For this unit I incorporated math and puzzle work when students had to create their own Tessellations. After they had covered a piece of paper with their Tessellation each student received their own paint palette to be able to mix 18 different values of one color. The next step involved creating a still life upon a gray piece of paper where they learned placement, proportions, how to shade and highlight their work.
Vocabulary Learned: Tessellation, infinite, Design Element Value, value scale, tint & shade, monochrome, still life, light sources, shading, blending, natural versus unnatural light, proportions, placement.
Materials Used: Card stock paper, 2"x2" card stock paper for tessellation, scissors, tape, pencil, sharpie, tempera/acrylic mix paint, gray scale paper, ebony pencil, prismacolor white colored pencils, glue, Still Life setup (plastic fruits & vegetables, cloth).
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