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Tantalizing Tessellations! : Grade 7-8


After exploring the complex visual worlds of M.C. Escher, students will learn how to create their own tessellations - a series of interlocking flat shapes that are often different figures or geometric forms - and apply them in a two-dimensional image.


The students will further their understanding of the principles of design, in particular balance, rhythm, unity and proportion and discover how the repetition of these elements can be effectively used to create a rich and complex symmetrical design.


The students will produce a two dimensional work, using a variety of design principles and strategies including repetition, rhythm, balance and symmetry.


The students will analyze a variety of design strategies in their own work and the work of other artists.

Cross Curriculum Links:

This lesson plan also explores the subject areas of mathematics, English language.


2-3 40-minute periods