Fifth-graders in Christina Newton’s art class at Bennington Elementary studied the work of Dutch-born graphic artist Maurits Cornelis “M.C.” Escher.
His frequent use of tessellations inspired the students to create their own.
“Tessellations are designs that fit together in patterns just like a simple puzzle. The design should fill a flat surface, without overlapping or having holes,” Newton said. “Floor tiles and brick walls are wonderful examples of a common tessellation we can find around town or at home.”
Students used colored pencils for this art project.
After creating their own tessellated shape, students used their imagination to decide what the shape could be turned into. The young artists then added details, such as eyes, to enhance the image.
This multidiscipline lesson required the review of some geometry terms. Students learned to translate (slide), reflect (flip) and rotate (turn) their images, Newton said.
Students completed a translation, or sliding tessellation, moving pieces along the X and Y axes.
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