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


From: Alix Peshette (apeshet_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Aug 19 2007 - 13:10:00 PDT

Is this mural going outside in the weather or inside? What is the surface
that it will be affixed to?

One of the schools I work with recently did a mosaic tiled bench and had a
very slick way of arranging the tiles. They were using needle point backing
and white glue. The kids spread the glue over the backs of the tiles, then
placed them on the needlepoint canvas. The mosaics were easily stored until
they had enough. Needlepoint backing kept the designs in place and created
a backing that could be mortared or grouted onto a surface.

Another school does their wall murals with 3/4 inch marine plywood as a
background and trims the edges with 2"x2" lumber to create a frame. This
takes care of the possible warping problem.

Alix Peshette
(former art teacher, now techie)
Technology Training Specialist
Davis Joint Unified School District
Davis, CA

-----Original Message-----
From: Hillmer, Jan []
Sent: Sunday, August 19, 2007 12:59 PM
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Subject: RE: [teacherartexchange] Mosaics panels-help needed with methods

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

Jan in Tampa

-----Original Message-----
From: []
Sent: Sunday, August 19, 2007 3:49 AM
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
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 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.
THANKS! Barbara (Somerville, MA Public Schools)

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