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









symmetry art by a 9th grade child

NATURE by Monica

Here's a panoramic scene from nature. It's symmetry art with a wold and a bird in the foreground, and water and mountains in the background.

This is not the ideal example of an Escher-style tessellation, though. Can you see why? It's the background--those beautiful mountains and water. Where does a landscape end? It doesn't. The size is undefined,so we can't use it as a foreground shape in an Escher-style tessellation. It's a kind of gap. Tessellations should be made of shapes that repeat to fill a space without gaps or overlaps.

Now, here's something tricky to explain: If it were not a picture of animals and mountains, and we just looked at those shapes as just blank abstract shapes, then this would be a fine example of abstract-style tessellation. Why? Because we wouldn't interpret those "water" and "mountain" areas as background. Instead, we'd think of them as part of the repeating solid abstract shape.