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Use your math skills to create designs like M.C. Escher! A tessellation is a shape that, when drawn, makes even the negative space positively amazing!
Dutch artist M.C. Escher experimented with a lot of different tricks in his art. He challenges you to figure out what is the real subject and what is the background. Take a look at his work!
Escher created art with a mathematical shape called a tessellation. To create your own template for a tessellation, cut a 2 1/2-inch (6.4 cm) square of oaktag with Crayola® Scissors.
Begin at the top of the square to draw a simple curved line (no curlicues) with a Crayola Erasable Colored Pencil. Start and end your line at the top without touching any other sides of the square. Cut along this line.
Place the top straight edge of the cut-out piece along the bottom straight edge of the original square. Tape the two pieces together.
Turn the entire piece one-quarter turn. Inside the original square, draw another curvy line from what is now the top, back around to the top again. Cut out the new section. Tape it to the new bottom edge to make your template. What shapes do you see when you look at your template?
Place the template anywhere on your Crayola Color Explosion paper. Trace around the edges carefully with the Color Explosion color-reveal marker. When the line is completely dry, slide the template until it lines up with the right edge of the first shape and trace again. Repeat until your designs fill the paper. Parts of the template should go off all four edges!
Decide what details you need to draw inside your shape so people can understand what your object is. Draw these shapes the same in all of your tessellated shapes.
Challenge your classmates to find the background of your picture--there is none! Compare your designs to Escher’s. How are they similar? Different?
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