M.C. Escher

Art Projects and Curriculum

Student Artwork Showcase




Chalk, Ink, Oil, Water Color





About M.C. Escher (1898-1972)

Maurits Cornelis Escher was a Dutch graphic artist known for his mathematically inspired, impossible constructions and tessellations. Born in 1898, Escher was fascinated by the concept of infinity and used his skills as a printmaker to create works that explored this idea in intricate and imaginative ways. His most famous works include "Relativity," "Ascending and Descending," and "Waterfall," which feature impossible architectural structures and impossible perspectives.

Escher's works are widely recognized for their technical mastery, their creative use of perspective, and their captivating illusions. He remains one of the most famous and beloved artists of the 20th century and his works continue to inspire new generations of artists and mathematicians alike. Today, Escher's works can be found in major museums around the world and continue to be celebrated for their innovative and imaginative quality.

M.C. Escher Art Lesson & Art Activity

The students will create unique shapes and move them around the canvas to create their own tessellations which are stained with dry tempera.  Your students will discover an imaginary figure in their shapes and bring their compositions to life. Be sure to click through the student masterpieces at the top of this page.

Art Elements Taught

Patterns and Tessellations

Art Activity Emphasis

Patterns and Tessellations

Vocabulary Learned

design, detail, overlapping, pattern, realism, tessellation

Student Art Supplies

Powdered paint, colored pencils, cotton
Art Lessons for M.C. Escher

How the Art Program Works:

1. Assembly

Introducing the Masters—Multi-Purpose Room or Classroom (20-45 minutes)

2. Student Worksheets

Learning from the Masters—Classroom (15-30 minutes)

3. Student Art Projects

Working with the Masters—Classroom (50-60 minutes)

Real Reviews from Real Teachers & Parents

See Why Everyone Loves Meet The Masters

Working as a volunteer with the Meet the Masters program at my son’s school this past year has been such a great experience. I believe art programs help children build confidence and instill a sense of wonder and curiosity that helps foster creativity. Meet the Masters is so wonderful because it gives young children a taste of art fundamentals while teaching them about the many styles and techniques of artists from around the world and from different time periods. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing each child in my son’s first grade class create their own unique masterpiece!

Online Elementary Art Curriculum
Kim Aish
Harbour View Elementary School, Huntington Beach, CA

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