This app takes me back to the days when I taught my students how to create tessellations using paper and markers. The discovery of the Amaziograph app is inspiring me to want to teach how to create 21st century tessellations using iPads. This video is a demo of how to use some of the functions within the app. There are a number of grids and possible lessons that can be taught using this app. I am looking forward to teaching traditional as well as digital tessellation- making in the art room.
View the "How To" demo video I created below to see how I created my tessellations.
The mirror and kaleidoscope grids are also wonderful. I recall teaching a lesson in which students wrote their names in script on a folded paper, superimposed the continuous line in their names and then designed an insect out of the letters. With this app, students can turn the iPad sideways, write their name on the line and print their names in mirror image format. Then, they can use traditional tools to design their insects, aliens, etc (see below).
(First Name Written in Script)
(First Name Printed and Flipped Vertically: Ready to Transform into Insect/Alien/etc.)
The kaleidoscope function can be used to draw snowflakes, flowers, mandalas, etc.
There are plenty of ways for us art teachers to design rich and engaging lessons that can incorporate traditional and traditional tools using this app.