Mosaic Art With Kids

kid mosaics

I am in love with mosaics. From the time I majored in Ceramics in college, I have been inspired by all of those tiny little bits of material that can be arranged to create a finished piece, full of movement and texture, that seemingly takes on a life of its own.

ariel finelt shoemaker corporate mosaic piece
Ariel Finelt Shoemaker corporate mosaic piece

Recently I was virtually introduced to mosaic artist Ariel Finelt Shoemaker, by Mia from Pragmatic Mom. Mia had the opportunity to visit Ariel’s studio and have a chat with her, and I found out that she had taught a 10-day class to kids on mosaics, with phenomenal results.

I wanted to learn a bit more about this, because I feel like kids aren’t usually given the opportunity to focus on 1 project for an extended period of time, and it’s a great exercise in FOCUS. Kids are so used to whipping out art projects in a few hurried school periods that they don’t really follow through on taking ownership of a big project from planning to hours of work, to a large finished product.

From Ariel:

In those 10 days, I taught a curriculum that I wrote called Mosaics Through the Lens of Chuck Close.  The children ultimately completed a 9 sq foot self portrait using mosaic glass that I provided and taught the kids how to use.  Amazing results.  The kids used the “art works” as table tops, wall hangings, back drops in the pool area at their homes, etc.  Very cool project.


kid mosaic project


children's mosaics project


children's mosaic project


children's mosaic project


kid mosaics

Ariel is a MA-based mosaic artist, and she focuses on custom home and corporate pieces now. Please visit her site and take a look through her portfolio page to get an idea of her other pieces – she can ship her gorgeous work worldwide.

Mia did a great write-up on Ariel on her local Newton, MA blog, I Love Newton. Click on over to see more mosaic pieces and learn a little more about Ariel.


butterfly mosaic kit

This Melissa and Doug mosaic-by-number kit would be great for kids a little older. Ages 6-14

What do you think?

Written by Joanne Gonzales

Joanne Gonzales has a passion for getting creative. Whether she is making personalized DIY gifts or taking part in larger arts and crafts projects, she puts her all into making new and beautiful things.

She lives with a group of close friends and believes in the natural way of life. Joanne has built an outdoor arts and crafts gallery that overlooks the countryside in her hometown, which is where all of her creations come to life.

Art started off as a hobby, but over time Joanne has mastered her skills and sold some of her favorite pieces. She works full time as a florist and has done for many years. It helps keep her creative juices flowing and she hopes to one day open her own florist shop with a twist.


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  1. Wow I love the way those mosiacs turned out! I’m sure they filled the kids with a great sense of accomplishment when they finished. I do agree witb you that a longer project is a good idea for children to take part in and this worksbop sounds great.

  2. This is a great idea! You most definitely have some wonderful ideas for when my children are a bit older. I am going to start following you so that I can bookmark some of your ideas for a later date!

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