Course:Art Project Rubric - Bart 2008

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You will turn in:

  • 10-15 sketches of tessellations showing a variety of techniques and symmetry groups.
  • A finished tessellation
  • A short paper.

See Tessellation Art Project for more information


One part of the grade is assigned to the tessellation you choose as your finished artwork. The 58 points for this part of the assignment are distributed as follows:

  • Mathematics - 18 points
  • Artistry - 28 points
  • Materials - 12 points


Symmetry Transformations Unacceptable (1) Poor (2) Average (3) Good (4) Exceptional (Extra)
Accuracy No (0) Yes (5)
Used underlying geometric grid?
Tiles fit, no gaps?

Total: 18 points


Care and attention to detail Unacceptable (1) Poor (2) Average (3) Good (4) Exceptional (Extra)
Color fill
Consistency of motif
Edge conditions
Extra details?
Artistic Merit Unacceptable (1) Poor (2) Average (3) Good (4) Exceptional (Extra)
Motif outline quality
Overall artistic difficulty

Total: 28 points


Materials used:

Unacceptable (1) Poor (2) Average (3) Good (4) Exceptional (Extra)
Choice of surface
Choice of media

Total: 12 points


You are asked to create some 10-15 sketches of tessellations using the different techniques we used in class. There is a total of 20 points to be earned in this part of the assignment.

None (1) Limited (2) Average (3) Strong (4) Exceptional (Extra)
Unsuccessfull or rough sketches
Quality candidate tessellations
Tessellation techniques displayed
Sketches developing chosen motif
Overall sketchwork effort

Total: 20 points

Written Report

Your paper should be about 3-4 pages long (double spaced with normal 1 inch margins). You should discuss what sketches you produced, what difficulties you may have encountered, which one you chose as your art project and why.

You should discuss the tessellation: the underlying geometric tessellation, the isometries used and the symmetries present.

Discussion of sketches Absent (0) Poor (2) Average (3) Good (4)
Identifies tessellation techniques used in sketches
Discussion of successful techniques used in sketches
Discussion of problems encountered in sketches
Insight into choice of final motif
Insight into development of final motif

Creating finished work Absent (0) Poor (2) Average (3) Good (4)
Insight into choice of materials
Insight into choice of colors
Layout of underlying geometry discussed
Process of replicating motif discussed

About the finished work Absent (0) Poor (2) Average (3) Good (4)
Underlying geometry indicated
Symmetry group indicated
Comparisons with Escher's work

Total: 48 points

Total on whole assignment: 126 points