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Monday, October 19, 2009

Byzantine Empire

Hello 7th graders,
We have finally come to the end of chapter 2, but our learning about the Byzantine Empire has yet to come to a full end. We have been learning about Byzantine accomplishments. As we learned in lesson 3, under Emperor Justinian’s rule, mosaic art was fully developed. Prior to discussing Justinian’s focus on mosaic art (a picture or design made from small pieces of colored material, usually quartz or glass, embedded in plaster), Mr. Shulman gave us a presentation on mosaic art by showing us some projects that he has done involving mosaics. He showed us various techniques for making mosaics out of pieces of stone or glass cut into squares or cubes. With this method, mosaic pictures can be detailed and have sharp images when designing pools, bathtubs, and even entire walls of buildings. On behalf of the 7th grade class, we’d like to say thank you Mr. Shulman for an insightful presentation on mosaics.