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Since ancient times, artists have used many different types of tesserae (small pieces) to create beautiful mosaic art. Combine new technology with geometric skills to create beautiful mosaics!
As long as 4,000 years ago, people incorporated many small pieces of terracotta stones and pebbles into soft surfaces of clay and dirt to create beautiful patterns and pictures on surfaces. Many artists today still use this basic method to create mosaic art. Suggest that students investigate mosaic art and the artists world-wide that are known for their mosaic art pieces. Provide text resources and teacher-approved Internet web sites for students to view during this research.
With research complete, ask students to choose a subjects with an interesting designs for their artwork. Students sketch their choices on paper with Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils.
Lay this paper on top of the black side of Crayola Color Explosion paper. Trace over lines with a pencil. Press hard enough for a slight impression to be made on the surface of the Color Explosion paper.
Trace the outline on Color Explosion paper with the Color Explosion marker. Choose basic geometric shapes to fill the design. Draw these shapes inside one section of the outline, leaving black space between the shapes. Repeat, maybe changing shapes in each part of the picture, until the outline is filled.
Students decide if and how they would like to add extra interest inside the shapes just created. Suggest patterns of dots, lines, or swirls. The explosions of color from the paper make these designs even more interesting!
If extra space around the outline are available, use more geometric shapes to create a background for the picture!
In small groups, have students share their mosaic artwork and how learning about this art form was incorporated into their original work.
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