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, semi-regular, 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. In addition to reading about the Timurid dynasty Topkapı pattern scroll, we will study more recent work by artists who use tessellation practically, and metaphorically (usually both), including Etel Adnan, Sanford Biggers, Claudia Comte, General Idea, Jeffrey Gibson, Marlene Bennett Jones, Emma Kunz, Martha Jane Pettway, Bridget Riley, Jordan Nassar, and Hamra Abbas.

Learning Outcomes:
- a basic understanding of two dimensional tessellation
- the ability to create simple repeat patterns
- a basic understanding of the properties of square, hexagonal, and triangular grids
- experience creating and installing large 2D works made up of smaller parts

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 4
T 8:30AM - 12:10PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 14
Course Frequency: Once a year

Categories: 2000 , All courses , Drawing , Four Credit , Fully In-Person