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Tesselation with Years 7 and 9

April 5, 2018

M. C. Escher was a 19th century artist who is famous for his exploration of the connections between art and mathematics. While his work explores many aspects of modern mathematics, he is most well known for his work on tessellation. A tessellation is made by using a single repeated shape to cover the entire plane with no gaps or overlaps, think of bricks stacked together to create a wall, or floor tiles in a kitchen. Only 3 regular shapes can create a tessellation, the triangle, the square, and the hexagon, but other more interesting shapes can be made to tessellate. If part of a shape is cut out from one part of the tile and glued on to the other side it will still tessellate, which allows very interesting patterns to be created. Students from Mr. Mark’s year 7 and year 9 classes worked to create their own Escher tessellations. The results turned out to be some interesting works of art.

Text by Mr. Mark Huskins

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