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A Bug's Eye View

Subjects

  • Science
  • Visual Arts

Grade

  • 3-5
  • 6-8
  • 9-12

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Brief Description

Students examine insect drawings created by M. C. Escher and create their own insect drawings.

Objectives

Students will

  • study the drawings of M. C. Escher.
  • learn about the relationship between math and art as they explore patterning, geometry, tessellations, and fractals.

Keywords

Escher, insects, art, math

Materials Needed

Lesson Plan

Encourage students to explore the work of M. C. Escher, either online or in print resources. If possible, allow them to examine

The Insects of M.C. Escher

Point out to students that Escher's imagery often included asymmetrical natural forms and that he believed insects are best recognized from above.

Invite students to create a picture of an insect that incorporates some of the techniques used by Escher, such as repeated patterns, geometry, tessellations, asymmetry, and so on.

Assessment

Students will be evaluated on their ability to incorporate the most important features of the insects into their artwork.

Lesson Plan Source

Education World

Submitted By

Linda Starr

National Standards

Science:
NS.K-4.3
NS.5-8.3
NS.9-12.3

Visual Arts:
NA-VA.K-4.2
NA-VA.K-4.3
NA-VA.5-8.2
NA-VA.5-8.3
NA-VA.9-12.2
NA-VA.9-12.3

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