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 just to help students appreciate how complex Escher’s tessellations are. You could color them to match, or not. Either way, once you put them together, you can’t miss how those fish, lizards and birds fit together.
• 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.