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


From: leah rachlis (leah_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Aug 20 2007 - 20:07:36 PDT

You'll need this:

and, I am no pro, but I have done a few mosaic's.

This summer I apprenticed with a local mosaic artist and learned alot about
large installations that would have been really helpful on some of my school
projects - like: ALWAYS make more grout than you think you need - because
you'll always need more than you think you do!

I did a number of projects with various different grades of material... from
5th - 12th

With your limited budget, I think you should consider getting really
creative about your tiles. I talked the guys at Home Depot into saving
broken bathroom tiles for me... they usually throw them out, so you need to
get there frequently. We had enough to cover a 3' x 6' table.

(I of course ran out of grout and later cracked the grout when trying to
move the 200 lb table, but I have learned SO much since then!)

If I was doing a project like yours, I be soliciting parents, braking plates
and scavenging for tiles. There are some very cool results you can get from
mixing up the tiles (media).

Sounds like a great project! Hope you have lots of fun.


check out: This is
the artist I worked for this summer - it was awesome, this was the
installation I helped with:,
not this is Juanita's work, I was the helper!

----- Original Message -----
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Sent: Sunday, August 19, 2007 1:49 AM
Subject: 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.
Barbara (Somerville, MA Public Schools)

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