Mosaic Paint Chip Art Project for Kids

Mosaic Paint Chip Art Project for Kids

I was fascinated by this video of artisans creating terra cotta tiles. It’s such an involved process to make a single tile, especially shaping each one. This makes me appreciate mosaic tile artworks much more!

Habibi Interiors mosaic tile

From Moroccan interior design company Habibi Interiors, watch as maâlems (master craftsmen) take their time and skill to create terra cotta tiles: From Clay to Mosaics. From The Kid Should See This

The art of zellige flourished at the Hispano-Moresque period of Morocco. The art remained very limited in use until the Merinid dynasty who gave it more importance around the 14th century and introduced blue, green and yellow colours. Red was added in the 17th century. The old enamels with the natural colours were used until the beginning of the 20th century and the colours had probably not evolved much since the period of Merinids. The cities of Fes and Meknes remain the centers of this art.

Patrons of the art used zellige historically to decorate their homes as a statement of luxury and the sophistication of the inhabitants. Zellige is typically a series of patterns utilizing colourful geometric shapes. This framework of expression arose from the need of Islamic artists to create spatial decorations that avoided depictions of living things, consistent with the teachings of Islamic law. from Wikipedia

I was inspired to create a paint chip mosaic art project based on Islamic tile designs.

 

Islamic Design Paint Chip Mosaic Art Project for Kids

I started with a few paint chip strips, stick glue and scissors. I used index cards to paste the designs onto. I used the smallest index sized cards but I also tried it using copy paper.

Mosaic Paint Chip Art Project for Kids

Cut the paint chips out into rectangles.

Mosaic Paint Chip Art Project for Kids

Cut the rectangles into shapes. I made trapezoids and triangles.

Mosaic Paint Chip Art Project for Kids

One easy way is to cover the index card with stick glue and then place the paint chip pieces directly onto the cards.

Mosaic Paint Chip Art Project for Kids

You can also arrange your shapes onto the index card or paper and then move them over one at a time to glue them onto another index card or piece of paper.

Mosaic Paint Chip Art Project for Kids

Mosaic Paint Chip Art Project for KidsMosaic Paint Chip Art Project for Kids

Getting perfectly symmetrical designs is hard, so my hat is off to Habibi Interiors in the video, but even if your pattern is asymmetrical, it still looks interesting.

Mosaic Paint Chip Art Project for Kids

 

Links to Explore Islamic Geometric Art:

Islamic Geometric Patterns in Art

Metropolitan Museum of Art: Islamic Art and Geometric Designs, Activities for Kids

Tile mosaic artworks at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum

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Mosaic Paint Chip Art Project for Kids


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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom

9 Comments

  1. That’s really cool! 🙂 Looks like a fun thing to try!
    Erik – TKRB recently posted…Perfect Picture Book Friday! Who Needs a Bath? by Jeff MackMy Profile

  2. I agree with all above. Looks like kids will njoy this and mumma’s too

  3. What a fun idea! I think I have a few paint chips in our art bag… I’ll have to give this a try!
    Shecki recently posted…Our St. Patrick’s Day WeekMy Profile

  4. What a cute and fun project. We have some paint chips lying around from our simile and metaphor writing project too.
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