tessellation of sea dragons
  Tessellations from Villa Montessori elementary school, Phoenix, Arizona

tessellation of sea dragons

by Mikah

The theme for this tessellation is sea dragons. dragons, monsters, ghosts, and germs are excellent themes for your first couple of tessellations because they can be any shape-- the weirder, the better. Click here if you want to read more about that, to read about good choices for beginners' tessellation themes, and to see more examples of fun, easy themes for tessellation art.

Mikah's art is a tessellation because his tile shapes-- those sea dragons-- can completely fill a 2D surface without gaps and without overlaps.

Mikah used the Paper Cut method to make his sea dragon tessellation.

This tessellation repeats via the translation (slide) method. That means the dragons are all swimming (flying?) in one direction: toward Liron's hungry monsters.

Somebody warn the dragons! Somebody warn Weight Watchers™!! (Dragons are fattening unless they're cooked slowly over a Saint George Foreman grill.)

This tessellation is a clear example of the "TTTT" type in the Heesch tessellation classification system. That means, each tile touches four other tiles (that's why there are 4 "T"s), and translation (represented by each "T") is the only way they repeat.