Exploring Escher – Mathematics Printmaking Workshop
This resource provides materials to run a workshop about Escher’s printmaking, exploring the artist, his process and the mathematics underlying his work. There is a practical art element which involves participants designing and printing their own piece of work.
This resource aims to show participants a creative side to mathematics. Knowledge of symmetry (rotational and reflectional) is assumed but also explained within the resource. The workshop is aimed at general public level – it is suitable for anyone with a basic understanding of geometry and symmetry.
The workshops satisfy the following the MTH 3-19a and MTH 4-19a benchmarks from the Mathematics curriculum as well as the EXA 4-02a and EXA 4-06a benchmarks from the Expressive Arts curriculum.
Additional learning outcomes include:
- To learn about the life and work of M.C. Escher
- To understand how mathematics influenced Escher’s work
- To learn about symmetries and wallpaper patterns
- To be able to identify the wallpaper group of a tessellation design
- To learn how to make lino prints
In this resource:
- Workshop plan
- Part 1: Presentation
- Part 2: Designing a tessellating pattern
- Part 3: Printmaking
- Part 4: The mathematics behind your work
- Presentation slides
- Part 1: Who was Escher?
- Part 2: Regular divisions of the plane
- Part 3: Escher and mathematics
- Presentation guide
- Presentation content
This resource is available under a CC BY-SA 4.0 license and has been made available on TES Connect which hosts a range of lesson materials for early years, primary, secondary, and special needs teaching.
These works created by Mairi Walker, Ana McKellar, Lukas Cerny and Benedetta Mussati, with the Maths Outreach Team at The University of Edinburgh, are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA) Licence.
Cover image is a photograph from the original workshop courtesy of the School of Mathematics.