7th and 8th Grade MOSAIC ASSIGNMENT Some mosaics are more than 4000 years old. Initially colored pebbles were used to create patterned paths and floors. Most of the time the pebbles were left in their natural form and color and simply set into cement. Eventually these because more intricate patterns of black, white and gray pebbles.By the Fourth Century BC artists added yellow, brown, and red stones and were creating elaborate portraits and scenes. Mosaics have gone through lots of different shifts and changes.From paths and floor patterns found in villas and gardens, to portraits and wall murals found in palaces and cathedrals.While their popularity waned beginning in the 15th Century they had a resurgence toward the end of the 19th Century, thanks in part to Westminster Abby and the Art Nouveau movement. Today mosaics continue to be a used as a means of artistic expression.They are found in parks, on the inside and outside of buildings, and in bathrooms, living rooms and kitchens.Some are still made out of pebbles, tiles, and glass, but they also can contain beads, gems, and recycled materials. They can be done by groups of people or by individual artists.Finally, variations of mosaics, such as quilts and tessellations, have also gained popularity among craftsmen and artists. ASSIGNMENT You are going to make a self portrait mosaic. Included in the mosaic will be your head and shoulders, a border, and an addition element that is meaningful to you. It could be a symbol or an object. Begin with the picture you have of yourself. Pick any color of large (18” x 12”) paper. Carefully draw the basic parts of your picture onto your paper.Leave room for a border all the way around your paper and the other item. Do not include too much detail in the drawing because you eventually cover the entire paper with paper tiles and you don’t want the pencil marks to show through. Fill-in your sketch with the colored-paper tiles. You can show some shading by changing the colors of your tiles. Feel free to cut the tiles into smaller squares, rectangles or triangles). Don’t forget the second image. Be sure to cover both the positive and negative space with tiles but do not overlap the tiles. Finally, the boarder can be a simple or complex pattern but it may not simply be one row of the same color. Below are a couple examples.