Escher Lizard

M.C. Escher’s art continues to amaze people all over the world. His many nature-themed tessellations are both lovely and brilliant.I found the repeating pattern in Escher’s Lizard Tessellation, and thought it would be fun as a classroom project. Just print copies of the single downloadable page trim, color, and assemble in groups of four as shown. … Read More

Bird Tessellation

A tessellation is created when a shape is repeated over and over again covering a plane without any gaps or overlaps. I learned the hard way how easily triangles can get flopped and rotated, so I came up with a numbering process that eliminates the problem. 1. Give each student a 3″ (or larger) square of … Read More

Fish Tessellation

A tessellation is a collection of shapes that fill a paper with no overlaps and no gaps. I like the math and artistic skills they require, and am happy to say that this design is my very own. 1. Start with a card stock square, at least 3″ wide. Label the four corners. Measure and mark … Read More