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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Greece Unit: Magazine Clipping Mosaics

Greece Unit: Magazine Clipping Mosaics Tutorial-The Unlikely Homeschool


While continuing our study of Ancient Greece, we learned that one of the most popular Grecian art forms was mosaic scenes. Craftsmen would use tesserae, small four-sided glass tiles, to create intricate wall mountings or floor coverings.

One snowy afternoon found us gathered at the art table creating our own mosaic masterpieces out of old magazine clippings.

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To Make a Magazine Clipping Mosaic

You will need:

  • small squares of magazine clippings separated by color*
  • heavy art paper
  • pencil
  • glue stick
  • black marker (not pictured)
  • scissors

Greece Unit: Magazine Clipping Mosaics Tutorial-The Unlikely Homeschool

*I cut large blocks of color out of magazine pages by cutting each page into strips, stacking the strips together, and cutting mini squares from several strips at a time. If you'd prefer NOT to use magazine pages, construction paper, scrapbook paper, or paint swatch chips would work just as well. (I just really liked the hodge-podge look of the mini magazine squares.)
Greece Unit: Magazine Clipping Mosaics Tutorial-The Unlikely Homeschool

Do a quick google image search of ancient Grecian mosaics for inspiration.

Greece Unit: Magazine Clipping Mosaics Tutorial-The Unlikely Homeschool

Sketch a simple shape or picture onto the art paper. SIMPLE is the key. A picture with too much detail or small spaces, will be too difficult to tile.

Greece Unit: Magazine Clipping Mosaics Tutorial-The Unlikely Homeschool

Apply glue to a small section of the sketch and begin laying magazine "tiles" leaving white space between each clipping. Create a unified look by laying all the tiles in the same direction.

Greece Unit: Magazine Clipping Mosaics Tutorial-The Unlikely Homeschool

Once all the tiles are in place, allow to dry. (This should only take a few minutes as glue stick adhesive dries very quickly.)

Greece Unit: Magazine Clipping Mosaics Tutorial-The Unlikely Homeschool

Using a dark marker, outline your original sketch. Don't be afraid to draw OVER the tiles.

Greece Unit: Magazine Clipping Mosaics Tutorial-The Unlikely Homeschool

Cut around the perimeter of the mosaic.

Greece Unit: Magazine Clipping Mosaics Tutorial-The Unlikely Homeschool

Ta-dah!  You have a beautifully crafted mosaic just like those made by the artists of ancient Greece.


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