Friday, February 5, 2016

Creating the clay symbols

Fourth Grade students at Bradley Beach Elementary work at making the clay symbols that will be used in their mural.

Creating the Design

Students work in groups to create a design for the mural that will feature all the NJ state symbols.

Bradley Beach Elementary Mural

I am very fortunate to have another A.I.E.residency at Bradley Beach Elementary. This year, art teacher Jennifer DiZefalo and the fourth grade students are creating a mosaic with the theme of the NJ state symbols. Students worked in groups to come up with a design. The groups all had a map as part of their design, so I  created a map of the regions of NJ and inset all the symbols into the map. The space for the mural is rectangular, so I decided to show only a section of the map. This section does feature all regions of NJ, Outer Coastal Plain, Inner Coastal Plain, Piedmont and Highlands, with the exception of the top most Valley and Ridge region.This mural is a cross curricular project with fourth grade Social Studies. Jennifer wanted to create a mural that could be used as a teaching tool for the fourth grade curriculum, as well as create a lasting work of art in the school. Here is my paper mosaic "plan"

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Friends mural is complete!

The mural that I began in 2006 is finally finished. It took a long time, but was worth the wait to see the last two panels installed. They are Equality, and Stewardship. Now the Quaker "SPICES" are complete! The SPICES are as follows: Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality and Stewardship. The unveiling was a wonderful event. All of the students gathered in front of the mural and Beth Reeves, the Headmaster said a few words about the significance of the mosaic to the Friends School community. I then was presented with a folio of letters written by students on what the mural means to them. So precious are these letters! It was the best opening an artist could ever have.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Mosaic Owl at Special Services Cumberland Campus

It has taken me awhile to post this photo of the beautiful owl with "hands" sky. My time at Special Services has come to a close and I have to say that I will miss working with both students and staff incredibly. Such are the hazards of  teaching artists who work for  short periods of time as a resident artist. In my case, I was artist-in residence for an entire year and grew very bonded to students and staff. This piece represents the school mascot, the owl, and the hands of every student and teacher at the school. Tracing all the hands enabled an intimate relationship to build between myself and all participants. I am so grateful for the experience of working in this school and for the opportunity of getting to know everyone on such a personal level. Thanks to Appel Farm for making this residency possible.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Mosaic Surf Board at Beach Haven Elementary School

Just finished grouting this beautiful surfboard that is going to be on display at Beach Haven Elementary School on Long Beach Island NJ. Beach Haven hosted a "Clean and Green" evening in April." Clean and Green" is an event sponcered by Young Audiences of NJ. Its mission is to provide families with workshops that teach sustainability through the arts. It is a wonderful program. Many families showed up to create all the beautiful sea creatures on the mosaic. The surfboard is vintage and was donated by a man who showed up and worked on the mosaic too! It was an amazing road trip for me to work on this project. I spent many summers on Long Beach Island. My grandfather was a accomplished organist who owned a series of hotels and resturants along the Island. I have many fond memories of falling asleep every summer night to the sound of his Hammond B3.
 I am so grateful I had the chance to come back and work with the community.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Study for Peace Garden

Last Year, I designed a large scale mural that was created by students and groups around the Atlantic City NJ area. The mural is titled "Peace Garden". Scroll below to see the final stained glass mosaic. It is on the side of the Noyes Arts Garage located at 2200 Fairmount Ave, Atlantic City, and it measures fourty foot long!
Here is part of my original design. This one measures one and one half by three feet. I hope to create a few more in this series.