Mosaic Art With Kids

I am in love with mosaics. From the time I majored in Ceramics in college, I have been inspired by all of those tiny little bits of material that can be arranged to create a finished piece, full of movement and texture, that seemingly takes on a life of its own.

ariel finelt shoemaker corporate mosaic piece

Ariel Finelt Shoemaker corporate mosaic piece

Recently I was virtually introduced to mosaic artist Ariel Finelt Shoemaker, by Mia from Pragmatic Mom. Mia had the opportunity to visit Ariel’s studio and have a chat with her, and I found out that she had taught a 10-day class to kids on mosaics, with phenomenal results.

I wanted to learn a bit more about this, because I feel like kids aren’t usually given the opportunity to focus on 1 project for an extended period of time, and it’s a great exercise in FOCUS. Kids are so used to whipping out art projects in a few hurried school periods that they don’t really follow through on taking ownership of a big project from planning to hours of work, to a large finished product.

From Ariel:

In those 10 days, I taught a curriculum that I wrote called Mosaics Through the Lens of Chuck Close.  The children ultimately completed a 9 sq foot self portrait using mosaic glass that I provided and taught the kids how to use.  Amazing results.  The kids used the “art works” as table tops, wall hangings, back drops in the pool area at their homes, etc.  Very cool project.

 

kid mosaic project

 

children's mosaics project

 

children's mosaic project

 

children's mosaic project

 

kid mosaics

Ariel is a MA-based mosaic artist, and she focuses on custom home and corporate pieces now. Please visit her site and take a look through her portfolio page to get an idea of her other pieces – she can ship her gorgeous work worldwide.

Mia did a great write-up on Ariel on her local Newton, MA blog, I Love Newton. Click on over to see more mosaic pieces and learn a little more about Ariel.

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mosaic toy

My daughter loved playing with this magnetic mosaic toy when she was younger. Ages 4-8

butterfly mosaic kit

This Melissa and Doug mosaic-by-number kit would be great for kids a little older. Ages 6-14

Comments

  1. says

    Wow I love the way those mosiacs turned out! I’m sure they filled the kids with a great sense of accomplishment when they finished. I do agree witb you that a longer project is a good idea for children to take part in and this worksbop sounds great.
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  2. says

    This is a great idea! You most definitely have some wonderful ideas for when my children are a bit older. I am going to start following you so that I can bookmark some of your ideas for a later date!

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