Tessellation Art for Kids

This tessellation art tracing that I made of Escher’s original has not just one or two, but THREE animal shapes that fit together without leaving any space. Incredible. 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. This handout might be good … Read More

Bird Tessellation

One of my favorite tessellation projects for kids is an interlocking bird. I learned the hard way how easily shapes can get flopped, so I came up with the numbering system. For another option, see my Fish Tessellation art project. MATERIALS Drawing paper Card stock or chipboard square, 3″ Masking tape Black marker Crayons   DIRECTIONS Give each student a … Read More

Fish Tessellation

Tessellations for kids have much to teach about art and math, but need clear guide lines to keep students from jumbling up their cut out shapes. My tessellation process shown in my diagram comes from many hours of figuring out how to work with a large group (35 or more) students and have as many as possible understand that they … Read More

Tessellation Story

Give your tessellation art project a language arts twist by adding a story. If you keep the tessellation to a simple shape that creates a quilt, then you have a great set up for writing about sleep and dreams. MATERIALS • Draw a Dreaming Story Tutorial • Drawing paper, 12″ x 18″ • Chip board • Scissors • Black marker … Read More

M.C. Escher Eye Drawing

M.C. Escher was one of the world’s most famous graphic artists. He created many visual riddles, and an amazingly detailed piece titled “Eye” that offers lots of detail. Students may use either soft drawing pencils or black charcoal pencils. Whichever media, they need to be able to sharpen their tools to make fine detailed lines. MATERIALS • Drawing paper • … Read More

Escher Lizard Template

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. Make a small … Read More

Art Projects for Kids