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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.)


21 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Bradley Gear  |  April 16, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    M C Escher seems like a very interesting man in many ways, but one thing I found interesting is that his first piece of artwork was created in 1916 and it was of his father who he loved very much. I really liked that. One of his paintings that i liked the most was the lizards one, it is very mesmorising, i really dont know how to relate it to geometry except for the fact that it is a circle and yeah stuff like that.

  • 2. Melissa Kinch  |  April 16, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    Honestly I really dislike Tesselations. I understand how it relates to geometry because of the shape and angles of the way they fit together. Even though I don’t like this man, he is a good example to use for geometry.

  • 3. josh corner  |  April 17, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    tesselations are annoying and they hurt my eyes but it is kind of neat that someone came up with them. i just hope that he did other stuff too.

  • 4. zach jackson  |  April 18, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    I think that tessellations are pretty cool because you can make some neat shapes out of them and it is a nice piece of artwork.

    One random fact is during his lifetime he made 448 lithographs.

    The one picture he did named Lizards involves geometry in the angles of the shapes, the measurements, and triangles.

  • 5. KRYSTIN PREMO  |  April 21, 2008 at 1:43 am

    Something that I found intersting on M.C. Esher was that he really wasn’t a good student. His grades were poor and he went to a special help school at the age of seven where he failed the second grade. Then through elementary and high school his only class where he excelled in was drawing, then he later dropped out of his college after failing classes there. This is intersting considering that he never had any mathmatical training and yet he still made artwork that went along with math in so many ways.

    My favorite piece of artwork from the home page of M.C. Eshcer’s would probably be the butterflies, the colors catch your eye and he used rotational symmetry.

  • 6. KRYSTIN PREMO  |  April 21, 2008 at 1:51 am

    Response to Brad Gear:
    I think it’s cool that his first piece of artwork was inspired by his father. It makes it just that much more meaningful to the people who look at it.

  • 7. KRYSTIN PREMO  |  April 21, 2008 at 1:52 am

    Response to Melissa Kinch:
    So far you have liked nothing that Mrs. Binkley has put up here for a blog, and tessilations are just cool to look at.

  • 8. TOM MCQUEEN\\\\  |  April 21, 2008 at 1:53 am

    im going to agree with josh about them hurting his eyes i really dont like lookin at them but i get how they relate to geometry with all the angles and shapes and rotations #$%^ later

  • 9. KRYSTIN PREMO  |  April 21, 2008 at 1:53 am

    Response to Josh Corner:
    Tesselations are pretty neat I bet it takes a lot of time to turn and move all of those shapes that way to get them right.

  • 10. Meghan Henick  |  April 21, 2008 at 10:08 am

    M.C. Escher was born June 17th, 1898. He has a really cool sounding name too. Maurits Cornelis Escher. His bicture with the butterflies relates to geometry because it shows how well angles and shapes can fit together.

  • 11. Lance Menard  |  April 21, 2008 at 11:33 am

    My random fact is that M.C. Escher was 73 years old when he died. I liked the lizards tesselation. It uses rotations.

  • 12. jaimie martinbianco  |  April 23, 2008 at 1:43 am

    tesselations are preety boring i htink. they hurt my eyes and head. i think this guy must bnot have a life to make these things

  • 13. rbinkley  |  April 23, 2008 at 1:17 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!

  • 14. Chelsea Ledger  |  April 24, 2008 at 12:19 am

    i think they are sooo amazing on how someone took soo much time into making them haa like Josh corner said they do hurt my eyes tooo but they are just so cool to look at them

  • 15. JOHNATHON JAMES SPENCER  |  April 24, 2008 at 2:11 am

    tessellations are the best thing i know about.
    jk i hate them.
    i think i hate them because im terrible at math so i hate math.

    All of the pieces of art work has to do with geometry because of the way the shapes fit together and stuff.

  • 16. Aaron Decator  |  April 24, 2008 at 11:56 am

    Tessellations are interesting because they can repeat, repeatedly. They can continue on to make interesting shapes and figures forever. M. C. did not do well in school, but still became “famous”.

  • 17. Tyler Gallaty  |  April 30, 2008 at 12:26 am

    I have always been a big fan of M.C Escher’s work. It takes a truely creative mind and abstract thinking to come up with such pictures as “The Impossible Triangle.” And he shows the “what ifs” and impossibles of geometry with his tessellations.

  • 18. Marvin Davis  |  May 7, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    I like them things, idk y i just do. i think cuz da cool designs and things the pictures do. I don’t kno understand how somebody came up wit somethin like dat, but i think dat there reallly cool. some of them hurt my eyes though.

  • 19. Preston "Mozy" Mozingo  |  May 7, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    I like M C Escher’s, but it has to be something appealing or crazy to really grab my attention. I love the lizard picture because I love reptiles. One of his famous quotes was, “I don’t use drugs, my dreams are frightening enough.” Which I thought was kind of creepy.

  • 20. Mariah Gorman  |  May 15, 2008 at 7:38 am

    MC Escher was very artistic, as well as very intelligent for being able to use math for his artwork. He had to figure the perimeter of a shape, and how it relates to itself when fit together.
    I definitely want to visit the MC Escher exhibit at the FIA. I believe it runs through June 15?
    Random fact: Escher’s ‘Relativity’ is eerily similar to the staircase scene in The Labyrinth : )

  • 21. haley  |  May 15, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    MC Escher is one very interseting man. When i googled him i found some quotes of his and my favorite one was, “I don’t use drugs, my dreams are frightening enough.” That could make escher a little off beat, or maybe extrordinary. He can pull such amazing artwork from his dreams, it makes me want to have some crazy dreams so i could turn it into such awe inspiring works of art =] My favorite is also the Lizzards. I think there is just something so mesmerizing and catchy about it, i just like to look at it and try to outline all the individule lizzards in my head. =]


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