Michelle Cusolito: Community Mosaic Project: Tree of Learning
From: Polliwog on Safari
August 10, 2012 at 08:00AM
Back in June, I blogged about cultural enrichment programs in schools. In that post, I described a project that had just been started at my kids’ school- a large mosaic mural dedicated to the school’s retiring Principal, Jay Ryan. I was excited about the project at that early stage, but that was nothing compared to how I felt once we began the installation.
Joanne Smith, the art teacher, had asked for parent volunteers to help install the leaves and trunk of the tree. Jim Bowen, mosaic artist, would guide the whole process. I signed up immediately!
(Students, parents, staff, etc. had been invited to provide small items for the mosaic. Small leaves and the larger trunk pieces were created in the art room in the weeks leading up to the installation. Everyone had an opportunity to help glue the items-plus various pieces of pottery- onto leaf shaped pieces of mesh.
We would then install those mesh pieces on the wall in the school’s entryway. To learn more, please read Jim’s blogpost about this project).
Jim and I started by roughing up the paint finish with fine sand paper.
Jim Bowen, Joanne Smith, and Jay Ryan.
|All photos courtesy of Joanne Smith|