This maths class is all about specific shapes and how they can be used in art!

Get the answers, plus ALL the activities for the great lesson HERE!

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## Tessellation

We are going to tessellate some shapes but what is tessellation?

It means to decorate or cover a surface with a pattern of repeated shapes, especially polygons, that fit together closely without gaps or overlapping.

Examples of tessellations in the real world include beehives and honeycombs, tiles on a wall or floor, and pavement tiling or the pieces of a jigsaw.

There is a famous artist who was also a scientist and mathematician who made a lot of his art based on tessellation.

His name was M.C. Escher. He always started with a polygon shape but if you look carefully you can see how he changed the shape slightly so that it became an animal. And then he tessellated them.

Take a look at how he made a pattern with bird shapes in the image below.

## Let's tessellate!

Let's make our own tessellation art piece! 0

1 Use the image below to trace the swan or draw a swan on a piece of cardboard.

2 Ask an adult to help you cut it out. Always remember to be very carefully when using scissors.

3 Use this cut-out as a stencil and create a repeated pattern on a page.

4 Trace around the stencil on both sides so you have a pattern of the swan going both ways.

5 You can even move the swan around the page so it is facing up or down.

6 Keep tracing around the swan until you have filled the whole page with your pattern.

7 Now that all your swans are drawn, you can colour them in or leave them plain. It's your artistic choice!

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