Webquests » Tessellations
Help!! All of the written text and artwork on tessellations have been burned and destroyed by an anti-tessellation clan, Rebels Against Tessellations (R.A.T.s). It is your responsibility to start rebuilding the text and artwork by using the internet (which the R.A.T.S have not destroyed yet) to re-discover the history of tessellations, the artists who made them and then create your own to help rebuild the collection of tessellations.
The Tessellation Rebuilding committee (TRC) is under siege by the R.A.T.'s. The committee was rebuilding a website but couldn't finish answering the questions. The TRC has asked that you help out by answering the following questions to help finish creating some new books and resources on tessellations. Here are some questions that they need help with.
1- What is a tessellation and where were they first created?
2- Who is the father of tessellations? Where and when was he born?
3- How are tessellations created?
4- Find and describe your favorite tessellation
5- Create your own tessellations using Paint.net
Don't forget to check out the artwork as well, your final step as a TRC member is to create a tessellation to put on display in the FLS art gallery.
Answer questions on your handout using the links below. Click the back button to return to this webquest.
Questions 1, 2,3 - What is a tessellation and Where did they start?
Questions 4-Who is the Father of Tessellations?
Questions 5 and 6 Father of tessellations biography
Question 7-Visit the National Gallery of Art and look at the artwork titled '8 Heads' .
Question 8- Tessellations and Math?! Which shapes can be used to make tessellations?
Question 9-Search through these galleries and find your favorite. Use details to explain why you choose it and how you may use it in your own artwork.
Question 10- The father of tessellations has inspired many artists over the years. Most recently he inspired this project. The Father of Tessellations Inspiration
Check out ALL of MC Escher's work (Click Picture Gallery)
A 3-D tour of some of Escher's 2-D work! (click downloads on the left hand side)
All done? Turn the volume OFF and watch the video below!
Are you done helping out with the research and ready to submit your information to the leader of the Tessellation Rebuilding Committee, Lt. Gorham?
1-Have you answered all the questions?
2- Submit your work to the lieutenant, they will review your work, you must have 100% to move on to the next step, tessellation creation!
3- Open up the triangle template, and practice with the tools. Next class, based on the completion of today's mission you may begin your final.
If you received 100% you can begin your tessellation creation. Think about the artwork that MC Escher made and follow the TRC leader's guidelines very carefully in order to make your own tessellation. Good luck and thanks for the help.
~Your Fearless TRC Leader, Member since 2009.
Teacher Page and Resources
A webquest created for the students of Frederick Leighton Elementary.
Oswego City School District
1 Buccaneer Blvd.
Oswego, NY 13126