AUTOPLAY

What you’ll need

1 pair

Scissors

1

Tape (scotch Or Other Brand)

Several

Card stock Paper Or Notecards

1

A Pencil

1

Ruler - Optional

Several colors

Optional: Colored Pencils Or Markers

Tessellations are shapes that can repeat over and over, fitting together to make patterns.

1. 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.

2. Some date back to ancient times, like this Roman mosaic.

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They can be found in nature, like this honeycomb.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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”.

7. 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.￼

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. Draw a squiggly line between the top and bottom.

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Now draw a different line between the left and right sides.

13. Now draw a different line between the left and right sides.

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Cut along your lines.

14. Cut along your lines.

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Now rearrange them so it spells “TRAP”. Carefully tape them together.

15. 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.

16. 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.

17. 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.

18. 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.

19. 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.

20. 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.

21. 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.

22. 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.

23. 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.

24. 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.

25. 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!

26. 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.

27. 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.

28. Good luck with your Tessellations! All images that were not my own were from Wikemedia Commons.

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