Mosaic Fish

For art, our kids have been talking about and looking at mosaics. We looked at ancient mosaics, and I showed them pictures of many of the mosaics we saw in Israel. We looked online at all kinds of mosaics, ancient and modern, and talked about different mediums and historical aspects and cultural expression.  We walked around downtown and looked at stained glass, and how that is mosaic.  We even talked about the art project we did a year ago about healing our hearts in our family, and how that was actually a mosaic project.


We also talked about Emma Biggs, a professional mosaic artist from the UK.  She creates art for the public, the home, businesses, and communities.  Her work is created with the local community or school children.  Much of her work is now held in public galleries, museums and private collections.  This artist is still living and just put out a new show of work in October 2010.


We also talked about Dyanne Williams, a professional mosaic artist whose work displays much of nature.  Some of her mosaic work is made from glass, pebbles, gems, porcelain, and river rock, all elements that come from nature.  This artist began to establish her work in 2001, she is still living and producing mosaics today, and has some of her work in a gallery in Beverly Hills CA.


“Underneath” by Dyanne Williams


In science, they have been learning about fish.  We spent a lot of time studying how gills work:


We also talked a lot about fish having scales.  We couldn’t talk about this without reading the Rainbow Fish!  It’s such a great book, not just emphasizing the concept of fish scales, but really being about friendship and sharing and being kind.  It’s so important that even the baby has her own board book of the story that the kids love to read to her!

Besides reading it, we also watched this little animated version:


That’s how we ended up with our art project of making mosaic “rainbow fish” by using the eggshells from our colored Easter eggs!  They really loved it, and it was so fun to use the entire egg for something.  Using the shells instead of only doing another paper project gave them more colors, more shades and variety of those colors, and lots of texture for learning and shaping and good sensory input for occupational and physical therapy as they placed the tiny pieces where they wanted them.  It turned out really well!














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I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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