Drawing: Tessellations 1
1 pair
Scissors
Several
Card stock Paper Or Notecards
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Ruler - Optional
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A Pencil
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Tape (scotch Or Other Brand)
Several colors
Optional: Colored Pencils Or Markers
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Tessellations are shapes that can repeat over and over, fitting together to make patterns.
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Some date back to ancient times, like this Roman mosaic.
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They can be found in nature, like this honeycomb.
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The famous artist M. C. Escher was a master at creating Tessellations that looked like animals.
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I’ll start with 3 easy ways to make Tessellations, 2 that start with squares and 1 with a rectangle.
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The shapes need to be tidy. Measure and cut them from a sturdy card stock paper.
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Here I’m making 2 x 2 inch squares. For tips on using a ruler watch “Drawing: Pencil Grid Drawing”.
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Here’s an easy way to make squares using notecards. Start with two notecards.
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Carefully line their edges up in this position and draw a line where they cross.
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Cut along that line. Ta da! A perfect square.
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Method 1: Write the word “PART” in the corners of a square, like this.
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Draw a squiggly line between the top and bottom.
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Now draw a different line between the left and right sides.
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Cut along your lines.
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Now rearrange them so it spells “TRAP”. Carefully tape them together.
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Now trace around your shape, fitting it into itself to fill a page.
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Now for Method 2. Label a square like this.
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Draw a shape on one of your A edges. Cut and tape it to the other A. Now do the same with the B’s.
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Make sure they are paired correctly. It’s easiest if your shapes start and end at the corners.
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On a piece of paper, trace your Tessellation. Fit it to itself in rows just like in Method 1.
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Here’s another example of Method 2 with more complex shapes cut out.
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Method 3. Start with a rectangle that has a line down the middle. Label it like this.
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Draw a line diagonally between your A’s and B’s. It can be squiggly.
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Now cut along the lines and tape together, pairing the letters like this.
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Here I’ve made another one with the same method and traced them both.
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I made this with Method 3 and it looks like an animal! Pick your favorite to add colors and details!
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Here’s how mine turned out! In Tessallations 2 I’ll show three more advanced methods.
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Good luck with your Tessellations! All images that were not my own were from Wikemedia Commons.
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