We've recently been exploring with how to make fishy tessellation shapes in our art.
Tessellations are symmetric designs which fit together in repetitive patterns so there are no gaps or overlaps. An example of a tessellation is a brick wall or tiled floor.
While, at first, creating your own fishy tessellation shape may look complicated, it's really very easy. In fact, it's fun and challenging. Here's how we did it.
Making Fishy Tessellation Shapes
Start with a 7 cm square piece of cardboard and mark each corner with one letter (e.g., a, b, c, d).
Draw a line across corner b.
Cut along the line.
Invert corner b and trace the same shape across corner d.
Cut corner d so now you have two pieces with the same shape.
Align the cut pieces of corners b & d against corners a & c.
Tape the pieces together. These form the tail of your fish.
Draw and cut a piece out of the bottom of your square.
Move this newly cut piece to the top of your fish to form the top fin.
Add an eye, mouth and side fin and you've finished creating your own fishy tessellation shape.
Now it's time to trace around the shape on a piece of paper. Start your first row of shapes at the bottom of the page.
Keep adding shapes by aligning your tessellation shape next to the previous ones drawn. The shapes should fit together like a jigsaw puzzle.
Congratulations! You've began your tessellation art work. Now you can have fun adding colour and details.
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