M.C. Escher’s Metamorphosis II
As a gifted kid, M.C. Escher fascinated me. Without a doubt, he continues to fascinate the gifted kids I work with. Here are some links to inspire a study of Escher in your classroom.
Escher & LEGO
There’s something about the combination of Escher and LEGO that gets the creative juices flowing. Here’s a sampling of what’s out there:
- Several Escher works reproduced in LEGO from. This one features Waterfall
- Several more LEGO reproductions, this time from Henry Lim.
- A space LEGO version of Relativity
- A medieval LEGO version of Ascending and Descending
- A LEGO take on the tessellation Sky and Water
Tessellating figures is a math standard for my grade level, so I always take the opportunity to create some Escher-inspired tessellation art.
- An easy method to develop tessellations. I’ve used it many times with students, and even made one myself when I was ten.
- Building on the previous, a PDF with more advanced options for tessellating
- Finally, create tessellations that evolve across the page by using tile morphing. Now your kids can create the next Metamorphosis II!
The Math Of Escher
For the serious Escher fan, two PDFs from the American Math Society about the math behind his work:
- “The Mathematical Side of M. C. Escher” by Doris Schattschneider
- “The Mathematical Structure of Escher’s Print Gallery” by B. de Smit and H. W. Lenstra Jr.
- And, building on the last, further analysis into Escher’s fascinating Print Gallery.
Finally, what if childhood Escher’s drawings were graded by a stereotypical teacher?