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


From: Hillmer, Jan (HillmJan_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Aug 19 2007 - 12:59:07 PDT

There was some good info in the May/June 2007 of Potterymaking
Illustrated. One article was titled "Art on the Wall" about making raku
murals, and another, " A Celebration of Cultural Legacy," which is about
amking and installing community art (a ceramic quilt). Some of the info
is bound to be helpful.

Jan in Tampa

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Sent: Sunday, August 19, 2007 3:49 AM
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Subject: [teacherartexchange] Mosaics panels-help needed with methods

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

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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