Created by Meghan Montgomery, 3L Place, January 2019
Applies to: Creative Expression, Understanding and Participating in Community, Critical Thinking
Purpose: To recreate an image of an inspiring place
- To find images that are visually inspiring
- To process a presentation on a cultural/multicultural place of meaning, interest, relevance
- To recognize that may places/pieces equal a whole when put back togetther
- To challenge visual spatial awareness
- To celebrate other cultures
- 4x6 photographs from a culture of interest, revelance, recent trip, etc.
- Enlarged 8x10 photographs of 4x6 photographs
- Cardstock (8x10)
- Recycling bin
- Optional: string and tape to hang the mosaics up and/or together in a line of flags
*See attached for examples. Our group explored a doctor’s special work and connection to Haitian culture
- Consider asking a guest or member to show a PowerPoint of a place they’ve recently traveled to.
- Choose a variety of images from a place of meaning/interest/relevance.
- Print 4x6 copies of selected images on cardstock, cutting to size (4x6)
- Print the same images enlarged (8x10) on white printer paper
- Cut the image’s border off the 8x10
- Cut the image into horizontal strips, followed by cutting horizontal strips into vertical squares. ***Cut the pieces to match the members’ attention span. For example, if puzzles aren’t a member’s strength, consider cutting the picture into 6-8 pieces instead of 15-20 pieces. Alternatively, partnering up is a wonderful way to challenge quantity. Team work makes the dream work!
- Give each person a 8x10 piece of cardstock - a variety of colors offers choice
- Have members explore how they wish to recreate the images, honoring a variety of styles, similar to how people tackle puzzles.
- Remind members that they have the 4x6 image in front of them to use as a visual reference.
- Once the paper mosaic pieces are all glued down, lift it up to make sure the pieces are securely affixed.
- See if members want to put it on any type of background image - patterned, solid, tie-dyed, etc.
- See if members are up for putting their art together, creating colorful and image-rich paper mosaic flags. Alternatively, members would be welcome to hang their image independent of the others and/or take their image with them to their home environment
- Clean up scraps and then celebrate the group work before the group disperses
- Consider playing music that encapsulates the culture that the group is exploring