Geo Art Lab

THE GEO ART LAB

MindGear Lab‘s Panoply 2015 Interactive presented by

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The Geo Art Lab explores art through shapes, lines and math.

TANGRAMS

The tangram is a set of seven flat shapes, called tans, that are put together to make larger shapes, or polygons. The only rules is that you must use all seven shapes, they need to touch, but they must not overlap. How many images can you make from these shapes?

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Here are some images that can be made from this tangram:geo art lab 2 geo art lab 3

 

 

 

 

TANGRAM VIDEOS

 

ONLINE TANGRAM GAMES

PBS KIDS NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

 

TESSELLATIONS

A Tessellation is when we cover a surface with a pattern of flat shapes so that there are no overlaps or gaps.

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Patterns are an important part of both math and art.  Patterns are when something is in repeated groups.  M.C. Escher was an artist who used the same patterns over and over again.  He said that he was an artist who used had more in common with math than art.

 

ESCHER INFORMATION

Escher’s Tesselations Escher’s Bio Escher Website

 

HOW TO TESSELLATE VIDEOS

PBS Kids Video How to Tessellate How to Tessellate 2

 

 

PENROSE TILING/VARIANT TILING

Penrose Tiling, also called Variant Tiling was named after Roger Penrose, who studied these tiles in the 1970s.  This is when a pattern starts in the middle.  The diamonds don’t have to be the same but they have to fit together.  The pattern will get bigger and move out from the middle.

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VIDEOS

Animated Penrose Tiling Can you make a Penrose tile with a pentagon shape?