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.

### Tessellation Math Projects

Tessellating figures is a math standard for my grade level, so I always take the opportunity to create some Escher-inspired tessellation math projects. I wrote these projects here and made a video here!

### 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*

### 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 Escherโs*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?