BROOKFIELD, Conn. — Children learned to combine math concepts with geometric artwork in a recent program at the Brookfield Library.
The creations — called tessellations — are inspired by the work of artist M.C. Escher, who used math to create his mind-bending works of art.
It may sound complicated, but kids in grades 3 to 5 embraced the challenge and created tessellations of their own in the after-school program.
A uses one or more geometric shapes, called tiles, with no overlaps and no gaps and with a repeating pattern.
Historically, tessellations were used in Ancient Rome and in Islamic art such as in the decorative tiling of the Alhambra Palace. In the 20th century, the work of M. C. Escher often made use of tessellations, both in ordinary Euclidean geometry and in hyperbolic geometry, for artistic effect.
Tessellations are often used for decorative effect in quilting. Tessellations form a class of patterns in nature, for example, in the arrays of hexagonal cells found in honeycombs.
The Brookfield Library is located at 182 Whisconier Road. For more information this and other programs, call 203-775-6241 or visit its website.
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