fishBorn on June 17, 1898, this Dutch artist is one that both mathematicians and artist love. Escher was a graphic artist (art including printmaking, web design and advertising.) He was know for his woodcuts and lithographs; which are two ways of making prints. In a woodcut, the artist carves the design he wants from a block of wood, the applies ink to it and stamps the design onto paper. To make a lithograph, the artist uses chemicals and water toHands create an image on a metal plate which is used to stamp the design onto a piece of paper. The final product for both methods is called a print.

Escher created prints of “impossible reality.” Which are pictures that look very realistic, but could not actually happen in the real world. They are visual tricks that make a picture appear to be and endless loop or Moonsto both be coming and going. Many of these use mathematical principles. Escher was also a master at creating tessellations; which are tiled pictures of objects that fit perfectly together (without any spaces or overlaps.) Try one of these projects to celebrate M.C Eschers work:

Create a Crayon Etching

Try out Tessellations