It took every Adobe rotating and reflecting trick I knew of to recreate this famous Escher animal tessellation, and narrow it down to the just the repeating pattern. Wow, not one or two, but THREE animal shapes that all fit together without leaving any empty space. And to think he went into graphic design because he failed his high school exams. I guess testing has been misreading artists for longer than I thought.
• Print of Escher Hexagon Tessellation, one per student
• Markers or colored pencils
• Masking tape
• Large white butcher paper
1. To make the animal patterns repeat, there must first be a plan for the colors of the animals that everyone repeats. For instance, mine was yellow fish, orange lizards, and purple birds.
2. Students color their tessellation carefully with colored pencils or markers. 3. The hexagons are cut out.
4. All of the hexagons are glued to a large sheet of white butcher paper, as large as needed for the class.