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Re: Mosaics

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Sat, 27 Nov 1999 23:29:52 EST

The mosaic art form had it's start in the Sumerian custom of covering
walls with baked clay cones and shells (about 2000 B.C.) In the
Mediterranean region, mosaics were invented as use as a floor covering.
Small pebbles from beaches and rivers were set in plaster. It was soon
discovered that the stones could be arranged to form a pattern, usually
geometric. Eventually more complex pictures were created. The most famous
pebble mosaic was done by Philip of Macedon in 348 B.C.
Eventually the stones were cut to fit exact shapes and glass was also used to
give more variety of color. The Romans perfected the mosaic art form and
many can still be seen today. The used strong colors and simple outlines.
Tthe early Christians and Bysantine artists used thiss technique in their
early churches.
This is a simple outline that I give my fifth graders when we study
mosaics. We also have a chapter in our art book that we study. Their project
was created with paper based on insects. It was a group project allowing
them to create a larger mosaic.
Check your local museum for any examples they might have.

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