M.C. Escher’s Brithday

Maurits Cornelis Escher was a Dutch graphic artist known for his mathematically inspired drawings, woodcuts, lithographs, and mezzotints. His works often featured “impossible structures,” explorations of infinity, and tessellations. He also designed tapestries, postage stamps and murals.

M.C. Escher was born on June 17, 1898, the youngest son of a civil engineer. Although his family hoped he would become an architect, Escher decided to focus on graphic design while attending The School for Architecture and Decorative Arts. Escher never did well in arithmetic or algebra, but his studies of tessellations, patterns, symmetry, and perspective were done with careful attention to detail.

http://www.mcescher.com – On this website you can find information about M.C. Escher’s work, a short biography, news, bibliography, links and some fun stuff like a Virtual Ride through some of his works.

View a gallery of M.C. Escher’s art: http://www.mcescher.com/Gallery/gallery.htm

M.C. Escher Tour – Provides a tour and an overview of 24 artworks at the National Gallery of Art.

Math and the Art of M.C. Escher – This textbook Wiki is intended to support a mathematics course with topics taken from the mathematics implied by Escher’s artwork. Includes explorations and exercises in geometry, symmetry, patterns, tessellations, fractals, etc.

The Art of M.C. Escher in the Classroom (PDF) – A 32-page teacher’s guide with a collection of mathematical and artistic activities for K-12 classrooms from the Akron Art Museum.

The Mathematical Art of M.C. Escher – A Mini-Text describing Escher’s tessellations, polyhedra, the shape of space, and the logic of space.

Tessellations – A site all about Escher-style tessellations with do-it-yourself lessons for kids and beginners.

Need a project to keep your kids busy this summer? How about trying to replicate an M.C. Escher drawing out of LEGO bricks! Paul Vermeesch created an elaborate LEGO diorama featuring Star Wars characters in a 3D version of M.C. Escher’s famous “Relativity” print. Or you could try something like M.C. Escher’s “Sky and Water” as seen in the Miniland Art Gallery at Legoland California:

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