DESIGN WITH BITS AND PIECES
The art of gluing pieces of stone or glass onto a surface to make beautiful mosaics was very popular during this period of time. The famous building, Hagia Sophia, was built during the reign of Emperor Justinian. Giant mosaics were created on the walls of the ancient church. The mosaics had religious themes. They were designed to give the viewer a look into the spiritual world.
Make your own Byzantine mosaic bowl. Click MOSAIC BOWL to get the pattern and instructions for this craft. Older students can attempt to make a picture on their bowl. The process takes a lot of time, but it will give the students an idea of how difficult it would be to cut small pieces of glass to make a mosaic. Younger students can randomly glue colored paper squares onto the bowl pattern.