In the Escher's World studio, students looked at works by Paul Klee, Sol LeWitt, Wassily Kandinsky, Pablo Picasso, David Hockney, Piet Mondrian and other prominent artists. (See the bibliography for a complete list of masterworks.) 

Students also looked at quilts and textile patters from around the world. These works provided inspiration for the students in their design projects as well as visual examples of the design concepts being introduced. (Click here for examples of masterworks and the projects they inspired.)


Masterworks were also used as a springboard for discussions of aesthetic and mathematical concepts. The design below was the focus of a long discussion about the concept of "balance."