Workshop: Escher in the Classroom

Course ID - CTD0495      


Audience:       Faculty
Length of Workshop:        2 hours 
Prerequisite     none

The mesmerizing works of M.C. Escher never fail to engage and intrigue the viewer, but how many of us have paused to consider the mathematical principles behind his famous artwork? In this workshop, Jill Britton of Camosun College will explore the mathematical basis of Escher's tessellations and reveal how she uses Escher's art to stimulate students' interest and draw them into the study of mathematics. Participants will design a tessellating template, turn it into a rubber stamp, and then execute a two-color print. In the words of Escher's son George, the activity will "mirror what father did". Jill will also share a myriad of on-line recreational mathematics resources for use in the mathematics classroom (accessible via her web site

* Approved CT&D Workshop for Faculty Professional Development hours.


As a result of successful completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:  

  • Describe the mathematical basis of some of M.C. Escher's most famous tessellations.
  • Produce a two-color print from a tessellating rubber stamp based on a square modified by translation.
  • List and describe some online resources for mathematics instruction that support the math-art connection.



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Registration information
Course ID: - CTD0495
Course Title: Escher 
Reference # - see table 

How to Register

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