Escher style Geometry Art from J. R. Masterman's 9th grade geometry class

fish motif first-time tessellation by a child


How can we describe Emma's Sea Scene? It's beautiful, of course. And it's got symmetry, and good use of color changes and outlines to visually separate each part from its neighboring parts.

But... is it a tessellation? Some parts of it, yes. Others, not so much. The blue and grey rays in the foreground, for example, could clearly be repeated and fit together in columns and rows to make a perfect tessellation without gaps or overlaps. The seashells in the background, though-- their bottoms are hidden from view, meaning that the green leaves in front of them overlap the shells. Also, between the shells are those speckled )( shapes-- what are they? Are they gaps between the shells? Are they )( shaped plants? Are they partly hidden behind the shells? We just don't know.

So, what can we say about Emma's Sea Scene? I'd like to use a quote. It's something my favorite art teacher said to his class, about an art assignment I'd done. It's a compliment I cherish. He said "This isn't quite what I asked for. It doesn't follow the rules of the assignment. ...But, class, if you mess up assignments by going off on a tangent, please do it as well as this. This is good art."