Art Lesson: Tessellations

Art Lesson: Tessellations

Can be used for 3rd – 10th students.

Includes: PDF, 37 pages


Included in this package are several tessellation activities and resources…

1. Tessellation PowerPoint: An introduction to what tessellations are, a brief history, M.C. Escher (with a link to a interview he did), his influences, his artwork, and the three main types of transformations used in making tessellations – translation, rotation, and reflections. This PowerPoint includes animated slides, which make it easier for students to visualize the shape’s movements.

2. Color Your Own Worksheets: Grid-filled pages that students can demonstrate how to draw translation, rotation, and reflection tessellations on.

3. Practicing Transformations Worksheet: Worksheet asks students to reflect specific shapes over horizontal and vertical axes, translate shapes, and rotate shapes.

4. Step-by-Step Direction Sheets: Three step-by-step instruction sheets with visuals showing how to create stencils for all three transformations. These instructions work well with the accompanying videos, which will show you how to create them step-by step.

5. Practice Tessellation Sheet: This page includes the base stencil for all three transformations shown in the videos and step-by-step sheets.

6. Transformation Videos: 3 videos demonstrating how to create a reflection tessellation, translation tessellation, and rotation tessellation (including how to do a graphite transfer or light table/window transfer for complex details).

Use PowerPoint to help students create a translation. This is the easiest. If you are looking to push yourself, rotation and reflection tessellations may be more challenging.

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This resource is fantastic and allows kids to practice the skills before moving on to the real deal. My children loved PowerPoint. Escher’s work is simply incredible. They loved it. We appreciate your great work.

The instructions are easy to follow, and the students find it very interesting. Students enjoyed exploring patterns and tessellations.


Verify experimentally the properties of rotations, reflections, and translations:


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