We are working away at the mosaic panels for Woodriver Elementary. The kids are great – really sweet, hardworking, and respectful. It’s a fun change of pace for me.
I get about a third of a classroom at a time, and while some of the kids are down in the multipurpose room working with me, their classmates are making big cut paper mosaics.
One thing that was very important both to me and the school was that this look and feel like “kid art.” It is easy for an artist to let his or her hand take over the design. To make sure that this didn’t happen, I chose elements from drawings that the students did, projected them onto tile board, and then traced the enlarged images. I am trying to get some imagery from all grade levels and classrooms packed in there somewhere. In the end I hope to end up with four 3’x5′ mosaic panels. I also think it’s important that kids have a chance to make art with good materials, so we ordered a bunch of really nice tile from Hakatai. This is the third project I’ve done using their classic series glass tile and everyone loves the colors and the quality.
We’ll be working tomorrow and four solid days next week – wish us luck! Here’s yours truly as a Woodriver fifth grader more years ago than I would care to admit: