Tessellations with M.C. Escher

Tessellations are the focus of a lesson plan that directs enthusiastic artists to discover the popular artwork from Dutch artist, M.C. Escher. After learning about Escher, pupils create their own tessellation art piece of which shapes fit into one another like a puzzle.     

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Instructional Ideas

  • Encourage scholars to research M.C. Escher's life and accomplishments as well as his home country, Holland
  • Create a rubric for grading and pupil reference throughout the lesson
  • Display finished products and conduct a gallery walk for peers to view the different interpretations of tessellations
Classroom Considerations

  • Schedule time in the computer lab, library, or on mobile learning devices to access supplemental information 
  • Art supplies are required 
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  • A brief history of M.C. Escher and his work is provided
  • The lesson plan is brief, and easy to read and follow 

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