Thursday, 11 September 2014

Art work -- Mauritis Cornelius Escher

Continuing with our Meet the Master Art program this past month we learned about Mauritis Cornelis Escher who was a dutch graphic artist born in the very late 1800's who was known for his famous Tessellations.  He turned to this kind of art work after visiting the famous Alhambra Palace in Spain.  He was captivated by the various designs on the palace floor and walls of the palace.

The kids and I attempted to recreate this style of art work.

First we took a small piece of paper and placed two X's in the upper corners to help remind us the direction of the paper

Then we made unique cuts going straight across and from tool to bottom.

We tape the 4 pieces together to form our Tessellation.

We then used this stencil and traced the stencil and covered the entire paper carefully lining up each line

We then went back over the pencil lines with dark black markers

 colored in the shapes

then each of us looked at our shapes and added black lines to attempt  to make it resemble something

Firedrake added squares and triangles to make each shape look like a bus

MarioFan added circles just because:)

My attempted at this style of art.

Another successful art project completed for us all.  This ends our subscription for Meet the Masters which we have used for the past three years.  I am looking into extending the subscription and working on the additional 20 artists they have available.  We are investigating moving up to the next art level and making the art work more challenging.


  1. 20 more artists! Wow, they have expanded! You guys did a great job with the tessellations. I'm going to have to read more on Escher to see how tessellations turned into the work I think of when I think of him (like stairs going in and out of the same room).

  2. I have really enjoyed following your posts on the art studies. i would love if you continue them. This looked like a fun one and I enjoy each of your individual pieces of art. Thanks for the fun posts of your adventures in learning.
    Blessings and hugs!