Escher style Geometry Art from J. R. Masterman's 9th grade geometry class

fish motif first-time tessellation by a child


Adrienne writes,
" When I began this tessellation project, I first had to decide the way I wanted it to turn out, and this would determine the method I use.

I ended up using a variation on the tracing paper method tessellation art tutorial.

The way I did it uses the same idea, but since I didn't have any wax (tracing) paper, I did it differently. First, thought of the simple design of my fish that would use over and over. (This basic repeating shape is called the "tile".) I sketched an idea out. Then I got an index card, and created a grid to plan it out more technically. Once I did this, I wanted to make the fish a size that would be good for an 8.5" x 11" piece of paper. Once I had a roughly 3" x 3" fish design ("tile"), I cut it out of the index card and began to trace it.

...But I didn't just trace it onto the paper free-handed. I split the paper horizontally and made proportional "axis" lines that lined up exactly with the horizontal I drew through my fish tracer. Then, I traced the fish over and over horizontally until I was done. Once I had the outlines of the fish completed, I began to add the same detail in each fish in pencil, and then I went over all the details in black Sharpie™ pen. Once I completed this, I decided to use shades of greens and blues for my color scheme, varying which fish were which colors at random. I added fins to each fish, then gills to only a few, and outlined in black the eyes of only a select few of the fish. Then, my tessellation was complete!