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Metamorphosis Art

February 2, 2021 | Clara Buckley

While home learning, students in Courageous had the opportunity to explore tessellations in a new, engaging way. 

Before Christmas, students designed and made their own tessellations shapes that fit together in a repeating pattern with no gaps or overlaps! Student learned of the art of M.C. Escher and his love of tessellations inspired by Islamic art in southern Spain. One of Escher’s most famous pieces is named Metamorphosis II – a word we’d heard before in science.

During a Zoom art class, students explored an online program that helps you create your own metamorphosis tessellation. This technology allowed students to take risks in their designs, creating more complicated shapes than they could have cut from paper. Students experimented with the many design options available, knowing the undo button was only a click away.

We couldn’t keep our delight to ourselves! Students eagerly asked to show their classmates the results and we celebrated together. We recognized beauty in the different shapes and colors chosen or created by the students and manipulated by the computer. Students proudly saved their work and several printed the art at home or school. An inspiring and joyful conclusion to our tessellation project.

Clara Buckley

Teacher, Rivers Class; Middle School Art

Clara Buckley’s teaching spans the ages of Mustard Seed School, from the youngest students in the preschool to students in the graduating class. She’s found many similarities between teaching three-year-olds and thirteen-year-olds!

As an art teacher who never enjoyed drawing, Ms Buckley’s hope is that each child she teaches discovers a way to create art that they enjoy, whether it be sculpture, printing, textiles, architectural drawing, or collage.

Ms. Buckley loves living in Jersey City, a place whose diversity and welcome for immigrants reflects her own family experience. When planning future travel destinations, art, food, and time with family are featured items on her list.

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