The finished glass mural measures 36" x 36", and is installed in the school cafeteria.
I was able to get into the school over Thanksgiving vacation week to install the mural. 4-5 people were on hand to assist, and thankfully, my three kids sat quietly while we worked. We screwed the mosaic directly into the wall, and then I glued the final tesserae over the screws. I went back the next day and grouted the last small remaining areas, and covered the mosaic with paper until the unveiling. Here are a few pictures from the last day of work.
Today was the grand unveiling of the mosaic. It was held during eighth grade lunch, so all of eighth grade could be there, as well as the few 7th graders that were involved in the project. After a few words, the students were able to pull down the paper and see the finished product!
Pictured below are most of the students that worked on the project:
This is a photo of me with the school art teacher Ms Nickerson. I am so grateful for her help, and the use of her classroom!
I'm thankful for the opportunity to work with the after school students in this school. I'm happy to say, the values listed on this tree were values students demonstrated in my time working with them. What a great school, and community of students!
Today was our last day to work on our community mosaic project. Pictured above are 10 out of the 12 students that worked on this project.
Students finished filling in the tree. They were so excited to glue down the last few pieces.
The rest of the class worked to cut and glue the pieces for the sky. Once the glue is dry I will bring everything home and finish up the sky background. Then I will grout the final piece and paint the edges to match the grout. I hope to install this over Thanksgiving break. That way, when the students come back to school we can have our grand unveiling!
Students made incredible progress today! The green section of the tree is almost all filled in! It should easily be completed during our next (and last!) session.
Students also worked to cut stained glass into squares and rectangles, to start filling in the sky section. It is looking great!
We even had a couple of students interested in making triangles! Here is a photo of one student making amazingly accurate, small triangles. I can't wait to see how he wants to arrange them.
This is how the project is looking, now that I glued down the work the students had taped.
Stay tuned for our last session which will be next week!
Last week Maine had a wind storm that knocked down lots of trees, and over 500,000 people lost power; including me! It took 6 days to get our power back, due to a large tree near my house that took out some lines and blocked the road. Holbrook School was without power for a few days as well, and thankfully, they had generator power to keep school going. So, on Wednesday we were still able to do the mosaic work, and I charged my phone and filled a water bottle while I was there. :)
Here is a photo of how the project is looking so far:
This weekend is the much anticipated SOFA Chicago show. SOFA Chicago is a Sculptural Objects, Functional Art and Design Fair held annually at the Navy Pier. It has an average of 35,000 people in attendance, and sales are estimated at 15-20 million per show. I feel fortunate that my work is on display there through the Society Of American Mosaic Artists. The exhibit is entitled "One Hundred Moments in Mosaic" and each mosaic is just 6" x 6". My zinnia mosaic "Bloom" can be seen below in the upper left corner of the display.
Here you can see more of the exhibit:
If you're in the Chicago area, be sure to check it out!
I am a stained glass mosaic artist from Maine.