escher = Epic.

  • 14. Andrea Boulton  |  April 21, 2008 at 11:51 am

    To Ashley McCrandall: I would have never guessed that such a famed artist would have failed second grade.

  • 15. Shea  |  April 21, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    M.C. (Maurits Cornelis) Escher was a dutch writer born in 1898. He wasnt a very good student in school. he got bad grades. The lizard picture is my favorite. it is neat ow they get smaller but still are in sync with each other.

  • 16. Ashleigh Callahan  |  April 22, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    M.C. Escher, during his lifetime, made 448 lithographs, woodcuts and wood engravings and over 2,000 drawings and sketches.

    That’s a whole lot of art!

    The butterfly picture is also my favorite & I would def. agree with everyone who said that it was a rotation.

  • 17. samantha rude  |  April 22, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    Eschers field was drawing and lithography, which is a method for printing using a plate or stone with a completely smooth surface. This is interesting to me because I think the reason he was in the field for lithography was because it might be the way he made most of his art. I was not successful finding out if that was true but that is my guess. I did find information about him making woodcuts, which makes me believe he made things that way.

  • 18. rbinkley  |  April 23, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    Everyone needs to make sure they are actually responding to the questions asked, not just random comments! Your points come from making sure you answer the question constructively!


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