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Tessellation Puzzles

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will analyze the optical artwork of M.C. Escher and its relationship with concepts in geometry. They will create a painted foam puzzle that tessellates.

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Lesson Objectives

Students will analyze the optical art of M.C. Escher’s tessellations and record a personal response.

Students will explore and experiment with cut foam puzzles as an artmaking technique.

Students will combine the ideas of puzzles and tessellations to create an innovative artwork.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Introduce the optical art of M.C. Escher’s tessellations.
  • Facilitate a writing activity as students reflect on their initial impressions of the artwork.
  • Explain the artistic process of creating a puzzle and demonstrate how it can be made.
  • Demonstrate how to use geometry concepts to produce a puzzle that tessellates.

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National Standards


Create

Explore and invent art-making techniques and approaches.

VA:Cr2.1.4a

Combine ideas to generate an innovative idea for art-making.

VA:Cr1.1.5a

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

30 minutes

Demonstration Time

40 minutes

Student Studio Time

3 hours and 20 minutes

Supplies and Materials

  • 3" x 3" & 5" x 5" foam
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Paintbrushes & water cup
  • Acrylic paint

National Standards


Create

Explore and invent art-making techniques and approaches.

VA:Cr2.1.4a

Combine ideas to generate an innovative idea for art-making.

VA:Cr1.1.5a

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Steps

Prepare the Paper Template

Measure and cut a 3" x 3" paper square. Label each edge with the numbers 1-4, starting at the top and moving clockwise.

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Instructional Materials

Artist Bio

M.C. Escher

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Comparing Personal Responses

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Reference

Tessellations and Geometry

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Reflection

Before and After: Self Assessment & Reflection

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