TANTALIZING TESSELLATIONS – Irregular Polygons, Colour

Students use translation to create an irregular shape that will tessellate, and then use the shape to create a design filled with blended colour.

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TANTALIZING TESSELLATIONS – Irregular Polygons, Colour


  • Crayola Marker & Watercolour Paper - 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm
  • Crayola Scissors
  • Crayola Fine Line Markers - 12 Count
  • Crayola Crayons - 24 Count
  • Cardstock Paper - 7.6 cm x 7.6 cm (3" x 3") - 1 piece per student
  • Clear Tape


Step 1
  1. Start with a square of heavy weight paper 7.5 cm x 7.5 cm.
  2. Cut out a section of the square.
  3. Start at one vertex and end at the vertex beside it.
Step 2
  1. Translate the shape by sliding it to the opposite side of the square.
  2. Tape the shape to the square.
  3. Be sure to fit it right up against the edge of the square.
Step 3
  1. Cut out a new shape from the straight side of the square.
Step 4
  1. Slide it across to the other side and tape it in place.
Step 5
  1. Trace your new shape in at least 3 different positions on a piece of drawing paper.
  2. See what they remind you of.
Step 6
  1. Choose the idea you like the best and use it to tessellate the shape across your paper.
  2. Draw the shape and details with marker.
Step 7
  1. Use regular or twistable crayons to fill in the design.
  2. Blend at least 2 colours together in each space.
Step 8
  1. View your work with fresh eyes.
  2. What impact does your use of blended colour have on the overall design?
  3. How does the use of detail contribute to the effectiveness of the overall design?
  4. How and why does the tessellation work?