Mosaic is an ancient art that can be used as a vehicle to help students visualize concepts from any subject area.
Program Description: Students will explore their creativity by designing a mosaic tile for themselves and one that can be included in a group mural. The finished piece can be installed at the school as a permanent work of art. Students learn, through the medium of mosaics, to translate information they have learned into a visual form.
Experiences can be tailored to meet the needs of any grade level and the artist and teachers can work together to choose any subject area for students to use as the theme for their tiles.
Grade 3: Animals and their Environment: Students choose an animal to study and then create a tile using geometric shaped pieces.
Grade 4: Weather conditions, landforms, and ecosystems: Students use information from their study in science to create tiles for a mural on these subjects.
Grade 5: Ecosystems and Organisms: Students are assigned different eco systems to study and create a four part mural of the Desert, Salt Marsh, Ocean and the Rainforest.
Grade 5: The Harlem Renaissance: Students create colorful tiles that depict images from this creative time in history.
Grade 6: Math: Mandalas, Geometric and Radial Designs: Students use colorful, geometric tiles to create symmetrical Mandalas.
Grade 7: Greek and Roman History: Students use stone tiles to depict a design inspired by ancient art.
Grade 8: Geological Timeline: Students are assigned an era from the geological timeline and use this information to create a mosaic of an organism or animal.