Cal Create Lesson 3: Mosaic

Printable Version Introduction  Mosaic is a tremendously versatile medium. There is no need to have drawing or artistic ability to enjoy it. Several other disciplines can be integrated to mosaic, most notably math and geometry. Local artist Daud Abdullah recognized this appeal and has been teaching the medium to many in the Oakland and Richmond communities. African American painter Jack Whitten used acrylic pieces he made himself to create paintings reminiscent of the mosaics he had seen in Greece. Duration for Adults: One or several sessions depending on available time. Adult Objectives: Make a plan for a small mosaic prior to working on a piece. Duration for Teens: One or two sessions. Teen Objectives: Complete a small free-form or planned mosaic during class. Duration for Children: This...[Read More]

Cal Create Q and A

Planning How should I budget for these classes? Choose lessons that rely on disposable or recyclable materials and save your $ for what you cannot avoid obtaining by any other means. I will also buy materials, if it will save me a considerable amount of time or if it will keep kids from fighting. Some materials can be shared, and others should not. I go to the dollar store in Berkeley and SCRAP in San Francisco. I visit the garage sales I see on Nextdoor, and I use social media to ask my friends for donations. I plan most lessons around natural, freely available materials such as sea glass and eucalyptus seeds. I want to reuse art supplies to make multiple projects and avoid waste.  This noble goal is beyond the scope of this Q and A, but if you have already chosen the type of lesson you w...[Read More]

Cal Create Portal

Welcome to the Fall 2018 semester! This page lists the materials I will mention during our sessions. What’s New I have compiled some suggestions for children’s literature with a focus on social justice. And here is Social Justice In Visual Arts, a PDF of the table listing social justice concepts across the ages. Schedule Oct 3: Gel Prints Oct 17: Impasto Oct 24: Mosaic Oct 31: Sculpture Other Great Resources Key ideas to improve your classroom management for art: Five Great Principles, and Answers to Your Questions. Jessica from the Art of Education has some great attention getters for the art classroom, and exit slip examples for all ages! Here is a PDF for teens and adults you can use right away: Exit.Slip.