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Grossmont College Tessellation Selfie Essay


Tessellations are a means of “tiling the plane”. They are decorative, repetitive works of art made in various mediums. M.C. Escher, the Dutch graphic designer was known for his extensive work with tessellations. 

Using examples from Escher, and the weblinks provided to you in Helpful Tessellation Links, search for  a tessellation  in person to show the class.

Find a Tessellation:

Take a selfie with a tessellation you discover around town.  Don’t forget to tell us where the tessellation was discovered in your thread.

Tessellations can be discovered all over. For example, USD campus and Balboa Park have fountains that share some very similar tile work. Downtown La Jolla has some spread about while you walk on Girard. Home Depot sometimes has examples on display for kitchen and bathrooms.  Even textiles and fabrics are decorated in tessellations. 

Be sure to embed your image/s (just like in the demo below). DO NOT attach the image/s in word doc or pdf files. Attached images that require downloading for viewing will NOT be looked at and the discussion will earn a zero.

Embedding Images Into Canvas Discussions (Links to an external site.) 

Discussion Questions:

Tell us why you chose the tessellation.

What is it about the tessellation that made an impression on you?

What exactly makes the pattern/decoration you chose a tessellation? Provide specific details. Discussing a principle of design or two or anything from the visual toolbox could be helpful.


Your Discussion experience will come in three parts:

Part 1: Take a selfie with a tessellation you discover around town.  Don’t forget to tell us where the tessellation was discovered in your thread. A photo with you holding a book or print out next to your face will not work!

Embed the photo to your thread. Avoid using huge file sizes, they may  not upload into Canvas.

Part 2: Write a short essay that answers the above questions and provide comments about your own viewing experience. Additions to your thread resulting from any added research is fine. But remember to stay on topic and answer the questions.

Part 3: Respond to a minimum of 2 other student Threads.

Points will be distributed in this manner: 

Discussion- 20 max

Original and relevant content (5 points max)- Displaying you have studied and are knowledgeable of the material by addressing required prompts and writing your own thoughts and feelings regarding the material’s content.  

A critical analysis (5 points max)- Exhibiting you have engaged with the material by address prompts directly by providing original, insightful observations and thought-provoking commentary- in both your post and classmate responses.  

Engaging Responses (5 points max)- Engage in critical analysis of the content present in your classmate’s post. You are expected to provide insightful observations, thought-provoking commentary, or feedback to your classmates. Only responses that engage and encourage critical thinking­­ will receive maximum credit.

Quality of writing (5 points max)- Cleary and concisely articulates ideas and feelings about the material utilizing good sentence fluency (syntax), spelling, and grammar. College-level writing is required.


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