Impossible Worlds

Tessellations are arrangements of shapes in repeating patterns with no gaps or overlaps. Artists and architects all over the world have used tessellations to create astounding works. Among the most famous is the graphic artist M.C. Escher, whose intricate designs never fail to amaze. This seminar incorporates elements of geometry, art, and history. Students learn the basic methods of tessellating: translating, rotating, and reflecting. Then the creativity begins as students draw and build Escher-like structures.

Faculty: Janice Schmitt - Math 6

Dates Offered

March 8, 2019
March 22, 2019

Explore More

Interested in exploring this topic more deeply?

  • Go to:  Click on the official M.C. Escher website and learn more about the artist and his works.

  • At home: Build some more! Boxes of legos are available for sign-out in the Middle School Media Center. Find your inspiration here or imagine something all your own.

  • Day trip: The Fine Arts Center at Colorado College has a permanent exhibit of M.C. Escher’s work and is just an hour away in Colorado Springs. Admission is free for students.

Why Escher?

This STEAM seminar provides students with hands-on experience applying principles of geometry and mathematics to artistic expression. Through this process of observation and creation, students build skills in critical thinking, collaboration, and innovation.