M. C. Escher is a popular artist in my classroom. We've done many projects that have been influenced by his art.
This project is based on a repeated module.
Students began with a triangle and drew half an image on each even side. Once the module was repeatedly traced, the full image appeared. When they were happy with their design, they darkened all lines to make it easier to trace.
They had a choice of working with a square or rectangular format. If I were to do it again, a triangle would also be a choice.
Tracing began in a corner and the module was continually flipped to fit. The tracing was the most time consuming of the project. Students used either overhead projectors or windows as light sources.
Once the tracing was completed, students chose a limited colour palette. Then they coloured each of the three images with a different combination.
This project took awhile to complete, but the results were worth it.
If you draw a line down the middle of each fish, you will be able to see the original module (triangle).
This project could be used to discuss shape, form, pattern, movement, and positive and negative space.
These art projects were completed using pencil crayons or markers and by students in grades 7 and 8.