Saturday, May 9, 2020

Rossi School Vineland Phase 1

Phase 1 of the Arts Integration Mosaic at Rossi school is mostly complete. There still remains a small amount of grouting to be finished. This is now titled Phase 1 since I was generously given the opportunity to continue onto the wall on the other side of the cafeteria doors. I am working with 2nd grade students on Phase 2. This was a huge undertaking! Many hours and many hands. I am thankful for the help of my daughter Madeleine and to art teacher Dayna Ensminger for help with gluing, grouting, and cleaning. Also many thanks to science and social studies teacher Lori West for allowing me to take over her classroom every Friday! Thanks as well to participating teachers Teresa Jones and Joelle Nash for putting up with a clay mess in their classrooms as well. This arts integration project was funded by Appel Farm Arts and Music. Thank you all so much! I think this is the biggest project I have done so far.

Mostly grouted

Before grouting

Friday, November 8, 2019

Rossi School Arts Integration Mosaic

This school year I have the pleasure to be in residence at Rossi School in Vineland NJ. I am working with science, social studies, and language arts teachers in an arts integration residency that will result in a large mosaic mural. The theme is “What will you leave behind.”? The central image of the mosaic will be a large tree with leaves that contain messages from last years graduating class along with this years graduating class. Students in language arts created word clouds with positive messages. In science, we created tiles that reflect the surrounding landscape/ecosystem. Social studies students learned about the history of the art form. Its a big wall. Here is what we have so far.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Completed "I Carry" mosaic and video at Broad St School Bridgeton NJ

Please click on the link to see a beautiful video of the glass mosaic process at Broad St. School. Many thanks to Mr Boner for creating this document of the process.

"I Carry" Glass Mosaic at Broad St School Bridgeton NJ.

Here are some process photos from the "I Carry" glass mosaic. Ms. Olive Doss again did an excellent job of documenting the entire process from inception to completion of the mosaic. Eighth Grade students created the images from a poem they wrote collaboratively entitled "I Carry". The poem documents the immigration/migration stories of the students .



Monarch butterflies and Hibiscus national flower of Puerto Rico

Bogota Columbia in fused glass

Many hands make light work.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Veterans Mosaic

This past fall I had the opportunity to work with mosaic artist Kathy Casper to create a mosaic for the Veterans Memorial on route 40 in Elmer NJ. We had to design a mosaic that would be incorporated  onto an existing structure and include insignias from all of the branches of the armed forces.We are very excited to have this opportunity to have work in such a public realm. Route 40 is a heavily traveled road, a main artery to the Jersey Shore. We cannot wait to see it installed before the summer season arrives! Thank you to Appel Farm Music and Arts for providing a great studio in which to work.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

" I Carry" Glass Mosaic at Broad St School Bridgeton NJ

I have the honor of working again on an A.I.E residency at Broad St School in Bridgeton NJ. This year, students in grade 8 are creating a glass mosaic that documents their migration/immigration stories.  I worked with teaching artist/poet Jacob Winterstein who helped the students to write a poem entitled "I Carry". Jacob created a group poem from the individual poems. Students are creating stained glass mosaic "windows" that illustrate lines from the group poem.

Jacob working with students.
Drawing under mesh ready for glass

Working on the wedi board

working on mosaic mesh
Working from a student drawing.

Practicing glass cutting skills.

Text and image before grouting

Friday, July 20, 2018

“ Where I’m From” at Montgomery High School

This mosaic mural is the biggest mosaic I have ever worked on. It is 8 by 30 feet long and is located on the outside wall of Montgomery High School in Skillman NJ. The title “Where I’m From” is based on a poem by writer George Ella Lyons. I became familiar with the poem as part of a class I took for teaching artists at Columbia University this past school year. There is a whole website devoted to this poem with the hope that many people will write their own versions in order to find common ground and connections to one another. Please see for more information and photos of this mosaic.

The students at Montgomery created bas relief tile using imagery from their own poems that they wrote with the help of guest poet Jacob Winterstein. I worked with ceramics teacher Tina Dailey who had the vision to create a mosaic that would cover up a racial slur that was etched into the wall of the school some years ago. Tina wanted me to help the students design and create a mosaic mural that brought the community together. At the time I was studying the quilts of Gees Bend with my students at Quinton Elementary. Quilting is a collaborative art form that builds community among the participating quilters. Creating a mosaic quilt in  which each student contributed a clay tile, became the framework for the project. Students designed, created the tile, glazed, grouted and installed this beautiful mosaic. At the dedication, several students spoke about the experience of working on this project. I was truly amazed and touched at how they were able to dig deep within themselves to create an authentic, moving and beautiful work of art.

Detail of inset window


Students installing the mosaic

 Students working on relief tile.