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Check out the new tessellations from Hawthorne Elementary School

Alain Nicolas

Will this tessellate?

NEW STUFF: Gabriel Sotillo is eager to show his first tessellation: Quails

NEW STUFF: Chris Watson has posted a tessellated portrait of M. C. Escher to celebrate Escher's birthday: June 17

NEW STUFF: Alain Nicolas, the great French tessellation artist, has posted a gallery of new original tessellations that are quite amazing. To see Alain's new tessellations and to see this one tessellate visit

Try coloring our new "Angry Birds" tessellation. We have a new tracing paper tessellation tutorial. This one uses equilateral triangles, "kite" shapes, and rotational (spin) symmetry. A review of Pam Stephens' and Jim McNeill's introductory do-it-yourself tessellation book for artistic kids roughly 8 to 11 years old. A tutorial for how to make a rubber stamp from a medicine bottle or the top of a soda bottle. Professor Kevin Lee decorates his office door with tessellation stickers made with a vinyl cutter and once again drives his car over his art. (What is WRONG with this guy?!?) Make-A-Fish Foundation encourages everyone to enjoy our differences and similarities, and for self-described "non-artists" to become artists. They show us uniquely, individualistically decorated fish in tessellations on canvases, on sculpted,wooden, and molded pendants, in papercraft, and more. Oakgrove Primary School aaaalll the way over in Glasgow, Scotland shows off the tessellation art made by 4 of their 4th level students, just 8 years old. Bruce Bilney & Webmaster Seth have made do-it-yourself print-&-fold templates for you to make papercraft seahorse-, goldfish-, & turtle-theme 3D octahedron, dodecahedron, and cube tessellations. We've raised our standard for tessellation art sent by you for display here on Kevin Lee now offers a FREE COPY of "TesselManiac", his NEW TESSELLATION CREATION SOFTWARE (with some features disabled) or a full-feature version for about 30 US dollars.

circus seal tessellation Seahorses and Fish tessellation tessellation art lesson. 
              Uses tracing paper, kites, and triangles. review of tessellation introductory book for kids how to make a rubber stamp Video: vinyl cutter makes tessellation art for office door Fish tessellation art from Make A Fish Foundation Fish tessellation art from Make A Fish Foundation kids tessellation art from Oakgrove Primary School, Glasgow, Scotland diy tessellation papercraft dodecahedron sea horses diy tessellation papercraft octahedron peace turtles diy tessellation papercraft octahedron goldfish tesselmaniac tessellation creation software

Click here for a more complete list of our newest tessellation stuff.

tessellation puzzle picture

Tessellations here mean symmetric designs featuring animals, toasters, persons, etc, which can fit together in repetitive patterns like simple jigsaw puzzles. These fill a surface, usually a 2D plane, without gaps or overlaps. Brick walls, tiled floors, and the honeycomb in bee hives are all tessellations. You can see example tessellations at the top of every page in this website, and in our many many galleries of tessellation art by pros and amateurs, adults and kids.

On these pages is information about all aspects of tessellations. We have their history, do-it-yourself tessellation lessons, and galleries of examples by school students, guest artists, the webmasters Seth and Dr. David, and of course M. C. Escher, the pioneer of the art.

This site is a dedicated art site, not requiring much math. Math teachers, don't be forlorn. We do show a smidgen of introductory geometry and quite a few do-it-yourself tutorials. As M. C. Escher said, "Mathematicians go to the garden gate but they never venture through to appreciate the delights within." Let me put that another way: you're missing the fun if you use a microscope to enjoy a merry-go-round. We have a little simple geometry in the lessons and explanations, but nothing as fancy as the serious adults' math-oriented tessellation websites.

If, as a result of your visit, you venture through that garden gate and hop on that merry-go-round, please send us your tessellation art for inclusion in the guest gallery.

TEACHERS - This whole site is entirely suitable & inoffensive for young children, space aliens, the Pope, garden gnomes, and grandparents. The space aliens and Pope might need some help with the English.

Yahoo! was Yahoo's 'Pick of the Week' on Feb 15 2004. Since then we've been the top website for tessellations on Google, Bing, Yahoo, and so on. We get between 3,000 and 8,000 visitors per day.

TEACHERS, SCHOOLS, and ARTISTS - This site is actively seeking art, lesson plans, and tutorials from guest contributors. Contact us.

SCHOOLS - Recently, many schools have asked to have their students' artwork put in a school gallery here. Yes, we'd be happy to post your class's tessellations in a "school gallery" on Here's how you can make it happen.

Posters, Postcards, Jigsaw Puzzles, Mugs, and Magnets We sell reprints of some of Webmaster Sethness's art online through "dA galleries". Click here to visit that online art store. We will try to post a clickable link to the store next to each tessellation available in the store. Those links look like this:

link to tessellation art you can buy

Please enjoy the site - Seth