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Tessellation Exploration

from Cleveland Museum of Art

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What is the difference between a regular tessellation and a semi-pure tessellation? Where does the term "tessellation" originate, and what is the sum of angles around one vertex in a tessellation of the plane by polygons? Treat your class to an art-filled math experience using museum objects and patterned surfaces to explore different math concepts about tessellations and polygons. Students are introduced to a mummy case, an Islamic prayer niche, an Escher print and other works while learning to identify various tessellations using a viewing guide included in the Teacher Information Packet, which accompanies the videoconference.

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By Request: $145.00
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45-60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Adult Learners

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Primary Disciplines

Fine Arts, Mathematics

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

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Programs are non-refundable, however cancellations due to technical difficulties, school closings, or those received 48 hours in advance may be rescheduled for no additional charge. Rescheduling is subject to availability.

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Cleveland Museum of Art

Cleveland, OH
United States

Distance Learning at The Cleveland Museum of Art allows classes to connect with the CMA and enrich their studies of history, language arts, science, math and the visual arts through our collection of art and artifacts from around the world. Through live, interactive videoconferencing, students participate in conversations with museum educators that are two-way and fully interactive. Programs are designed for grades K-12 and are aligned with ODE academic standards.

Diane Cizek

Program Details


1. Discuss definition of tessellations, and examples students have seen (tiled floors, quilts, etc).
2. Define math terminology, such as polygon, regular polygon, and regular tessellation.
3. Introduce works from the museum with examples of regular tessellations.
4. Students work on math viewing guide throughout the program.
5. Discuss regular vs. non-regular tessellations, and look at non-regular examples, including M.C. Escher’s work.
6. View and discuss examples of semi-regular and demi-regular tessellations.


1. How different cultures have used math and tessellations in their work.
2. The difference between the many types of tessellations.
3. How math can be used to create art.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

All programs are aligned with the National Education Standards, Ohio Department of Education Academic Standards, and New York State Learning Standards.