Magazine article School Arts

Rolled Paper Mosaic

Magazine article School Arts

Rolled Paper Mosaic

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Different cultures develop a variety of designs that fit the needs of that particular culture. In Africa, young Yoruba children create beautiful and intricate carvings on calabash gourds. Polynesians create overall textures on the facades of their homes, on their boats, on their battle shields, and most of their personal possessions.

Thailand craftspeople have long been known for the intricate patterns of their woven silk material. The Siam silks were designed to distinguish rank and importance, as well as to delight the eye. Throughout Asia, surface patterns reflect the cultural importance of their temples, homes, clothing and utilitarian objects.

To focus on the use of intricate detail in creating surface patterns that are so much a part of their cultural heritage, the following lesson was designed for junior high school students in the public schools of Bangkok, Thailand. Most junior high school age students enjoy repetitive activities like weaving, printing, mosaics, etc. Therefore, this art activity--consisting of repetitive cutting, rolling, and gluing round paper coils into a visual form--proved to be very successful for students who are experiencing dramatic changes in their psychological, physiological, and biological development.


To create a visual form involving repeated elements and intricate pattern.


No special materials are needed other than those found in most art classrooms: scissors, straightedge or ruler, glue bottles or glue sticks, assorted colored construction paper, handmade paper, magazines, etc. …

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