Children learn in different ways, for sure, but there’s clear agreement that being actively and physically engaged in an absorbing process is an ideal way for most children to learn. A mosaic project is exciting. It is very ‘hands on’, so there is little chance of distraction and every opportunity for personal expression and individuality. What’s more there is a tangible and very desirable end product – a legacy that the whole school community can enjoy for years to come – that will be an asset to the school building or school grounds.
The most popular projects that I have worked on in schools have been:
- Mosaic Stepping Stones for paths, patios and flower beds (as in the image above)
- Roman Mosaic Plaques (see previous post for more details)
- Large format wall mosaics that involve lots, if not all, the school pupils
In all of these projects, whilst being creative and fully occupied, children are also learning and developing a whole range of skills. To calculate quantities of materials we use maths but most of them do this without realising! Participants have to make colour choices, listen carefully to instructions, understand safety rules, co-operate in small teams and much more. Kim Grant has made a very useful list of the learning opportunities
that a mosaic project can offer to children.
The school mosaic packs have been designed for use in both primary and secondary education. The same techniques and materials can be used at each level and the tips for teachers give suggestions for differentiating accordingly, together with other practical suggestions for organising the project.
In the last few years, schools have been especially interested in improving their outside environment and this has prompted better resources becoming available to enable schools to do it themselves wherever possible. My best selling kit for schools is the Mosaic Stepping Stones Project Pack (Garden Theme) for 30
. They have been popular up and down the country and I have received excellent feedback from a number of schools letting me know how pleased they’ve been with the packs. There is also a ‘refill’ for this pack so that the equipment in it can be re-used with subsequent groups.