Pumpkin Seed Mosaic

Pumpkin Seed Mosaic
Pumpkin Seed Mosaic
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Mosaics are made of tiny colored pieces of stone, pottery, glass or other materials, arranged together and set in plaster or cement to make patterns and images. They can be used to decorate a floor, a wall or in some cases a ceiling. Make your own mosaic ... Don't throw those pumpkin seeds away! Roast a few and paint the rest for a spectacular work of art.

What You Need

Pumpkin Seeds (clean)
Tempera paint (dark colors)
Paint brush
Shallow container
Thick paper (poster board)
Wax paper or newspaper

What You Do

Have students choose a few paint colors.
Put the seeds into a shallow dish, squirt some paint on the seeds and mix the paint around until all seeds are covered in paint. They should do this for as many colors as they need.

Spread the seeds out on wax paper (or newspaper) and let dry.

While they are waiting for the seeds to dry, students can draw a picture onto their poster paper. Some ideas include masks, fish or wild designs.
Remind students to keep it simple, remember, they will be "coloring in" with seeds.

When the seeds are dry, they can be arranged and glued onto the poster paper in the appropriate areas.

***If you are feeling really adventurous, try using plaster instead of glue to create the mosaics. Just remind students to work quickly as plaster has a very quick set time. Also, never pour plaster down the sink. Wait for it to dry and throw it in the garbage.

***You can always use dried beans, lentils, popcorn or other types of seeds for this project ... you don't need to use pumpkin seeds. In fact, if you use dried beans, you can leave them in their natural colorful state (black eyed peas, red kidney beans etc).


About The Author

Andrea Mulder-Slater is an artist, writer and art educator who has been involved in teaching and writing about art since 1993. In addition to leading art and art history classes and workshops at the elementary, secondary and post-secondary levels, Andrea has worked as a curriculum designer and educational consultant on various art education projects. She is the co-founder and producer of KinderArt.com