An Invitation from the National Gallery of Canada
"What is this so-called reality; what is this theory but a beautiful though totally human fantasy?" (M.C. Escher, 1898-1972)
In conjunction with the exhibition M.C. Escher: Landscapes to Mindscapes, the National Gallery is launching an interactive. on-line forum. For the duration of the exhibition, from December 1, 1995 to March 17, 1996, teachers are invited to participate in an open discussion on the works of M.C. Escher. The goal of this forum is to foster creative thinking and communication by teachers about the artist's work and also about possible classroom activities and resulting projects.
Escher's name is more often mentioned in introductory mathematics and psychology texts than in general art histories. Mathematics and geometry teachers sometimes use his prints to demonstrate to their students how science can be a source of poetry and beauty. Psychology textbooks use them as proof of the structured nature of our perceptions. In Escher's work, three traditionally unrelated disciplines intersect. Escher's wide interests in such subjects as visual arts, mathematics and music could serve as the basis for exploring ways in which these fields could be better integrated.
We invite you to include your classes in this ongoing discussion. A free teacher's introduction has been prepared and will be sent to participating classes (while quantities last). This could also encourage you to access the visual introduction to the Escher exhibition on the upcoming National Gallery of Canada Web site. Forum highlights will be incorporated into a visual introduction in this soon-to-be launched site.
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