Thursday, September 3, 2009

Open Ended Art: Mosaics


Teaching My Little Book Worm runs a weekly theme on Open Ended Art and we thought that we would join in this time around since the theme is Mosaics and we've been wanting to do some mosiac work for ages.

There is no doubt a more effective way to do this but this is what we came up with.


Materials Needed:

Clay (or Playdough)


Mould of some description, we used a Paper Mache Mould of a Star that I picked up on a throw out table

Cling Wrap


Our Materials

We lined the mould with cling wrap so the clay wouldn't stick to it.

Then push the clay into the mould, making sure the surface is even as possible.

Clay waiting for the pebbles.

Adding pebbles. Be sure to push them right in or they just fall out.

The finished pieces, waiting to dry. B7's is the star and K5's is the face on the star.

After allowing to dry, this is B7's finished star. (K5 had a little accident with hers so unfortuantely we don't have a finished photo to share)

After they finished working on the star moulds, I gave them each a piece of canvas art board and suggested they draw something and fill it with pebble mosiacs. They went straight to work, after drawing their initial design they quickly realised that they would need to sort the pebbles into colours.

This took some time but was actually a great activity in itself. Some of those pebbles were really tricky to decide what colour they should be placed into to.

K5 decided on a tree and a flying creature.

Not quite finished, I believe she is going to paint the background on this one.

B7 chose an airplane, he still has a bit of a way to go with his.

We enjoyed participating in Open Ended Art and are looking forward to next week - Paper Mosaics. Why not check out what everyone else got up to over at Teaching My Little Bookworm.


Sites Of Interest

Teaching My Little BookWorm

How Stuff Works Nature Crafts For Kids



Wendy said...

You make me want to send my husband out to buy clay, find some pretty pebbles, and clear off the dining room table for some art!!!

Caz said...

I too, will be adding mosaic to the list of crafts the boys can choose from. They'd totally love that :)

Gidget Girl Reading said...

great job! I love both! :) my little girl loved glitter more then pebbles and made glitter mosaics instead! :)

love your clay where did you get it?

Kylie said...

Can't wait to see what you guys all create. My clay is from our Pottery Studio where my 7 takes classes from time to time. They sell it in bulk so in the long run is far cheaper to buy it that way then the small packages from a craft store. We actually hadn't used any for sometime and I was concerned that it might have dried out (it is double wrapped in plastic) but no it was all fine.

Zonnah said...

The turned out great!

Natalie PlanetSmarty said...

I loved your projects. Your children are good artists too - that airplane is very detailed. I think I am going for shaped play-doh when we get to beans project later this month :)

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

I absolutely love this! I love how they were so concentrated on the projects and did everything themselves! They look great!

Michelle said...

These look great!

Susana said...

I love both of your mosaic ideas, but I especially like the natural colors of the stars. Very creative--thank you for sharing!

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