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Escher Web Sketch


Escher Web Sketch

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Drawing program which transforms into symmetrical repeating patterns.
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Material Type: Simulation
Date Added to MERLOT: June 12, 1997
Date Modified in MERLOT: September 20, 2013
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Language: English
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Avatar for Sally Benyola
12 years ago

Sally Benyola (Student)

I spent approximately 30 min. exploring this creatively interactive site on
Escher the artist. What a fansastic way to show the relationship between math,
geometry, and art! The areas of crystalography and tellelation communicated
this concept. The links allowed the user to learn more about his life and his

Technical Remarks:

Overall this site was user friendly, however at times some of the tools were
difficult to control. It was highly interactive and very creative. This aspect
allows the user to not only observe but to learn with hands-on interaction!

Avatar for Fernando Brasil
13 years ago

Fernando Brasil (Student)

I spent about 35 minutes on this website. I love art so I naturaly gravitated
toward this site. Escher is an artist that I am not too familiar with. This
site helped me understand him better. I feel taht this site stresses creativity.
Who ever thought math could get so "artsy". The site was very interactive
allowing the user to create desighns. You start with a quad shape and manipulate
it by adding balls, triangles and lines.This site helps a student get in touch
with his or her creative side. A child can learn that math can also be art.

Technical Remarks:

The applet had some fun but limited interaction. While making designs I found
it difficult to control some tools. This applet is not photoshop, but then
again its not supposed to be.
Used in course

Avatar for Christian Sivertstol
14 years ago

Christian Sivertstol (Student)

I spent a little over an hour on this site (mostly exploring the web sketch) and
found it to be somewhat interesting. I have read a lot about Escher so my
standards might be a little higher than others. This site was very interesting
however, it seemed to focus on the web sketch a little more than I expected. The
quality of material was quite good, as well as the links to other Escher
related sites. I think speaking about Escher?s work could make a very good
lesson in many different math classes. It was a little confusing at times but in
the end I found it relatively easy to use.

Technical Remarks:

A fascinating site if you want to know a little more about Escher.
Used in course

Avatar for   Mollinedo
14 years ago

Mollinedo (Student)

1. I spent about 20 minutes looking over the main page, and then I just skimmed
the sub pages for additional information. I spent about 10 more minutes trying
the tesselation activity on the main page.
2. This page shows excellent examples of Escher mathematics such as
crystalography and tesselation. I think these concepts are eduactionally
significant because it shows specific examples of important ideas in geometry.
It shows the the actual "form" of geomerty rather than just the numbers that you
mostly are taught in school.
3. I think that this site has a lot of good ways to enhance the teaching of
geometry in the classroom. Such as the tesselation interactive game. It shows
much more clearly how to do a tesselation that what a book could show you. here
your actually learning and applying it at the same time.
4. I found it rather confusing to use the tools in the simmutalor game. I pretty
much got the idea of what they were trying to teach, but it was so confusing to
use I gave up after a while. I think the game would be much more effective if
the instructions for use were more clear.

Avatar for Reade Triolo
14 years ago

Reade Triolo (Student)

I spent a great deal of time here, probably over 45 minutes. There is a lot of
information to absorb. The Java application used to draw repeating patterns was
conceptually well done however i did have some technical difficulties(read
below). I think the explanations on the site adequately explained the details
of the application and what was happening when you used it. The site included
linked resources as well which were informative. I think that this site
contains information that would be very valuable to furthering a students
introductory understanding into both Escher and crystallography. I believe that
the materials were very easy to use however the server was down at the time of
my evaluation and therefore I wasnt able to see the final products i designed.

Technical Remarks:

Server was down when I submitted my choices for repeating designs. The authors
favorite designs page was not functioning properly OR i just didnt understand
how to view the images; i only say text and a blank page.

Avatar for Monica Berger
14 years ago

Monica Berger (Student)

This is a terrific web page! It is almost entirely about M.C. Escher. There is
so much information! I spent a lot of time here. There are a quite a few
links that tell you all about his life and they exhibit several of his
fascinating works. They even have a personal letter of his displayed, that you
can read. (He sent it to his son after he became a knight.) They also have a
virtual section where you can make your own repeating patterns similar to
Escher?s works. (You make them by using dots, etc.) They explain how to use
it, but it is rather strait forward. This page is a lot of fun and has a lot of
history as well!

Technical Remarks:

This is a great site about M.C. Escher! Many links to other sites that tell his
whole life story and display his incredible works. A great virtual section
too. It allows you to make your own patters using dots, etc. This is
intriguing stuff! Check this one out if you need info on patterns, on M.C.
Escher, or you are just browsing for fun!