Mosaic is a type of art using small pieces of tile or other materials stuck onto a base to create an overall design. It is different from collages, as mosaics create a larger image using smaller pieces, whereas collages do not necessarily create an overall picture.
The few basic items required to make mosaics, are a base (usually made of plywood), mosaic materials (e.g. small pieces of ceramic or glass tiles, beads, small rocks) and glue. Children will first sketch their design on the base, then fill in the sketch by gluing on the mosaic material.
Mosaic is an ideal art form for children to express themselves creatively. As an art form, its simplicity allows children to create beautiful sceneries using a vast array of design and materials. Children love to see the different colors and patterns of a finished mosaic. They love the many options that they have available when creating their own work especially the small pieces of colored glass, beads or other decorative materials stuck onto a base to create an overall design.
Mosaic designs are only limited by the kids’ imaginations. Children can get inspiration from their passions or the world around them like animals, sports, and fashion. The experience of mosaic art gives children an immense satisfaction in putting together a finished piece of work.