Back to School!

16 Aug

So we started back to homeschooling in earnest this Monday, and the first days have gone well. The kids are doing well with their new curriculum and working much faster than I anticipated.

As part of our study on ancient Rome, we’ve studied Roman art and architecture, examining many of the frescoes and mosaics from the Etruscan period and the early Roman Empire. We did a simple (but fun!) project that I thought I’d share: paper mini-mosaics!

  1. Cut construction paper or that Astrobrights paper into small squares. We cut ours into 1/2-inch squares.
  2. Cut a backing board to the right size. We used corrugated cardboard because we’ve got an abundance of it!
  3. Have your mini artists sketch a basic design idea. Make sure to tell them that it shouldn’t be anything too complicated.
  4. Starting near the center, apply a thin coat of rubber cement to the cardboard in a small area. They’ll need to work fast to get their “tiles” laid out before the rubber cement dries.
  5. The kids apply the “tiles” in a grid pattern and try to make their design in mosaic.
  6. Keep expanding out from the center slowly, doing a small area at a time.
  7. When it’s all done, let dry and then trim/crop excess backing material.
  8. In our case, because I was just using cardboard, I put a layer of clear Contact paper on the cardboard to seal it and protect it. I also added some 3M strips to the back so they could hang it directly onto the wall in their bedrooms.

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