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tessellations

introduction
 
bird tessellation

Learning:

  • integrate math and art
  • grid concept
  • positive/negative shapes
  • problem solving skills
  • abstract thinking
  • critical thinking
  • intuitive sense
  • spacial rotation skills
  • eye-hand coordination
  • spacial relations

GALLERY

tessellations bears
tessellations elves
tessellations ducks
bird tessellation

STEPS

what are tessellations?

assignment details

basic shapes

Create a pattern design based on a tessellation.


Start with creating a tessellation shape using the "translation pattern" (see the steps below). Your tessellation should be a recognizable (not abstract) object - animals, birds, insects, fish, etc.

Pick a starting shape - square or hexagon.

worksheet bird tessellation

Use your handout to plan and practice your tessellation.

Cut the base shape out of your handout.

worksheet fish tessellation

Draw and cut out details.

Use masking tape to attach the pieces.

grid

You are going to work on a 12"x12" paper.

First - create an 1.5" border

Then draw a grid - as it shows in your handout.

Trace your tessellation onto a drawing paper.

fish tessellation

Draw the details inside each tessellation,


Use Prismacolor pencils to complete the tessellations:

  • Each shape should be different inside - use different color schemes, designs, details, etc.
  • Apply the coloring technique that would incorporate different shades of a color, color gradations, blending the colors.
  • Color with short strokes!!!

Grading:

  • Project is finished
  • Complexity of the tessellation shape
  • Shape is recognizable
  • Details inside each tessellation
  • Creativity and originality of the tessellation
  • Coloring technique:
    • blending colors
    • small strokes
    • paper is not seen through shading
    • variety of colors
    • tessellation looks 3-D, not flat

TRANSLATION TESSELLATIONS

face tessellation

There are few patterns that you can follow to construct a tessellation.

The basic one is "translation" pattern - where you attach the cut out pieces to an opposite side of your shape:

face tessellation

face tessellation

After you sketched the shape - cut out the pieces.

Do not ever throw away any cutouts! They should be attached to the opposite sides.

face tessellation

Slide down the top piece and tape it to the bottom side of the square.

Slide the left cutout to the right side of the square and tape it.

face tessellation

Trace your tessellation onto a drawing paper.

face tessellation

Outline the contour of the tessellation s with a thin marker.

face

Add details!

bird tessellation

This is an example of a "translation" tessellation pattern,

The bird shape was based on a square.

fish tessellation

This tessellation was based on a hexagon.

dragon tessellation

Another example of a square-based tessellation

dragon tessellation

ROTATION TESSELLATION

bird tessellation

This is an example of a more complex tessellation pattern - "rotation" template.

bird tessellation

Instead of sliding a cutout to an opposite side - you rotate it.

bird tessellation

Ask me for more details if you choose this pattern for your artwork.

bird tessellation

Trace your tessellation onto a board.

bird tessellation
bird tessellation

Add details to each tessellation.

bird tessellation
rhino tessellation

Try to think of your own tessellation.

Copying someone else's is not as much fun!

rhino tessellation
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