Make Fishy Tessellation Shapes

We've recently been exploring with how to make fishy tessellation shapes in our art.

Make Fishy Tessellation Shapes

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

Make Fishy Tessellation Shapes: Start with a small square piece of cardboard

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.

Make Fishy Tessellation Shapes: Cut along the line

Cut along the line.

Make Fishy Tessellation Shapes: Invert and trace the shape
Invert corner b and trace the same shape across corner d.

Make Fishy Tessellation Shapes: Cut along the line

Cut corner d so now you have two pieces with the same shape.

Make Fishy Tessellation Shapes: Move the cut pieces to their new positions

Align the cut pieces of corners b & d against corners a & c.

Make Fishy Tessellation Shapes: Tape the pieces in their new positions

Tape the pieces together. These form the tail of your fish.

Draw and cut a piece out of the bottom of your square.

Make Fishy Tessellation Shapes: Move the fin to the top of the fish

Move this newly cut piece to the top of your fish to form the top fin.

Make Fishy Tessellation Shapes: Add details

Add an eye, mouth and side fin and you've finished creating your own fishy tessellation shape.

Make Fishy Tessellation Shapes: Trace the shape on a piece of paper

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.

Make Fishy Tessellation Shapes: Add more fish

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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