COMING AND GOING – Glide Reflection, Tessellation

Students use glide reflection to create a shape that will tessellate and is the profile of a face, and then use the shape to create a design filled with people coming and going.

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COMING AND GOING – Glide Reflection, Tessellation


  • Crayola Fine Line Markers - 12 Count
  • Crayola Marker & Watercolour Paper - 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm (9" x 12")
  • Crayola Colours of the World Crayons - 24 Count
  • Crayola Mini Twistables Crayons - 24 Count
  • Crayola Pointed Tip Metal Scissors
  • Clear Tape
  • Cardstock Paper - 7.5 cm x 7.5 cm (3" x 3") - 1 per student


Step 1
  1. Draw 4 squares on your paper.
  2. Make 4 different sketches of the profile of a face.
  3. Experiment with the size and shape of the nose and the slant of the forehead.
  4. Pose for each other to see what different profiles look like.
Step 2
  1. Draw your profile on the square of heavy weight paper.
  2. Make sure you start at one vertex and end at the vertex beside it.
Step 3
  1. Carefully cut out your shape.
  2. Translate the shape by sliding it to the opposite side of the square.
  3. Tape the shape to the square being sure to fit it right up against the edge of the square.
Step 4
  1. Draw a new shape from the straight side of the square, starting at the chin.
    - this will be the top of the head
    - shade it so it looks different than the rest of the shape
  2. Carefully cut the shape out.
  3. Slide it across to the straight side of the square.
  4. Flip the shape over and tape it in place.
Step 5
  1. Label one side of the template 'A' and the other side 'B'.
Step 6
  1. Measure down 7.5 cm from the top of the paper.
  2. Start there with your first row of drawings.
  3. Trace the 'A' side of the template over and over again making sure each shape fits into the previous one.
Step 7
  1. Trace the 'B' side of the template along the top and bottom of the 'A' row.
  2. Make sure each shape fits into the previous one.
  3. Fill the entire page.
Step 8
  1. Use multicultural and twistable crayons to fill in the design.
  2. Blend at least 2 colours together in each space.
  3. Place colours so they create contrast and lead your eye through the drawing.
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