Age Group: 9-12 yr olds Time Frame: Approximately 4hrs
-Romans -Ancient History -Mythology -Animals -Mosaics -Geography -Patterns
According to Roman legend, Romulus was the founder of the city of Rome. Romulus and his twin brother Remus were the sons of the god Mars. When they were still infants, they were abandoned near the Tiber River. Luckily for the, they were found by a female wolf who had pity on them. She would watch over the two brothers and fed them her milk. The boys survived and one day they were found by a shepherd who adopted them. The boys grew up to be strong and intelligent men. They decided to build a city at the place where the shepherd found the. They called that city Rome, named after Romulus.
Back in the time of antiquity, ancient cultures like the Romans would use art as a way of communicating their stories by capturing scenes of their everyday life, such as scenes representing music, hunting, wars, or gladiator fights. They decorated their temples and houses with images that represented the mythology of their culture. The Romans are well known for their artistic abilities with mosaics, a technique were they would use small pieces or rock, marble or ceramic to create a motif and an image. These mosaics were mostly based on the themes of mythology of animals.
This lesson on paper mosaics is important because it will teach students patience when they create art. They will learn to appreciate the time and detail that are involved in the creation of a mosaic work. This lesson relates to the theme of fables because students will depict an animal from a fable story. In more advanced version of this lesson students can represent a seen from a story. This lesson can easily be adapted to the themes of fables, storytelling and mythology.
"Photograph of a Roman Mosaic in Tunisia (2011)" by Sinthia C.
Visual arts competencies
Competency 1: “To create personal images”
Uses ideas to design their own paper mosaic.
Organizes their production in visual arts by choosing the materials they intend to use, and organizing their own story and ideas.
Shares their experience in the creation of their own mosaic by discussing how they represented their story or animal with their peers.
Produces a paper mosaic that is original and display creativity.
Competency 2: “Appreciates work of art”
Appreciates traditional artworks and media production involved in storytelling and fables, in particular mosaics representing mythology, Roman life and animals.
Appreciate their own artworks and those of their peers by discussing their comic strips.
To learn to appreciate mosaics.
To know the history of mosaics and the how they were important to Roman culture.
To explore the different techniques involved in mosaics, such as the creation of motifs.
To create their own paper mosaic with a geometric motif
To represent a story or an animal with paper mosaics.
To realise the value of patience involved in the creation of mosaics.
To gain an appreciation for the small details in mosaics.
Images of animals
Paper explaining the different steps of the project
Colored construction paper
"My Prototype: Dragonfly Mosaic"
Examples of Paper Mosaics By my Grade 5 Students
Frame: The bordure surrounding an image in a work of art. Mosaic: Artistic technique in which small pieces of stone, marble, or ceramics are used to create a larger image or motif. Motif: a drawing or dessin that is repeated to create a pattern. Trace: To copy an image by placing a transparent paper on top of an image and copying the lines to recreate the same image.