Tessellation (DRW2265.01)

Farhad Mirza

This drawing and modeling course is an introduction to tessellation, also known as space filling, or packing. Through drawing exercises on various grids (which also happen to be tessellations), we will learn about edges and vertices, moving to regular and semi-regular tessellation, and edge tessellation among others, eventually proceeding from planar tiling to packing in three dimensions.

Tessellation is a spatial strategy with a wide range of practical uses ranging from patternmaking, scaling, and modular construction to notching, attachment methods, and approximation. We will study work by artists who use tessellation as part of their practice practically, and metaphorically (usually both) including Sanford Biggers, Claudia Comte, General Idea, Jeffrey Gibson, Bridget Riley, Jordan Nassar, and Hamra Abbas.

Learning Outcomes:
- a working knowledge of the fundamentals of 2D tessellation and how to make a picture 'pack'.
- an understanding of reflection, translation, and symmetry both rotational and bilateral and how these are employed in various patternmaking methods.
- an introduction to the presence of tessellation in practices like quilting, triangle point, mosaic and tiling, and the creation of wallpaper.
- exposure to the modular possibilities afforded by tessellation and how it might be used to create a large whole out of smaller parts.

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 4
M 8:30AM - 12:10PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Course Frequency: Once a year

Categories: All courses , Digital Arts , Drawing , Fully In-Person