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NYU Steinhardt EMAT Teaching Residency
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A brief lesson on Tessellations


Art, Math  


9, 8, 7, 10  

Title – Tessellation Lesson
By – Stephanie Slatner
Primary Subject – Art
Secondary Subjects – Math
Grade Level – 7-10
Tessellations based on M.C. Escher
Number of Students: 18
Discipline Area: Art Production and Art History
Concept/Goal: Tessellations are a series of repeating patterns or designs that interlock. The positive and negative space work together to create the images.
Activity: Students will start with a 4″x4″ square piece of poster board. They will use either the rotation or slide transition method to create a template for their tessellations. They will trace onto newsprint to come up with an idea for the image it will create. Then they will trace onto 12″x18″ drawing paper to create a repeating pattern of images. They will paint with watercolors to achieve the final product.
Tools; Special Equipment; Supplies: Sharpie Markers, Watercolors, Pencils, Poster Board, scissors, tape, M.C. Escher Examples.
Tessellation- The act of tessellating; also, the mosaic work so formed.
Pattern-“a visual pattern must include not only objects but the spaces between them”
Closure: We will put up all of the student artwork and have a discussion about successes and failures using art vocabulary.

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