Art Classes: Level II

Lesson II-16: The Mosaic From Israel

The lesson is suitable for students in grade 3 through adult.

Lesson Description:

Israel is a land full of history, ancient and modern. It's a holy site for three religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. It's a land of lush agriculture and barren desert, and a treasure of art, architecture and archeology. Must-see sites include the golden stone buildings of Jerusalem, the ruins of homes from Biblical times, Roman ruins, and Byzantine buildings. Look a little closer, and inside many of the country’s architectural finds you will discover mosaics: inside Herod’s palaces, in the ruins of ancient homes, and in Byzantine and modern churches.

This art lesson uses a simple mosaic from the floor of a church in Galilee as inspiration for creating a mosaic made out of construction paper. Students will design a simple object, cut paper “tiles” to apply to the design, and then use principles of visual balance as they finish the picture. The end result is a strikingly modern image: think of it as a highly pixelated image of a simple object!

This lesson includes both POWERPOINT and VIDEO versions of the lesson.


List of Supplies for Each Student:

  • A sheet of construction paper for the background
  • A drawing board (12” x 16” masonite works well)
  • A roll of masking tape
  • A scissors (or a paper cutter, if sudents have an adult to help)
  • 4 or 5 colors of construction paper to cut into “mosaic tiles”
  • A small bottle of white glue
  • A ruler
  • A pencil
  • Optional: Glitter paint
  • Small cup-sized containers for paper tiles


Suggestions for Cross-Curricular Connections


Approximate Lesson Time to Complete the Art Class:

  • Introduction and warm-up activity: 15 minutes
  • Making the mosaic: 45-60 minutes
  • Total time: 60-75 minutes


Original Image
Original Image
Designing the Mosaic
Designing the Mosaic
A Finished Art Lesson
A Finished Art Lesson

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