Magazine Mosaics

One of my favorite art / history projects to do with my kids is to make a “Magazine Mosaic” — it’s really just a collage, but the word mosaic gives it some nice alliteration, don’t you think.

Here’s how it works: save your old magazines (if you subscribe to them) for a few months. Certain magazines work best for this — National Geographic, Time, Life, Newsweek, anything that covers global events and human interest stories. If you don’t buy or subscribe to these magazines (or if you’d like to get an abundance of them) visit your local library or Goodwill store. Very often, you can find older editions of these magazines for dirt cheap. (We buy National Geographics for a quarter each).

Next, choose a theme. Almost a year ago, my wife had the girls create a “Visioon Board,” a collage filled with images of hopes, dreams, and goals they would like to achieve. During a science unit, I had the girls cut out images of the different ecological environments: tundra, desert, rain forest, etc. Using the magazine pictures they created environment backgrounds, and then found animal photographs (or drew pictures of their own) to place into the foreground.

Now, a lot of people cherish their old magazines and want to keep them in storage for years and years. In that case, this project might not appeal to you. However, in my family’s case, I learned long ago that after reading the magazines they just hang around in the bathroom, until our magazine rack is chock full. So now our rule with magazines is this: read them thoroughly, use them for creative purposes, and hang our favorites on the wall!

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I am the very lucky father of two incredible kids. My wife and I have been homeschooling since 2002. We are fortunate to live in a very "homeschool friendly" community. When I'm not playing or reading with the children, I teach at a local college. Thank you for sharing my family's educational journey. As of August 2008, I have just begun writing in this blog. Many of the previous articles were written by Marye, and to honor her contributions, I would like to keep her biographical information: Marye's Profile: I am a mom of 8..have homeschooled all of them and graduated 2 so far..Our oldest (25) is married with 2 children and living in Pa., our next (22) is serving in the Air Force and has completed one tour of Iraq..Our 15 yr old is planning on entering the Marine Corps at 17 if he can get his high school done by then...and he wants to do missions in Angola. Our 13 yr old plays clarinet and is trying to get good enough to qualify for Marine Corps Band...Our 11 year old is our resident botanist...and loves horses and showing our dairy goats. Our 8 year old has discovered the Box Car Children, our 7 year old is our super hero artist and our 4 year old is, of course, the family royalty. My husband is Marine Corps, Medically retired, and I am also a vet...We were linguists in the military, he Iraqi and me, Czech. Hmm...we live in a 4300 sq ft farmhouse that we are restoring, and have 3 horses,5 goats, and 27 chickens, a dog, and a cat. In my spare time I work out at the gym, spin fiber, cook, read, and sew...I might think of more later ...

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