Thursday, July 15, 2010

Making mosaic tiles and T's @ art camp

The kids have been really working hard to master the art of mosaics. The did not have to break their own tiles but they drew their own designs then chose the tile pieces to complete them. We looked at a lot of different types of mosaics and designs including those in quite a number of books from the library to get our ideas. Some just came from imagination as I never saw a 2 headed dragon anywhere. Spreading the tile glue was a bit of a challenge--the kids did not like using the plastic gloves and soon had their fingers into the stuff with better results. We used small ceramics, broken pottery, broken mirrors, beads and colored river gravel to get just the right look. 

The T-shirts turned out great and are a bit different that the usual "paint a t-shirt" type of project. It was hard to get some of the kids to stamp the design on but once they got into it the results were great!

We are finishing up a banner/flag with thoughts of medieval tapestries that should be great to hang out, going back to Mexican art for a Talavera tile and creating a "stained glass" window from tissue paper to finish camp. 

The Arts mini-camp is held at the Wells Branch Community Library and taught by Dianne Koehler.

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