Escher style Geometry Art fromchild geometry students of J. R. Masterman's 9th grade geometry class of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Escher-style tessellation of butterflies
tessellation art sample


Notice the clever use of a background fabric to make the tracing paper come to life. Also notice that Jessica used strong outlines (borders) and base color differences so that we can easily see where one butterfly "tile" ends and the next begins. These careful touches make a tessellation pleasing to the audience's eyes.

This is "translation (slide)" style tessellation art.

That means the basic shapes repeat only by moving in a straight line from one place to another. There is no rotation like a pinwheel nor reflection like a mirror image.

A large percentage of first-time tessellations are done this way. It's easier to visualize than spins or mirror images, and the results can be impressive. Would you like to try making one? Here's a translation tessellation lesson for you to make your own with tracing paper. All you'll need is some vellum or tracing paper like Jessica used, some pencils, and a dark wide pen.