Tessellation based patterns are fun, making a kind of math – art puzzle that your students design themselves. This project will walk your students through the process of designing and creating fabulous tessellated pattern artworks. All you need are pencils, rulers, scissors, transparent tape, and construction paper.
Download has Teacher Instructions and two ready-to-print pages of handouts with complete explanatory diagrams. This was designed to be an easy, accessible introduction to Tessellations and Translations (the mathematical functions of Rotate, Slide, Reverse and Mirror, - Scale is not addressed in this project – are Key Concepts in both Math and Computer Graphic Design), and can incorporate a significant level of math into the art classroom, or can be taught intuitively with no actual math beyond measurements.
A small exploration of the work of M. C. Escher dovetails nicely with this unit.
Minnesota State Educational Standards Addressed:
22.214.171.124.1 Create original two- and-three-dimensional artworks in a variety of artistic contexts.
126.96.36.199.2 Revise artworks based on the feedback of others and self-reflection and artistic intent.
188.8.131.52.1 Demonstrate the characteristics of the tools, materials and techniques of various two-and-three-dimensional media for intentional effects in original artworks.
184.108.40.206.1 Create a single, complex artwork or multiple artworks to express ideas.
Math Across the Curriculum