Math, measurement and mosaic painting

Over the last few weeks, shapes (square, circle,triangle) has caught P’s fancy. The fact that he had a worksheet on shapes, to do as Math holiday homework, may have prompted it. When we had our window panes filled with various shapes, I thought it would be a good idea to introduce P to mosaic painting.

Mosaic painting addresses multiple skills and is one of the basic, long drawn sessions in art schools. It helps in steadying the hand (pincer grip), teaches how to divide the drawing into perfect squares, basics of shading, having contrasting colours adjacent to each other, concept of cool colours and warm colours etc.

Of course for P, I used it to get him to colour within lines and introduced him to the concept of having two different colours near each other. This way he had to think before he coloured a square. I loved the way he planned out his colour scheme to ensure no two sqauares had the same colour.

Since the technique called for pictures that have enough room for sqaures, he stuck to elephant and bappa (Ganesha) and had to let go of drawing a plane. I drew out the sqaures for him, which then he coloured using water colours. P also realised he couldn’t paint two adjacent sqaures at one go as the colours merged, so he had to do alternate squares.

Once the squares were filled, he outlined it with black. He did have a meltdown when the outline of the elephant didn’t exactly come out well, so I had to do the Ganesha, lest his art got spoilt!

I loved how this simple colouring sqaures unknowingly taught P so many rules and facets of water colouring. And yes the paintings have gone up on our ‘door of fame’.

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