Today students learned to score and break stained glass! They practiced on clear glass, and quickly worked their way up to stained glass. They used a variety of scoring tools, including a Thomas grip cutter, Pencil grip cutter, and Pistol grip cutter. Everyone in class was able to cut small quadrilaterals to place around the leaves on the tree, and some students were even able to try cutting leaves for the tree. I will be gluing a lot between now and next Wednesday. Next week a few students will continue cutting glass, while others start filling in the green foliage on the tree.
See some photos of students working:
Students at Holbrook School are making great progress on the Community Mosaic! They worked hard to nip tiles for letters, they transferred the design to the substrate, they arranged the positive words about the school, they worked on the tree trunk, and they arranged and taped the border in place! All in 1 hour! I love seeing the color scheme they chose for the border, and the bright colors really make this project pop! I have a little homework for next time, I will finish any remaining letters, and will glue the border, letters, and word tiles. Next glass they will all learn to cut sheet glass. They will cut a leaf or two for the tree, as well as small shapes for the remainder of the foliage. If time permits, they can even try cutting small red circles, making the tree an apple tree!
Here are some photos of students working hard:
This little 6" 3D mosaic will be shipped out to SOFA Chicago in November. SOFA is a Sculptural Objects and Functional Art and Design fair. An average of 35,000 people attend this 4 day event each year. Read more here: http://www.sofaexpo.com/
Materials: Stained Glass and Beads
To plant a seed, cultivate the emergent seedling, and help it receive the necessary nourishment to come to bloom in all its radiance is such a remarkable experience. I was inspired to create this mosaic while visiting a local pick-your-own farm in September. This farm is advertised as a “Maine Family Farm Experience”. It has many crops, among them being pumpkins, apples, a corn maze, Zinnias, Cosmos, and Sunflowers. My family enjoyed walking through the rows of flowers, and watching bees work their magic. I imagine the farmers have such a sense of accomplishment at the moment their hard work comes to fruition, and families come through their farm to pick fruits, vegetables, and flowers. “Bloom” represents that moment.
Today was Day One of our tree mosaic project. Ms Nickerson and Ms C were very helpful! We are working with 12 awesome students that seem excited about art! After a lengthy talk about safety and new vocabulary, we broke into groups.
One group nipped tiles to create 3 inch letters for the top of our mosaic. It will read 'Our School Is' and then under it will be word tiles with positive words about the school. We will work next week to try to finish the rest of the letters-those curvy letters are proving to be quite a challenge, and the students are doing great!
The second group broke pre-scored glass rectangles and worked to determine how they wanted the border to look. They came up with a great design, and we will be able to tape the rectangles into place next week. By week three we should be ready to learn to cut glass.
Things were busy and I only took three pictures! Here they are:
I am a stained glass mosaic artist from Maine.