M.C. Escher, a Visionary Artist
Maurtis Cornelis Escher was born on June 17, 1898 in the Netherlands. As a child he enjoyed drawing, but he struggled very much in school. In college he studied architecture but later switched to decorative arts. Throughout his life he lived in Italy, Spain, Belgium, and the Netherlands. He was influenced by the Italian artist Giovanni Battista Piranesi. Escher's first picture of an impossible reality was "Still Life and Street" in 1937. When Escher was in his 70's he moved into a retirerment home for artists called the Rosa Spier Huis. M.C. Escher died in that home at age 73 on March 27, 1972.
This is a pattern of winged horses and there are no spaces in between the pattern.
Shells and Starfish
This is a pattern of shells and starfish.
Smaller and Smaller
This is a repeating pattern of reptiles that gets smaller and smaller.
Tranformations of Tesselation
Some different transformations for tesslations include a translation, a rotation, a reflection, and a glide reflection. A translation is to move the shape up, down, left, right, etc. A rotation is to turn the shape over the center of rotation. A reflection is when you "flip" a shape over the line of symmetry. A glide reflection is when you first reflect the shape and then move it. Those are some of the ways to transform a tesslation.