Over the next two months, I have some awesome gust posts lined up on Fridays. Today, Denise Bertacchi from Beer and Gluesticks (Best blog name ever, btw) shares a fun lego art activity with us. Thanks, Denise! Check out her bio at the end and head over to her site and check it out!
LEGO Mosaics are a fun way to combine art with your kid’s favorite building tool. LEGOs are meant to be an open ended toy, but so often kids get hung up on following the directions that came with a set. Show them a totally new way to engage with their toys–through art!
A mosaic is a picture or design made with small pieces of tile, stone or glass set into a surface. Skip the messy grout and sharp bits of glass by working with LEGOs. It’s a perfect introduction to the art form.
LEGO art is nothing new. Maybe you’ve seen some of the amazing things created by Sean Kenney with his traveling show, Nature Connects? Or the eye popping sculptures–and mosaics–created by Nathan Sawaya in The Art of the Brick?
Show your kids that you can make more than spaceships and houses with their collection of LEGO bricks! You can start with the LEGOs you have on hand–all you really need is a base plate for the canvas and all the small bricks from your kid’s toy box. This copy of Van Gogh’s Starry Night was made mostly with bricks from four tubs of basic blocks.
If you’re really serious about making a LEGO mosaic you can purchase 1×1 bricks from an online shop like BrickLink.com. They have 1×1 bricks and tiles for 2 cents apiece. If you’re lucky enough to have a LEGO store nearby, you can also grab a container of basic blocks from their Pick A Brick wall. We recently visited our store and discovered lots of small tiles, though not all 1×1 sized bricks, in several interesting colors.
(LEGO used to offer a Mosaic Creator Set, however it’s now retired. You can still find it on eBay.)
But trust me, your kids won’t mind working with random sizes…it’s about creativity after all!
First spread your LEGOs out on a work surface, or the floor. It’s a good idea to separate your bricks by color first, creating a LEGO palate. You’ll appreciate doing this step first instead of digging through a tub for that elusive last piece.
There’s no right or wrong way to tackle a LEGO mosaic–the pieces can be popped off easily if your little artist makes a mistake or changes his mind.
Mitch decided to make a rainbow for his first mosaic, then added a tree and sun. Simple shapes are a good starting point for beginner mosaics–think flowers, fish and stick people. If your artist is a Minecraft fan, they’ll have a lot of fun creating elements from that game–they’re already square after all!
If your child needs a little direction for a mosaic, here are four designs you can print out and try! Click here for a PDF of the designs.
Beer and Gluesticks is written by Denise Bertacchi, a Midwestern mom of two boys who loves writing, crafting and playing video games. She started writing professionally after reading an article in her community newspaper about a guy who grew a tomato that looked like Grover Cleveland. She called the editor the next day and was hired on the spot. She now lives the American suburban dream with her husband, two kids, a dog and a 10 year old SUV.
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