Escher Animal Tessellation

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. • … Read More

Draw a Dreaming Story

Give your tessellation project a language arts twist by adding a story to your work. 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 • Crayons or colored pencils   DIRECTIONS 1. Students follow the … 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 • Charcoal or soft drawing pencil DIRECTIONS 1. Students may draw the football eye shape, … 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 mural or a super large one, it’s all up to you. MATERIALS Download Escher … Read More

Bird Tessellation

One of my favorite tessellation ideas is the bird with interlocking head and tail.  Working with tessellation patterns over the years, 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. MATERIALS • Drawing paper • Card stock or chipboard square, 3″ • Masking tape • Black marker • Crayons   DIRECTIONS 1. Give each student a 3″ (or … 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 need to SLIDE their cut out shapes around, and not flip any over before … Read More

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