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Mosaic Art: Interviews

In my classes, I often repeat the words by Dostoevsky, “Beauty will save the world.” Many thanks to Ms Kaufman and Ms Dobbins at Nimitz HS for the April Mosaics show! It was fantastic! My students and I would like to learn more about the creative process and driving forces behind it. All contributors to this blog will be looking forward to the input from you and your students.

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  1. Mosaics are artwork made usually from small pieces of paper then they are glued on a paper with little space between each piece. Then they are some made from glass and put for church windows. Artist make them with vivid wild colors at times to have things pop out at you. If you make mosaics with the right technique then they come out to be jaw dropping artwork.
    I made my mosaic out of construction paper and painted on paper with different types of color. So the pattern could stick out more and caught the viewers eye. I also used different types of brown for the mountains in the background making it the main focus.
    I like how the mosaic of the Dallas skyline is put together from the colors, the reflection on the river, and how its like real thing. The colors of the building are like the ones on the sky scrappers in downtown. Then the reflection is well done with the lighter color of the building showing on the river making it like an actually reflection on the Trinity river.

    Comment by Freddy G. | June 1, 2010 | Reply

  2. I decided to do a mosiac that would have like a rainforest theme. I did the long grass and the and the mud with some water. I also made a snake like if it was moving out the water into the long grass.
    I used some long little pieces of paper and some reall small ones. Mostly i used typical colors like the mud was brown and the water blue and the grass green. I made the snake red with and it was pretty long it took about the whole paper in length.
    I really liked doing the mosiacs beacuase it wasnt that complicated. At first i thought that my idea was of the rainforesr was going to be hard. At the end it didnt come out that bad and it looks pretty good.

    Comment by Jesus Perez | June 1, 2010 | Reply

  3. The Butterfly mosaic gives off a happy and positive vibe. The portrayal of the butterfly flying from flower to flower is one that reminds me of a fun spring day in the park. The artist does a great job contrasting colors to make the mosaic pop-out and catch your eye.

    The Tiger mosaic is very interesting; you have a fierce tiger, while at the same time the scenery is very friendly. The water creates a sense of flow, it feels as if the tiger is ready to pounce on unsuspecting prey. The flower in the background along with the grass adds to the scenery, it seems like a jungle environment. The patters on the tiger are also shown very well.

    The Windmill mosaic is a beautiful piece that can represent many things. The trail to the windmill is like the trail of life it has bends and curves, maybe even a few rocks; but if you learn to enjoy it, its not that bad. The windmill represents father time. As the windmill turns so does the clock of life. The wind blowing and stopping is like the things in our life; sometimes everything happens so fast, while other times it’s very slow.

    Comment by Shane Taylor | June 1, 2010 | Reply

  4. the mosaics are very hard to make. They are also very fun to make. When I made my mosiac I made something that I would like to do. When I made it I tried to make it realistic by making the colors with different shades. I first drew the picture on the piece of paper.Then I put the pieces of paper on the drawing. When i had a lot of pieces of paper the picture started to come. Mosaics are very cool to make. It’s a art style that is cool and exciting

    Comment by delis zuniga | June 1, 2010 | Reply

  5. To make a mosiac first you draw a picture with chalk on a black sheet of paper. Then you glue pieces of paper on the picture. My mosiac was a a dinosaur thing i worked hard on it and when i was almost done i lost it. I liked the mosaic on dallas because it was colorful and it looked like it took hard work and a long time to make.

    Comment by Christian Rosales | May 28, 2010 | Reply

  6. The mosaic with the dallas skyline really impacts me to see how beautiful our downtown really is. The light that are projected onto the water is really a magnificent view. I dislike the colors the reason why is that they could be more realistic instead of a diffrent color which i feel make it plain in a way.

    Comment by Fernando Rodriguez | May 28, 2010 | Reply

  7. My favorite mosaic of the ones that is here is the the reflected buildings image. The comparison to the Dallas skyline is remarkable and evident. The color contrast between the water and buildings really give notice to differece in detail.
    My second favorite piece of work is the boat scene. This image is very trite and the seeming voyage of the boat, feels to me that it is coming to end. I feel that the nearing of land and direction give me this idea.
    Overall I feel that mosaics are great ways to show creativity and expression. Mosaics can be alot more fun creating than other types of art. i really like making mosaics becuause they can say and be something great with little pieces of ideas and paper.

    Comment by Casey Rodriguez 4B | May 28, 2010 | Reply

  8. I like the mosaics because you can make a picture with smaller pieces that you glue on. The mosaics are really colorful.
    I really like the downtown dallas mosaic. It’s really colorful. I like how the city reflected over the water.

    I like the mosaics but i hate the procces and it was messy.

    Comment by Antonio Rodriguez 4B | May 28, 2010 | Reply

  9. First of all I liked to do the mosaic because you get to put little peaces of paper of all colors to look beutiful.
    To start a mosaic I first looked for things that interested me. I looked for circles, figures and over exagerated drawings to give myself an idea. I think mosaics are interesting because you get to darw in a black peace of paper an chalk and draw wahtever you want. I saw my classmates their beutiful mosaics alot of then=m were beutiful with alot of colors diferent animals, places, and all kinds of drawings. We cut alot of different bright colors and glue them in the drawing. I did a butterfly I like it alot I put diffent colors int and some flowers aroun it.
    All the mosaics in the website are all artistics. The most that I like is the one of Downtown of Dallas and the one of the butterflies I just like them alot. All the mosaics were creative.

    Comment by Angelica Alcala | May 27, 2010 | Reply

  10. thwe first thing, i thinks, its not interesting to me, i end up love the mosaic. the mosaic is amazing and very creative. this also is something new to me that i have learned is the reason why i research about the mosaic. i was in interesting with that.

    mosaic first appeared in Egypt about 1400 B.C. and has been produced intermittently for 3,500 years up to the present day. The technique gained popularity in different areas of production, usually for short periods.

    Comment by Laura G. | May 27, 2010 | Reply

  11. ~FABIAN HAGLER -art1: 4B
    First off I would like to say I like the simplicity of the mosaic art style in general. The art style is simple, yet elegant. There are endless possibilities to making the mosaic style your own.
    In my mosaic I didn’t get a chance to use painted paper, but instead I used a variety of construction paper to create the image of a lion roaring. I started off drawing my image with chalk. I decided to cut the paper in shapes that complemented the other shapes I used; the end result, in my opinion, was very good.
    In the examples shown above, they did pretty much what I did, but in a different way.. mine looked almost like some older examples of stained glass in churches. In the end I believe mosaic art is one of my favorite style of art.

    Comment by Fabian Hagler | May 27, 2010 | Reply

  12. I think the dallas syline mosaic is good. I like the way they did the reflection of the skyline. We had a project in my art class we had to do a mosaic. My mosaic was a duck it looked awesome but someone ended up ripping the paper. The next day we came to class i couldnt find my mosaic. I had lots of fun doing the mosaic it was interesting and artistic. We had to draw something than we had to rippe little pieces of paper. then we had to fill the design with the ripped papers. I took us about a week to finished but the experience was good.

    Comment by Ricardo Zuniga | May 27, 2010 | Reply

    • I think the Dallas downtown mosaic is very intersting and artistic. I like the way that they did the reflection of the Dallas downtown buildings. I liked the way that they used different colors to symbolize the actual buildings in our downtown area. I also like how they did it in the dark, thats when downtown dallas lights up the most. It looks good and it looks like they put lots of effort and time on it.
      I also like the boat mosaic it looks like they really put lots of tought into it. They used little pieces of paper to brig it to life. The sky looks realistic because the sky is not just blue its also white and different shades of other colors. The boat look like it camed from a long journey and it makes me want to go and travel.
      I did a mosaic project mine was about a duck. I drew the duck because to me it symbolizes friendship. Ducks are always togheter like family. I wished i could of finished my mosaic but, unfortunally i couldnt find it. It took lots of time and effort and for someone to just take it realy makes me mad. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      Comment by Ricardo Zuniga | May 27, 2010 | Reply

  13. Patrick Mudge Jr., 4th A period:
    To me art is amazing in it’s many ways it is formed. The art pictures above are very creative. This is something new to me that i have learned. It’s shocking how you can make art out of anything. Art is to me a form of expressing emotions that you feel inside. That you can let out through art, either by drawling, and also writing. Art forms give you the imagination and the creativity that is in your mind, but out loud. For me i right when ever I’m in my emotional modes. Away to get the things out on paper. Drawling is when i feel creative, and want to see exactly how it would look. To me I am greatful for such a way to get everything out of my system. Art is very specail to me in it’s many ways it can be formed.

    Comment by Patrick Mudge Jr. | May 27, 2010 | Reply

  14. I think it is amazing how you can take tons of little peices of paper and put them together to form a beautiful peice of artwork. But that’s what art is, isn’t it. Creating something amazing out of whatever you have at hand and using your imagination. I especially like the one of Dallas skyline and its reflection. The little details like how the reflections’ colors are a little more dull than the actual buildings’ and how the color of the water is lit up from the light of the city just makes it that much better. I would have liked to do this project very much. I probably would have re-created the Mona Lisa or another famous peice of art, the best I could, and changed up the colors and design. All of these look very good and I bet it was fun to do. Good job every one!!!

    Comment by Austin M. | May 27, 2010 | Reply

  15. Those mosaics took alot of time and effort. I was literally next to my friend while he did his boat. The time he put into it was astonishing. He made sure that nothing except the water was black. He later finished the water by the way.
    The hardest part was finding the right pieces so that it wouldn’t look all blocky and ugly. It felt like forever just starting it. Not to mention the mess on your hands was bad. The mosaic was probably one of the hardest projects I had.
    The overall project was a good experience. Even though I didn’t finish, I liked what I had done. Definitely not an easy project. The best part of the art is after you stop, you can see how all those pieces make one stellar image. That’s something to be proud of.

    Comment by Jaime Garcia | May 27, 2010 | Reply

  16. A mosaic is a picture made out of litte bits of looks really nice if you use alot of color and shapes.when creating a mosaic you should use your imgination and put your own mix to it.
    When i started my mosaic i thought of a picture that made me happy something that i enjoy. i love flowers so my picture was a garden. i put alot of colors and shapes to make sure i made it my own.
    This was a really good project because it was nice to see what everyone else came up with. they used so much colors and shapes. alot of them took it really serious and and really got in to it.

    Comment by Maria Munoz | May 26, 2010 | Reply

    • What i like in my mosaic is the time you take to do and make a beautiful picture. so putting alot of little pieces in the art work makes it all the more better. Also finding something to make the picture out of was quite interesting.
      For my mosaic i make a snake. i put alot of little pieces in it to make it look better then what it was but unfortunately i didnt get to finish mine. but if i did i know it would have turned out really good.
      In the mosaic’s shown here, to me are really good. i like all the detail and the hard work put into it. and along to that the over all big pictures are really good.

      Comment by Phillip Porter | May 27, 2010 | Reply

      • i really like the moaIC OF the one that looks like downtown dallas. its so colorful and decorative.i like how they made everything look so connected .

        there are alot of beautifel mosaics on this website but i like this one the me it explains so much and it has so much meaning as if they really put heart into what they were doin.its like they were trying to capture a real veiw of the city.

        this peace is very interesting and unique. when i layed my eye on it i could see that the artist tried to make a point about how they was going ton create this.the details are neat and the project its self is just amazing if it was up to me i think this would have to be in an art gallery.

        Comment by Monteria shannon | May 27, 2010

    • mosaics are basically pictures formed from little bits of cut out paper . it’s time consuming and very boring .but if you work hard and actually try they will look great.
      I honestly don’t think the pictures posted are all that great . they definitly could have been better if they spent more time on it .and the teacher really didn’t try to push any of the students to do any better.
      I didn’t really like this assignment cause it took alot of concentration . also it gave me a headache XD haha. i think if i would have tried harder on mine though it would have looked really good (:

      Comment by kathyrin martinez | May 27, 2010 | Reply

    • Doing this project was very interesting. I looked foward to going to art everyday to finsh my mosaic. This project was very time consuming.Cutting each little piece and glueing each little piece was alot of work. For my mosaic I did two hibiscus flowers. It was looking really good but I didnt get to finish,like most of the class! Most of the pictures that I saw that were finshed looked really good!Looking for the pictures to do the mosic was also very fun. Going through and trying to figure out what would look good was engaging.

      Comment by Sarah martinez | May 27, 2010 | Reply

    • I really enjoyed this mosaic project because i got to use all my favorite colors. Also i enjoyed to see everyones ideas and project when put to the paper. This mosaic really helped us express are feelings when put to the task. Also everyone did so well when the shared there ides and help one another

      Comment by Armando Reyes | May 27, 2010 | Reply

  17. I like the mosaic with the city. I like it because they made it look like the buildings were reflecting off the water. They used dark colors for the original building an light colors for the reflection.
    They made the reflection look realistic because it shows contrast between the light and dark colors. I see that the artist of this mosaic was trying to capture the real view of a city.
    In the picture the artist made it during the night. I think he made it during the night because it makes the lights off the building.

    Comment by amber peterson | May 26, 2010 | Reply

  18. The sail boat mosaic is very interseting. It catches my eyes because its sailing in like a dark ocean or sea because its made black. ITs like if its a scary day to sail.

    Comment by Felipe Flores | May 26, 2010 | Reply

  19. I really like this project because it was a different kind of art. You had more creativity with it. The one that i really like is the first one. i really don’t know what it is but i like it because the picture makes your eye move around.I also like the way the colors look together.Like how the water at the bottom is mixed with the grass.i wished they had more detail added to the fish so when i look at it i could figure what it was.

    Comment by Brenda | May 26, 2010 | Reply

  20. the one that i liked the most was the mosaiq of the dallas skyline. i think that one is the most interesting one. mainly because i see those buildings often and its kool to see someone did a mosaiq of them.

    it also looks like it took alot of time and effort. all the piecies are carefully put together and are very organized. i especially like the green building and the reunion tower ball!

    the other thing that i like about the mosaiq is how it shows the illusion of buildings refletcting off of water. this shows that the artist took more time into really adding detail in it. over all its a good looking piece of art.

    Comment by daniel g | May 26, 2010 | Reply

    • There was another nice piece featuring New Orleans. I regret not having time to photograph it. It could have created a dialog about urban ambience.

      Comment by Dr.M | May 26, 2010 | Reply

  21. Mosaics are small pieces of paper put together. Together they make a nice picture. The pieces of paper are usually small and diffrent colors. They use many little papers for these kinds of art work. I got my idea from bird. The bird i chose was a parrot. The reason I chose this bird was because it is really colorful. It’s probably the colorfullest bird out there. In the end my mosaic came out okay. It needed a bit more color and less space in between the paper.

    Comment by Zach Martinez | May 26, 2010 | Reply

    • I really also like the dallas skyline one. It was really colorful almost like dallas is at night. the refletion on the water looked pretty good. As well as the buildings.
      I think it might have been the best one there. Although it might have used a bit more color. It was really good the other mosaics were really good too. The other one that I liked was the one all the way at the top because it was put together very nicely.

      Comment by Zach Martinez | May 28, 2010 | Reply

  22. Mosaics are simply cut up pieces of paper that make up a picture. A great mosaic would contain alot of colors and different sizes of cut up pieces. It also has to make up an interesting picture. I chose to draw the Dallas skyline because it was an interesting picture, and I thought the reflection across the water of the buildings looked nice.
    First off, I started by searching pictures that I could draw and use to put the mosaic together. That’s when I came across the Dallas skyline, it had nice colors. I drew that picture on a black paper with chalk. Then I started cutting pieces of paper, big and small, all kinds of different shapes and sizes. After you’ve got all the pieces your going to need, you just start gluing the little pieces on the paper to form your drawing. It takes a lot of patience and time, but when you are finished the picture will look great!
    My mosaic turned out better than I thought it would. I was starting to think it wouldn’t look like the Dallas skyline, but you were able to tell what the picture was. I liked how I used lighter colors on the bottom to show that it was the reflection of the buildings on the water. I could’ve added some kind of background on the top half instead of leaving it black, but I still thinks it looks pretty good because it was supposed to be nighttime anyways.

    Comment by Vanessa Hernandez | May 26, 2010 | Reply

  23. i like working on this project because it was kool but too bad that i did not fishish it because im too lazy and i liked my wolf drawing it look really kool

    Comment by alexis castaneda | May 26, 2010 | Reply

    • mosaics are made by pieces of papers and takes time also alot of effort then when u finish with it looks really nice because they look like amazing i like the dallas mosaic its impressing also the colors and the way he tryed to reflect the city at least he not lazy i think he did a great job working with mosaics was fun

      Comment by alexis castaneda | May 27, 2010 | Reply

  24. These mosaics were very well down, and especialy liked the landscape mosaic because my passion in life is to be an architect. When i see buildings i try to invision what it took to create that piece of art, and how much effort was needed to make that dream possible. So I really enjoy viewing peices of art that depict my passion.

    Comment by Taylor Garrett | May 25, 2010 | Reply

    • In my mosaic I drew the Empire State Building, sadly I did not finish it. In this case i didn’t do the famous building justice but if I had finished it, it would have turned out alright. But what i did do was pretty good, i think. I went for a kind of worn down look for it with faded greys and rusty looking browns. It turned out well and i tried to contrast with a blue sky background. Unfortunatly i didn’t get to finish that. I really enjoyed this project because it took skill and pacience to finish it.

      Comment by Taylor Garrett | May 26, 2010 | Reply

  25. I like making mosiac art because the little pieces of color and shapes that can be used. There is alot of amazing mosiac art on this website i have seen and i like how they look and how they been made. I also made a mosiac but we were not givin much time to make are mosiac i think that this project requires, time to finish. But i did manage to finish and i like how it came out people should really try to one time in there lives learn how to do mosiac its very fun but if you dont have patience then its not for you.

    Comment by William B. | May 25, 2010 | Reply

  26. The mosaics look really great,considering that the teacher didn’t help them since they left. Everybody did they’re own thing from skylines to sunsets it was all great. Mine obviously isn’t up there because i didn’t actually finish mine.
    The one with the pink floyd thing is pretty badass,the way he made it looks amazing. Its crazy how creative the artists were when they made them. The themes are just out there kind of things espaecailly the names.

    I wouldn’t have the patience to cover the entire page of paper with tiny little pieces i just don’t have the patience to do that. Mine was just a tree on a cliff not even on the same scale as the ones on this website i wish i could of thought something like that to do. Overall im pretty impressed with what they did.

    Comment by Manny Santos | May 25, 2010 | Reply

  27. These Mosaics look like they took alot of hard work. Alot of them are all colorful an stuff. They look pretty cool. Wen i was doing my mosaic i gave up because of all the cutting little pieces i had to do.
    It just got so boring cutting papers. If I knew it would’ve came out real cool looking like the downton city mosaic piec i would’ve finished mine. Whoever did these did a really good good job i like them alot i wish i had talent like that.
    My favorite one is the one with the dolphins. Whoever did it did a really great job. It looks like it took alot of hard work an it looks magnificent

    Comment by Felipe Flores | May 25, 2010 | Reply

  28. These mosaics look like they took a long time. They are very creative and full of color. Although I think they look cool, I do not think that I would have the patience to complete something like this. I would end up trashing what I have done.
    My favorite picture is of the butterflies. It looks familiar to me. I think I have seen it somewhere in the past. Or maybe I saw something that looked similar to it. Anyway, I loike this picture more than the others.
    I like all of the colors that were used in all of the mosaics. They all seem to flow together. There is no odd color that stands out. They are all nice, smooth artwork.

    Comment by Louis Martinez | May 25, 2010 | Reply

  29. On my mosaic I decided to make a Huskey with a Landscape background. I chose this because, i love dogs in general but i love huskeys the most with thier blue eyes and black and white coat.
    The landscape was added so it would give it some background effect, or somthing that goes on behind the the picture. The landscape was more of the huskeys natural habitat, snow, mountainous features.
    I have seen others Mosaics and i have thought that thiers had alot of colors and good texture going on. some used very little peices that took alot of work in my opionion and others used big pieces, and miscellanious colors showing they dont care about it. I personally still think there picture was pretty decent, and others were fantasic.

    Comment by Deanna Galindo | May 25, 2010 | Reply

  30. the mosaic of the city shows you the light side and the dark side.
    i would not have been able to make some mosaics because i have no patience.
    i get distracted fast and would not be focused.

    Comment by Maira Valencia | May 25, 2010 | Reply

  31. i like the mosiac with the buildings. it looks to me like it took alot more work than the others. it is very creative and colorful. the put some thought into how they wanted it to look. i personally would have tried to do something a little more out there to be more creative, but i didnt do them! the buildings look very good though. i also like the butterflies. it is a little original but i think it is cute. i think that the first one would have been the best if it wasnt so packed together and visible. i cant really tell what it is. to me it looks like dolphins, but where are they? i think the mosiacs are done very well, just needed a little but more creativity!!!

    Comment by kayla rourke | May 25, 2010 | Reply

  32. I like all of the mosaics. They all look very nice. Each of them have there own uniqueness about them. Some of them have one background color to make some other part of the picture stand out. I think that by doing this it makes the art work look even better.
    I think that making these mosaics were fun. I also think that in some ways in was hard. I say this, because it took a long time to make them. But the outcomes of the mosaics were very nice.
    I also loved how everyone had their own creative ideas about what to make. I also liked all the different colors everyone was using in their mosaics. I think that overall doing this project was a good idea

    Comment by Rukaiya Lokhandwala | May 24, 2010 | Reply

  33. I enjoyed this project it was very fun and we were able to use our creativity. I used pretty bright colors to make my mosaic stand out & look diffrent from the rest.(:
    I really like these Mosaics. They are very unique and creative. I especially liked the one of the city, the colors are very realistic and bright. The person that created this mosaic was very percise in making the buildings look exactly like it’s reflection.
    I hope in the future I can make a better mosaic. & maybe people can criticise my art too.

    Comment by Daniela Deleon | May 24, 2010 | Reply

    • WHich one did you make?

      Comment by Dr.M | May 24, 2010 | Reply

  34. i likes the first mosak! it looks reaelly interesting to me because it dosent really look like anything but it looks pretty! it gets you thinking and gets your brain goin to try to figure out what does it look like or wat can it be??…
    I think it looks like the ocean, because i see fishes that are very bright with pretty colors. Also green for the weeds and plants and blue for the ocean water. i especially like this art peace because personaly i love the ocean i think its the most increadabele thing thats on earth, because its full of treasures and undiscovered things ๐Ÿ™‚
    I also see a whale witch has alot of blues that look beautiful together. The background is black with for me means that the ocean has alot of hidden things that are yet to be discovered.

    Comment by citlali sierra | May 24, 2010 | Reply

  35. Mosaic’s in general are very difficult to construct. But these mosaic’s are one of a kind they have they’re own idividual story. Thinking outside the box method was used in creating these marvlous photos. Besides the idea of the photo the colors that come alive when combined in each is a thing that true artist apreciate.

    Comment by Rubi Delossantos | May 24, 2010 | Reply

    • As a writing teacher, I find similarities between both creative processes – one mosaic tile, one word at a time, striving for the best possible expression, mixing fact and fiction, playing with images, creating metaphors, following form, enjoying freedom.

      Comment by Dr.M | May 24, 2010 | Reply

  36. I really liked the sail boat in the water because it looked like the artist put in a lot of effort and time. The colors mixed well together, and it was very neat. The theme seemed very peaceful and soothing.
    It was very interesting that the water was black instead of blue? The pieces in each section fit very well together. The placing of the sail boat made it become the center of the piece.
    Since the boat was the center of the art work it was made bigger than the rest of the details. The piece was very creative and interesting to look at. The art work helps create a detailed story in your mind.

    Comment by Naomi Alvarado | May 24, 2010 | Reply

    • “We cannot direct the wind but we can direct the sails,” as someone recently wrote in an email to me on a different subject.

      Comment by Dr.M | May 24, 2010 | Reply

  37. We both loved working on the mosaics this year. It was a different peice of art that we had never made before. Our mosaics were a flower and a cowboy boot. They were very colorful and unique in their own ways.

    The mosaics pictured are all different. One is symmetrical, another is colorful, and some were crazy. We cut out different shapes out of scrap paper and paintings, and tried to see the best way all the pieces fit together.

    Working on the mosaics took a lot of patience and concentration. It took a long time to figure out how to make the design out oof hundreds of little pieces of paper. It was difficult making them, but the end result was worth it.

    Comment by Bethany Hicks and Jessica Schingle | May 24, 2010 | Reply

  38. I have done a mosaic myself, and I for one wish that mine had turned out as nice as these. These are very well done and great ideas. The buildings at night with their reflections in the water look amazing. The windows with their lights on also look great, they were placed perfectly. I enjoy looking at other peoples work. The ideas coming to life is an interesting thing to watch. Imaginations are one of the most extroadinary things on earth. They are able to create great things from nothing.

    Comment by Mike Nelson | May 24, 2010 | Reply

  39. Each of these pictures have their own unique style. I enjoy looking at all of these pictures when I am viewing them. The colors are choosing perfectly and go with each other.

    I like the butterfly picture because of the colors that they put together. To me, it shows how the butterflys stick with each other and I like that.

    I like the mosaic with the building because of the colors and the view of the reflection. The colors are greatly represented in the picture.

    I also like the other ones.

    Comment by Yoshifumi Nakano | May 24, 2010 | Reply

  40. the boat looks really cool it kinda looks like it is comeing out at me trying to attack me and destroy where ever its going lol na just kidding its okay
    and the sky line is just a bad copy of a dallas swky line and does not rezible the picture or any thing it look like a pice of poop lol sorry and the butterfly mad me cry because of its beauty and the art it brings to a simple pice of paper ๐Ÿ™‚ no homo and the fish and dolphins in the sea look okay nothing special to it but nice work done took a wehile to get it done probloy

    Comment by mark espinopsa | May 24, 2010 | Reply

  41. I decided to draw animals in my work because of my admiration towards them. I think that animials are very fun and neat to sketch.
    The colors I decided to color had nothing to do with the appropriate colors for the animals I was drawing. Why? Because of the fact that it is MY drawing and if i want to color a animal a different color then I can.
    I didn’t learn much from the assignment but what I did learn is that drawing takes your mind to a differnt world.

    Comment by The Abel Guzman | May 24, 2010 | Reply

  42. I made my picture about animals because i think that animals are cool and they are fun to draw. its fun to draw thier different expressions.
    I chose the diferent colors because you cannot just pick random colors to do thier environment. the colors are special to the landscape.
    The thing i learned from the end of this is that you have to be careful to everything you do when you are replicating a picture. you can have your own input but you cant make things to where they are confusing to the viewer.

    Comment by Jordan R. | May 24, 2010 | Reply

  43. I think they are all so beautiful in there own little way. They made me smile. The boat reminded me about an adventure i took.

    The buterflies represent beauty. They are all flying twards the light. it looked like these projects were hard to do.

    i didn’t like the dallas one much. it was kind of weird. but it looked okay so i wont judge. But all were good!

    Comment by Andy Le | May 24, 2010 | Reply

  44. All of these pieces in this mosaic collection are absolutely amazing. They have such detail and imagery and they are truly a treasure of the art 1 classes this year. There are many good works in this collection and it was neat to see them posted in the library and even cooler to see them posted in this blog.

    Having created a mosaic myself, it is really meaningful to see how people have responded to this art and how much they like it. Even though my piece was not chosen for this blog, I know all the hard work that it took to create this project. I spent many hours on my mosaic, just like every other person in the class.

    I can not express how meaningful it is to see the mosaics held in such high esteem around the school. It is cool to see that although Ms Kaufman is not in our art class, her teaching a discipline is still shining through in our work. Thanks to all that have helped these mosaics gain popularity around our campus.

    Comment by Matthew Brockett | May 24, 2010 | Reply

  45. Last year I was in Art1 and was able to participate in the mosaic project. My mosaic was a Nimitz Viking man. I started it off really good and liked it alot. I just didn’t put alot of time into it and didn’t finish because school just ended.

    The most outstanding about mosaics is the tile like pattern that you create to form your picture. With different types of shades for your color and different cut outs of shapes, is just a great combination to the piece of art. Overall mosaic’s are great and I wish I had completed mine.

    Even though mosaic’s are cool, I didn’t finish because of time. Well the whole time cosuming part was because of fustration. The whole cuting pieces of paper into really small pieces and gluing them in certain spots. Was just a big headache to me. Thats why I didn’t finish but I wish I would. The students art piece’s above aren’t really that great preety ugly if you ask me. But I got to give it to them, they finished. lol

    Comment by David Flores | May 24, 2010 | Reply

  46. I really like the city reflecting on the water. It really stands out and is very clear to see. They did a really good job putting the pieces in the right spots and the colors are great. The lights on the buliding look great and it looks alot like down town dallas.The white that is suppose to be the water looks pretty, and this is my favorite piece out of the group.

    Comment by Brooke Kalinich | May 24, 2010 | Reply

  47. I am in art 2 and we did not get the chance to make a mosaic. They look like they would have been really fun to make. I started to make one last year but ran out of patience with it.
    The one that stands out the most to me is the butterflies. I like the shapes and colors they used. It looks to me like the butterflies are sitting on a wall. I like that they used blue for the butterflies because its different.
    I also like the first picture because no one really knows what it is. It stands out from the other pictures. I see a pig, birds, and fish but thats just me.

    Comment by shea | May 24, 2010 | Reply

  48. These mosaics are really cool. Since I wish we could of had the chance to do one ourselves. I remember i made one last year but since I didn’t have that much experience in art, well it did not come out good. Since I am in art 2 now I have more of the view of a mosaic and I think it would of come out better now.
    One of the ones that I liked better was the one with the butterflies, because you can actually tell what it is. Also because they did the butterflies of my favorite color. It looks like they did a really clean work of art. It makes me think of like a field of flowers with butterflies just roaming around.
    Another one that I liked was the Downtown Dallas skyline. I like it because I can tell exactly what it is. I made a picture of downtown dallas skyline, but it was just a drawing. It was nothing how they did theirs with just pieces of paper and it seems harder than just drawing it.

    Comment by CrUz | May 24, 2010 | Reply

  49. I like the way you did the Dallas skyline making it look like it’s reflecting.

    Comment by Nick | May 24, 2010 | Reply

  50. these mosaics were great learning processes. these mosaics were great for us too learn how too draw the colors out in the mosaics and tell the difference between the differnt oblects. i really like the butterflys one over the rest…all the others are great but the btterfly one catches my eye with the differnt colors.

    Comment by Abel Depaz | May 21, 2010 | Reply

  51. art in general has been a worderful experience . but making the mosaics was a new experience y was not easy either i mean drawing and choosing the picture was but putting it together and glueing all the pieces was the hardest part(specialy if all the pieeces were small) . The mosaic project made me think more about all the art skills that we have learned in class and it was kinda fun at first but it also got boring and fustrating .

    my favorite part about the mosaics was getting to see peoples way of thinking and how they put all the colors together .

    mine didnt end up in the show in the library because of course it wasnt that good . i had fun and every one did a very good job

    Comment by wnd ramirez | May 21, 2010 | Reply

  52. These students have a lot of potential and their mosaics are fantastic. Why didn’t I think about pictures like these? I did my mosaic on a toucan and I made it very colorful. I tried to make it look nice but it really didn’t work out that way.

    The pictures that are shown here are good though. They basically tell a story and have different colors to exaggerate different parts.

    For example: One of the mosaics has what look like towers or buildings. They are one color on top and a similar color on bottom, giving it the look of shadows.

    I want to make mine look just as good maybe I get mine upo here!

    Comment by Nikki M. | May 21, 2010 | Reply

  53. I’m in art 1. I did the mosaic project. It was alot of fun. It takes alot of time to make though. You have to get the right pieces to contstruct. I had a hard time doing that part. But it was interesting.
    Other people had some really good peices of work. It’s always fun to see a completed piece of art. It makes you bring a smile to your face when you see something cool. And everyone likes to look at something interesting.
    All of the different colors bring excitement to the project. And also to your eyes. It’s cool when you see all of the liile shapes make something so big. It’s just amazing.

    Comment by Dean | May 21, 2010 | Reply

  54. The first mosaic belongs to me! i was motivated to do this mosaic due to the cause that a few days before this assignment was assigned to my classmates and me i saw a movie over dolphines and the ocean. I had the idea come to me as fast as a racing car tht reaches the end of a race. I was like”Oh i am definately going to do a mosaic over whales and fishes and ocean plants!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Well my classmates alos did a fabulous job with their mosaics by the way. The butterfly Mosaic was done by the Carolina who seats just across from me, so i saw how the piece of art evolved! I truly i guess enjoyed this art classs assignment. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Comment by Leticia Castro | May 21, 2010 | Reply

  55. These mosaics look like it took a long time. They are very creative and full of color. Although I think they look cool, I do not think I would have the patience to complete a work like this.
    My favorite picture is of the Butterflies. That oicture looks familiar. I think I have seen it somewhere before in the past. Or maybe it was something that looked like it.

    Comment by Louis Martinez | May 21, 2010 | Reply

  56. I think this mosaic were really really prety and i like the way they were made like with a lot of deteils and colors and desings..
    They all had their own litle thing that makes them unique, it seems like they took their time to make them like they like what they were doing.
    well i really enjoyed going throw the mosaics because they were really colorfull and fun, i wish they would make more desings and post them so i could come and chek them out(:

    Comment by Dariela Ruiz | May 21, 2010 | Reply

  57. Creating the mosaics this year was really cool because of all the different patterns that people made. Creating them shows you that you can really make something that looks nice, and you do not even have to be a great artist.

    I really liked the one of the butterflies. It has alot of pretty colors, and the background is a nice contrast from black to brown, and a mix of other colors in the brown. crreating the mosaics makes you realize how to use a lot of different colors, and how to make colors flow together. You learn what colors go together, and what colors do not go so well.

    When I made my mosaic, it was two dolphins kissing in the water. They were grey, and I tried to make the shades of grey slightly different, and the colors of the water resembled waves crashing through the water. I made the water and the edge of the dolphins appear to be real by making a rounded edge, and having the water flow around the back and front of the dolphin couple.

    Comment by Sarah Jenkins | May 21, 2010 | Reply

  58. I really enjoyed looking at the mosaics because of how fun and creative they look. I like the one with the boat it looks very intersting and cool.and how neat it looks.I also like the others like the butterfly how it stands out also i like the one with buildings looks really good how its designed.

    Comment by norberto gomez | May 21, 2010 | Reply

  59. the one i enjoyed the most was the one with the design of butterflies. It catched the atention of the viewer and is filled with color and value. ITs texture can be seen but was very interesting is how the artist aranged the colors.

    it also has its flaws as well. The backrouned should have more color. the butterflies should have more of a shape as actually seen in butterflies. The rouned parts take away part of the visual of the art. The art looks mostly unfinished.

    the perfection was in the cold colors, along with the veriatys of brown, wich help audience attention. The different colors used on the butterflies helps keep the audience atention. above all it was a great idea but needed more effort.

    Comment by Maria Marquez | May 21, 2010 | Reply

  60. All the mosaics that my fellow students made were full of colors and great ideas. Everyone had something different and creative. I did my mosaic on “The Statue Of Liberty” and it came out looking moderate.

    The mosaics on this website were all very artistic. The mosaic with the Downtown Dallas skyline was a visionary resemblence of the real one. The boat looked as if it was actually floating on water.

    The mosaics gave me a sudden interest in art I hadn’t really enjoyed my art year until then. The mosaics were a different and clever project. You had to imagine things for them to come on to the page. The mosaics all turned out impressive even horrible artists like me had decent outcomes.

    Comment by Taylor Stephenson | May 21, 2010 | Reply

  61. The mosaics shown at the top of the website are very good. All of them are expressing a texture and an image that can’t be stransmitted with realistic art. The proper arrangment and spacing make the mosaics even more interesting. The different material used and different shape desings make the mosaics unique.
    The mosaic that I really liked was the one of the boat. The drawing by itself was done very good. It’s neatness and proper arragement of the boat and the sky give the picture life. The different arranges of the colors and shapes in the sky give it some movement to the eye of the viewer. It gives it a perspective of the wonder of the sky that real art could not transmitt.
    The colors used with the sky and in the boat reflect a meaning. The light colors used with the sky simbolize how clean and bright the sky really is. With the combinaition of a variety of tones of the color blue and white make the sky more contrasting. The boat itself has the same effect and it provides more attraction to the viewer. The overall use of spacing and position of colors made this mosaic good. It is very cool and I enjoyed looking at it. I imagine that doing mosaics can be very fun and hope I can do some good ones like the boat mosaic.

    Comment by Jose Rodriguez | May 21, 2010 | Reply

  62. All my peer’s mosaics were all creative and nice.Many of them were way better looking then mine. I wish i had finished my “Virgin Mary’ mosaic because it was coming out real good.

    The examples shown on the top are creative. The boat can remind you of a time where you out in a lake or beach.
    The butterfly can remind you of a time when you were just out in the day time looking at wildlife.

    Looking at many mosaics made me think twice on art and gave me an intrest in art. Maybe one day i’ll be an artist or just do it for fun to pass the time and show my creative side.Art this year was cool but had a substitute for about 11 weeks or so, that wasn’t really cool.(MRS DOBINS)but overall my art 1 experience was cool and learned stuff I did not know before.

    Comment by Carlos Zarazua | May 21, 2010 | Reply

  63. I really liked the picture of the boat. It is very simple but, it looks really good. The picture looks simple but the colors that this person used make it look like a folk tale.The diffrent types of shades of brown that he used were very well put in. The shape of the boat makes the picture really show off the size of the paper. The blue background really goes with drawing. The difrent shades of blue makes it look kind of glommy, but makes the setting really good. Leaving the water without any type of color is such a good idea. It makes the boat look like its actually on water. I really like this picture.

    Comment by Erik P. | May 21, 2010 | Reply

  64. This Mosaic art are very creative. The color pop out. I like how they make little pieces of paper into art it’s very creative. It’s outstanding. The shading of the picture make it look more reallistic. They did a great job on the Mosaic art.

    Comment by Delis Zuniga | May 21, 2010 | Reply

  65. these mosaic are very creative my favortie is the very top one its inspiring also very relistic.epecialy the colors that are combine together the look really outstanding.

    the next one that i like out of all four is the butterfly one its intresting and out there the artis on that one seamed like they took alot of effort on

    Comment by samantha pinales | May 21, 2010 | Reply

    • The mosaics took a lot of creativity,we design the picture with scraps of papers,which were put together to make a wonderful art peice.I belive that this was the best project of the whole year.

      Comment by Reggie Vincent | May 21, 2010 | Reply

  66. I think the mosaics were a wonderful experience that I will never forget. It really made me think outside the box. Doing the mosaics was also very fun.
    I really like the mosaic with the butterflies. It has a really nice shade of blue that attracts my eye. Also,the brown colors really bring out the picture.
    Mosaics are really interesting works of art. Using different colors and shapes makes the artwork very creative. I strongly suggest doing the mosaic for those who haven’t.

    Comment by Alex Moozhayil | May 21, 2010 | Reply

  67. The artwork is cool and I enjoyed looking at the artwork. I created some work similar to this but not near as good. I thought some of the work similar to mine would not look as good also until I saw these.

    The boat picture reminds me of a trip to unknown adventure. There is nowhere to go but forward and that is how you should look at life.

    The butterfly reminds me of my family. Never separated always together and that’s how family should be.

    Art like these should never be forgotten and always remembered for their own unique style.

    Comment by Dennis Nguyen | May 21, 2010 | Reply

    • I really did not like making a mosaic because it took too much time to cut out small pieces and then glue them closely together. Making the mosaic was not hard but my patience was making this expirience tough for me. Im more of a drawer when it comes to art.

      I love looking at others art work! The mosaics were very eye catching and creative. Everyone had their own style and creativeness which made their art very interesting.

      The boat mosaic reminds me of and endless journey. You cant see the end and you never know where the boat will end up.

      Butterflies usually represent a new life and thats exactly what i see in the butterfly mosaic. Its very appealing to the eye and you can instantly spot the butterflies because of their vibrant blue colors.

      I absolutely love these mosaics but i really dislike the process when making one.

      Comment by smnth luna06 | May 21, 2010 | Reply

  68. I am an Art 1 guy and I found out many things about ways to make things look good. I don’t have much experience in drawing or creating art but I try.
    I found myself doing a mosaic too. Mine did not turn out to be as good as some of the ones that are on this website but I tried. The mosaics on here are actually very recognizable like the one of the downtown buildings.
    I like the colors the person used on the buildings because they it makes it look good. The bird just stood out and really brightend up the mosaic.

    Comment by Josh | May 21, 2010 | Reply

  69. really unique and has alot of colors

    Comment by yvonne luna | May 21, 2010 | Reply

  70. I like the work of the city and its mirrored reflection. i think it is subjected to looking at yourself if you really think about it. its as if there are two different sides of the city that is being shown in the mosaic.

    Comment by Richard | May 21, 2010 | Reply

  71. What did you read for your background research about the place of mosaic art in the art history?

    Comment by Dr.M | May 13, 2010 | Reply

  72. I am fascinated by the mosaic art. What remains a mystery to me is the “glueing method.” How many paper tiles did you have to attach? What did you use for adhesive? How did you avoid or clean smudges?

    Comment by Dr.M | May 13, 2010 | Reply

    • I did not finish my mosiac but the the project was really fun but also very time comsuming and we had very little time to do it. The most of the time was spent cutting all your peices of paper so that your drawing was intresting to look at, almost like an optical allusion. Wheni was glueing i just got all the peices of paper i was going to use for the section of my drawing and put stick glue all over and just started laying peices down randomly. I think thats the way to do it because if you are percise and specfic about where you want your peices it will look more planned, i think it looks better if its randomly laid down because it has more of a artistic look and unpredicable therefore it was its own look.

      Comment by Alyssa Boudreaux | May 25, 2010 | Reply

  73. All mosaics we saw at the library were executed beautifully. Can you describe your technique? What steps did you follow from getting the iadea to finishing the artwork?

    Comment by Dr.M | May 13, 2010 | Reply

  74. what motive have do you have in this project

    as strong and afflicting motives in that picture.
    which was the color that you use this photo to the agarose so magical.

    Comment by jc2 | May 7, 2010 | Reply

  75. Why you do it that picuture and what a you think when you do it that picture bacuase is a confuised becuase when I see first the picture becuase I liked???

    Comment by RC:2 | May 7, 2010 | Reply

  76. what you fell when you were drawing?

    those bildings look like D-town?

    why did u draw that picture were youm using all those colors?

    Comment by JA | May 7, 2010 | Reply

  77. Why did you show a sad and old man as a willow tree? == In other words, how do you explain this fusion of a human face and a plant frame?
    Did you related the picture with personal experiences?

    Comment by eg7 | May 6, 2010 | Reply

  78. Why do you call your picture the “universe” if you only show the Sun and the Earth?

    In what you inspire yourself to make the picture the “universe”?

    have you done some pictures with pixels or with more technology?

    Comment by fa7 | May 6, 2010 | Reply

  79. Why did the author of the mosaic with two birds use bright color in one bird and less bright in the other bird?

    Why the author of the mosaic draw birds and not another animal?

    The mosaic represent something special to the author?

    Comment by Em07 | May 6, 2010 | Reply

  80. how long did it take you to make the mosaics ?

    would you like to make more different styles of art in the future ?

    Comment by cv7 | May 6, 2010 | Reply

    • The mosaic took me about four days to complete. It was difficult for me to choose what the mosaic would be. After I chose what I was going to do it was easy for me. I would like to make more different styles of art in the future. Why? It is fun to do and I like to be creative in my art.

      Comment by Alex Castillo | May 26, 2010 | Reply

      • For the mosaic I chose a cat from a movie. This cat had different cool looking colors on him. I had to change the color arrangement on him because of the limited colors.

        In the future. I would like to make different styles of art. I want to see all the different styles there are in the world. Plus, art is something I think I’m good at.

        Comment by Alex Castillo | May 28, 2010

  81. The picture of the Two Wolves is amazing, but the question is Did you get the picture from your imagination or did you use other images?
    How you decided to color one blue eye and the other red eye?

    Comment by JGR7 | May 6, 2010 | Reply

  82. What was your inspiration to draw those pictures?

    What kind of paint did you use to painted it ?

    Why did you draw the boot?

    Comment by JR7 | May 6, 2010 | Reply

  83. What were yours feeling Drawing this Wonderful Snake?

    Why did you draw this frog?

    How did you feel when you finished the Snake?

    Comment by OL7 | May 6, 2010 | Reply

  84. 1) Why you choose this picture? == In other words, what influenced your choice of the theme? Why flowers?

    2)Do you think this pictures relationship with other pictures? == In other words, how do you see your artwork in the context of the show? How is it connected or related to other exhibits?


    Comment by ss6 | May 6, 2010 | Reply

  85. Why did you make your picture about animals?

    Why did you put different colors in your picture? == In other words, what influenced your choice of colors?

    When did you make this picture? == In other words, how did events in your life affect your creative work?

    Comment by AP6 | May 6, 2010 | Reply

    • I decided to make it about animals because animals are the most spiritual when they interact with nature and thier surrondings.
      I made my color choices based on the way the animal would look when the background would be put in so that the background wouldn’t overpower the main attraction of the artwork and create a sort of balance between the colors of the enviroment and dragonfly.
      When I made the Mozaic I influinced it with the sadness I felt and made it all shades of blue and made the enviroment green to make it seem like the friends I had that were influincing me to make me fell better about myself.

      Comment by Arnulfo Martinez | May 21, 2010 | Reply

  86. Questions to Ruben V.: I was thrilled to see the famous Dark Side of the Moon reproduced in your Mosaic. I applaud your minimalist choice of the theme and skillful execution. This came as an unexpected tribute from a knowlegeable teen to the music of my generation.
    How did you learn about Pink Floyd and their 1973 album?
    Do you relate more to the sound track or to the lyric?
    Do you listen to any other groups from the 70s? Which ones?
    What about your friends? Are you an exception or are there other people tuning in with you?
    To what extent does music define your personal artistic expression and what kind of music other than the legendary Pink Floyd?

    Comment by Dr.M | May 6, 2010 | Reply

    • I’m glad you liked my mosiac! Most people these days liten to whats “hip” annd tend to do what there friends do. I was riased on pink floyd, stone temple pilots, pearl jam, Tom Petty, Guns N’ Roses, Eagles, and many more bands of that era. For some reason, Pink Floyd stands out to me. It always makes me feel good and i just love there music. My favorite songs from them would be Comfortably Numb, Time, High Hopes, Wearing the inside out, Echoes, Money, and dogs. My friends mainly listen to rap and country and other things that are in, but i rairly come across someone who has the same music interests i have. I love Music. I believe music is art, art that speaks to you.

      Comment by Ruben Valdez | May 26, 2010 | Reply

      • I totally subscribe to your statements. Moreover, with Pink Floyd the jackets were very clever. On one CD from my husband’s collection there’s a picture of a man “swimming” through sand. This and the lyric of “Welcome to the Machine” often illustrate what hapens to many of us on a daily basis. When I loose my optimism due to fatigue, I find solace in metaphors. When I was your age, I was crazy about Eagles. I did not understand the text and context back then when I lived in Russia, but the tune reached to the core.

        Comment by Dr.M | May 26, 2010

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