Summer Schools: Maths and art: Escher tessellations (age 7–9)

10.30am to 12.45pm, Thursday 26 July

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  • Credit: Tim Mitchell
  • Type

    Summer Schools
  • Audience

    Age 7–9

  • Speakers

    • Charlotte Webb


Standard £30

Ri Young Members £25.50

Event description

Mathematics and art have a long historical relationship, from Leonardo da Vinci's use of the golden ratio in his sculptures and painting, to the use of symmetries in Islamic art.

In this session students will learn about the graphical artist MCEscher and his work with optical illusions and tessellations.

Students will learn about regular and semi-regular tessellations and will work together to answer the big question: which regular polygons will tessellate.

About the speaker

Charlotte Webb works for the Open University as a Lecturer in Mathematics Education and is also a mathematical problem solving tutor at the University of Bedfordshire. She has previously worked as a secondary mathematics teacher in Bristol, Oxford and Madrid.

Charlotte loves mathematics and art, particularly mathematical architecture such as the Alhambra in Granada. Outside of work, she has a pet dachshund called Ronnie, and has travelled around Europe, America, Asia and Australasia.

Please note

This workshop is strictly for 7–9 year-olds. There will be a short break during the workshop and a drink and a small snack will be provided. Students should bring their own snack if they have any allergies

The Mathematics Summer School workshops are based on Ri Mathematics Masterclasses. Students who have attended a Masterclass series which included a session on a similar topic may have already seen some of the content in this workshop. Please contact us on with any questions.

Refunds can only be issued for tickets cancelled at least two weeks (14 calendar days) in advance of the event date. Please note that this supersedes our normal event terms and conditions.

Financial assistance

The Potential Trust may be able to offer financial assistance to enable children to participate in Ri events and activities if this would otherwise be difficult. Please contact Anna Comino-James preferably via telephone on +44 (0)1844 351666, or at their email address

Ri Young Members receive 15% off workshops

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