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Tessellation Time

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Tessellation (tess-uh-lay-shun): A pattern formed by repeated shapes over a surface without gaps or overlaps. It comes from the Latin word tesselate meaning "to pave."


As many of you already know, I love to read. I appreciate all types of literature. . .and the arts! I think it's important to share the works of other authors and artists I admire. And that's just what I'm going to do this week!

Who is M. C. Escher???

Self Portrait from 1935 taken from

Most Popular – M.C. Escher – The Official Website (

(Click the link to learn even more about him and see more of his work!)

Mauritis Cornelius Escher was born in Holland in 1898.

  • He studied graphic art.

  • He illustrated books in the 1920s.

  • He traveled with his wife and found inspiration in both the landscapes of Italy and the architecture of Spain.

  • In the 1940s, he became more interested in space, math, and illusion. These became some of the works he is most widely known for.

  • He continued to paint word clouds, repeating patterns and reality bending shapes, until 1968.

  • He died in 1972.

So, what about tessellations? Here's a look at one of Escher's intricate works, Lizard taken from M.C. Escher and Tessellations (

My challenge to you this week is to create your very own tessellation! You'll find my unfinished attempt below. Don't worry, I plan on finishing! I just wanted you to see the work in progress. As I'm sure you could have guessed, I chose to make my pattern dogs! I love those furry little creatures.

I'm no artist, so for me, it was easiest to make a template I could trace and fit together.

Now- go have some fun, and let your creativity shine on!

Until next time. . .


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