|Each fall, 8th grade starts with projects inspired by M.C. Escher. |
These include simple translation tessellations,
mosaic drawings, and hexagon kaleidoscope designs.
Hexagon Kaleidoscopes begin with an equilateral triangle,
double into a rhombus, traced into a small hexagon, then are
copied 3 times for the large hexagon, and are totally awesome!
M.C. Escher created what he called "mosaics" by beginning with a
creature in the middle of the page, then looking around the edge and
"growing" other creatures or objects from there, fitting them like a puzzle.
This is a challenging assignment, getting the students to really
look and use their imaginations, but the results can be fabulous!
I encourage students to shade or blend their colors to give
their tessellations a bit of depth and interest. It is fun to see
Students can finish their mosaics with pencil shading,
multiple colors, or 1 to 3 colors and their values.
Needless to say, "We love M.C. Escher!"