Create Glass Mosaics with Teaching Artist, Lisa Arnold at Minnesota Children’s Museum

by | Jul 17, 2017 | Press Release

Children 5 years old and up plus their adult are invited to collaborate on a glass mosaic that will be installed in The Studio of Minnesota Children’s Museum later this summer. Visitors will work with teaching artist, Lisa Arnold to arrange their designs, snip glass and layout their section.

Mosaics are an old art form widespread in the classical times of ancient Greece and Rome. While long in history, mosaics are actually quite simple. A mosaic is a picture made by putting together small pieces of colored glass, stone or even broken plates. These pieces are called tesserae. Once the design is complete and the tesserae are arranged, they are grouted in place. You’ll find mosaics on the floor, on kitchen walls and hung in windows.

For our project, every child-adult pair will receive a starter kit of cut glass, arrange the tesserae in a design of their choosing and glue it in the mounting frame. Families may also snip glass to form their own tesserae to add to their design. Lisa will teach composition, complementary and analogous colors and how to work with glass safely.

School Age Children

This special program in The Studio is only for children at least 5 years old and their adult. Caregivers may bring in up to two children with them. Each session is approximately 45 minutes long and will occur hourly when Lisa in residence.


A limited number of tickets for each session will be available at The Studio before each session. This activity is free with museum admission.

About Lisa Arnold

Lisa encourages young artists to engage with themselves and the diverse world around them by using their life experiences to create art. This project began with Lisa working with students from St. Paul Music Academy by asking them “What’s your creative spark?” and “Where do you get your creative ideas?” Students wrote poems and then drew pictures from which Lisa drew inspiration for the design of our project. In addition to working with schools and communities as an artist-in-residence, Lisa exhibits and performs nationally. Learn more about Lisa Arnold here:


This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.


Dates:   July 11-15, July 18-21 and July 24-28

Hours:  10 a.m. to noon, 1 to 4 or 5 p.m., depending on the day

Who:  Kids 5 years old and up and their adult

Tickets:  Available in the box office on the day of the session

Cost:  Free with museum admission

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