This lesson integrates math with arts by creating tessellation designs similar to those found in the decorative motifs of the Fox Theatre. Students will discuss how tessellations patterns are used in our environment, especially by interior designers. Ceramics, enamels, furniture, glass, metal work, and textiles, are considered decorative arts because they are meant to adorn or embellish a space (www.artlex.com).
GA QCCs for Fine Arts:
Topic: Artistic Skills and Knowledge: Creating, Performing, Producing
Standard: Develops ideas, plans, and produces artworks that serve specific functions (e.g., expressive, social, and utilitarian).
Standard: Applies concepts and ideas from other disciplines and their topics as sources of ideas for own artwork.
Topic: Historical and Cultural Context
Standard: Explains the influences of historical and social factors on the development of selected drawings.
- Explore the mathematic and aesthetic properties of tessellations.
- Identify tessellation motifs in the Fox Theatre.
- Experiment with construction of tessellation patterns from simple shapes to more complex repeating patterns.
- Create a tessellation pattern.
Day 1: Introduce content, present student challenge, begin sketches
Day 2: Continue sketching
Day 3: Transfer finished design to drawing paper
Day 4: Add color to completed design
Day 5: Present completed design for group critique