Connecting Mathematics and the Arts through the Magic of Escher for Elementary School Students

Marilyn Sue Ford and Sarae Gold
Bridges Leeuwarden: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2008)
Pages 347–352


According to Discipline Based Art Education, the teaching of Art as an academic subject should focus on the content of Art Production, Art History, Art Criticism and Art Aesthetics. Likewise, according to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the teaching of Mathematics should integrate both content and process standards. Escher’s art can be a motivating catalyst for blending the study of visual arts with mathematics in the elementary classroom, especially in relation to tessellating patterns through the use of transformational geometry.