Paper Mosaic Bling at Barnsdall Arts
Everybody likes bling around the holidays so this Sunday, there will be glitter and there will be gold foil. And you get to portray yourself decked out like a king or queen.
Almost every Sunday of the year, Barnsdall Arts hosts a free drop-in art class for children and families at Barnsdall Art Park in East Hollywood. Each class features a different project inspired by cultural traditions from around the world. This Sunday, I’ll be showing people how to make paper mosaics inspired by the Byzantine masterpieces in the church of San Vitale in Ravenna. While the originals were executed with glass tesserae, marble, gold, and mother-of-pearl in mortar, our masterpieces will be constructed from glue, cardboard, wrapping paper, magazine cuttings, and some plastic jewels (re my Paper Mosaic Queen). One advantage: paper is a lot easier to cut.
I’d like give a shout out to Lynnda Rakos for donating jewels and magazines as well as to Serena and Gabby Thomas, and Elizabeth Marx. Materials are provided for free to students who are encouraged to take the extras home.