Learn the most simple: UP/DOWN, LEFT/RIGHT symmetry method

The topic for this class is the most simple, most basic method of creating tessellations and patterns. It’s the method most taught in grade school or high school, and usually involved scissors and cardboard. But none of these antique tools here, (not that there’s anything wrong with that!). We will be using an iPad and stylus.

This simple up/down, left/right symmetry group should have been the first in my series of classes, but I did not want to give you more of the same, more of what you already know from that special class in school. But I’m tackling it now, I will show you an easier method using the free KaleidoPaint app. I will give you the magic sentence to accomplish the outline of your tessellation with two lines. I will also show you how far you can push this symmetry group.

All you need for this class is a good dose of imagination, an iPad, and a stylus. No need for advanced drawing skills. No math skills. No geometry jargon. No programming.

Free KaleidoPaint app

Learn to create tessellation patterns with easy step-by-step lessons and plenty of examples. You will be drawing true nested shape tessellations in no time at all. Just like MC Escher. We will dive into all the symmetry groups over the next while. Using your iPad tablet, I will show you all the tricks I have learned in the last decade (2012-2022!) of drawing nested shape tessellations using KaleidoPaint.

Head over to Skillshare.com and start tessellating, the classes are listed below my bio.

Here is the first video, free, Introduction to this P1 class:

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Three classes about creating tessellations are up on Skillshare as of today, December 23, 2021!

Get ready to dive into another method to create nested shape tessellations. This 33 minute class will show you how to create a grid within the KaleidoPaint app (free!) to draw an enclosed tile that repeats perfectly with only two lines to draw. No math, no jargon, no programming. All you need is a good dose of imagination and the the desire to tweak it to perfection. Ride along with my instructions, my magic sentence It’s easy. And a billion possibilities for your patterns.

  • The Simple UP/DOWN LEFT/RIGHT Symmetry Group
  • How to Accomplish a Tessellation in this UP/DOWN, LEFT/RIGHT Symmetry Method
  • Long Time No See, a Tessellation from A to Z
  • Similar Outlines — Radically Different Content
  • Rebuilding Pegasus, by M. C. Escher
  • Recap of the Magic Sentence for this Method

I hope you’ll join me on this wonderful journey into the world of tessellations, one symmetry method at a time. 

Cheers! (an anagram of Escher)


For news on newly released classes, follow me on Skillshare or on any of your favorite platforms, InstagramFacebook or my tessellations dot ca blog, right here.

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