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Magic of mosaics

Friday, 12th July, 2013

Junior artists (from left) Avery Connor (10), Aurelia Guest (10) and Halo Hendry (9) had fun creating mosaic pictures at the Regional Art Gallery’s workshop yesterday.PICTURE: Darrin Manuel Junior artists (from left) Avery Connor (10), Aurelia Guest (10) and Halo Hendry (9) had fun creating mosaic pictures at the Regional Art Gallery’s workshop yesterday.PICTURE: Darrin Manuel

It’s been around since 3000 BC and it’s still popular today, as local children have found out.

Mosaic art is made by using small pieces of glass, stone or tile to make a larger picture.

The Regional Art Gallery’s education officer, Ian Howarth, was busy breaking up coloured tiles yesterday for the school holiday art class where kids aged nine to 14 were making their own mosaic.

“I think of mosaic as basically like a big jigsaw puzzle,” Mr Howarth said.

“First, they drew their images on their boards with a lead pencil and now they are laying out the tiles to form the pattern.

“The idea is to design a colourful pattern using the tiles. They take home their artwork. Most of these will be wall hangings.”

The class was so popular that some children unfortunately missing out on a place - although there is always next time.

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