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Re: [teacherartexchange] Mosaics panels-help needed with methods


From: jjennifer west (jenniferjoycewest_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Aug 19 2007 - 08:23:20 PDT

I'm not an expert, but I have done two large ceramic
murals (one indoor, the other outdoor). In my opinion
(and I could be wrong), I believe that drawing boards
are too flimsy. I would suggest using heavier wood or
even better, they make a type of plaster board for
this (sold at home depot). Home depot helped me out
with my projects a lot, they gave me breaks and even
donated money. Also, local tile stores were happy to
donate tiles, however I'm in California and don't know
how your local businesses are?? I know you mentioned
glass venetian tiles, but I am having a hard time
imagining your budget accomodating these expensive
tiles. We used a lot of pre-fab tile that we broke up
into pieces and then re-arranged. This however could
be dangerous with your little ones. We also used alos
of plates and vintage tile patterns that we got from
donations and picking up at the local salvation army.
Hope this helps. Jen
--- wrote:

> Hi All,
> Please help with ideas.
> I applied for a local grant to do a tile mural in a
> 20' alcove of my school. I figured I would need at
> least $2500.
> I ended up receiving $700 and have 500 students in
> K-8.
> I figured out I might create a series of mosaic
> panels and use some old 18 x 24 inch drawing boards
> as a base. I have eight drawing boards and first
> need to clean them off-some have crayon and/or glue
> on the surface. Any ideas for quick clean?
> Now I am thinking of using "seasons" as the theme
> and have grades 1-2 create summer pictures, grades
> 3-4 fall, grades 5-6 winter, grades 7-8 summer.
> Then have students select a few from each class.
> Then I photocopy, cut and paste to find final
> drawing and then transfer drawing to the wood
> drawing board. Finally have students fill in drawing
> with Venetian glass tiles and grout and hang the
> panels in the 20' alcove (maybe paint the alcove
> black first to show off the mosaic panels).
> I have not worked in mosaics before abd spent a lot
> of time devising my scheme but wonder if the mosaics
> will hold up on the drawing board backings and if
> the drawing boards will stay flat.
> Would love any suggestions or ideas and also any
> ideas where to purchase supplies I need at a
> discount.
> Barbara (Somerville, MA Public Schools)
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