Wednesday, January 31, 2018

A.I.E residency at Broad St. School Bridgeton NJ

This year I am so happy to be able to work with 2 schools who received the NJ Artists in Education Grant. Broad St School in Bridgeton NJ will be creating a mosaic that will be displayed on the front of the school building! All who enter for many years to come will see the work of a group of 2nd and 3rd graders. The theme of the mosaic is "Community". We will be creating two mosaic community maps. One actual map of the area, and one of the cultural assets.  Here are a few pictures of the residency so far, including a photo of the front of the school building. The mosaic will be installed to either side of the front steps on the cinderblock wall.

Mural will be located behind the planters which will be moved.

Working on community elements

Paper collage of the mosaic map. The Cohansey River divides the city.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Wellness Center mosaic at Harry O Eisenberg School.

This winter I am fortunate to have mosaic projects in 4 different schools! The students at Eisenberg School in New Castle Delaware are creating a mosaic for the entrance to the new Wellness Center. The Wellness Center will be located right within the school and will be open to the community. Here are a few photos of our work together so far.

What are some healthy activities?

Stay active!

How can we create a welcoming sign?

Get regular checkups.

Students working in groups

Brainstorming ideas

Adding finishing touches

Happy New Year 2018

I spent my Christmas break learning a new origami model. It is a snowflake designed by Dennis Walker. It’s starts with a hexagon. Once I figured out how to make it I did not want to stop!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Holly Heights Elementary School Millville NJ

This past spring, I had the opportunity to work on an arts integration project with several fifth grade classes at Holly Heights Elementary in Millville NJ. The Arts Integration team wanted to create a "green wall"  and meditation /reflection area in the school's courtyard. I worked with students to create the ceramic tile wall that eventually will be surrounded by a water feature and plantings that will trellis up. We also created mosaic stepping stones that will be placed at the base of the tile wall. Here is a photo of the green wall during and after installation. I will need to visit the school soon to get a photo of the completed garden area.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Summer Work

A selection of new work I created for a series of pop up art shows at the Old Opera House in Woodstown NJ. These pieces were inspired by drawings I created for a mural in Atlantic City NJ. The theme of the mural was "Peace Garden". The flower designs are influenced by the graphic art of Rex Ray and traditional folk art florals.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Evans Elementary Mosaic map completed and installed!

Here is the completed mosaic map of Evesham Township. It is located at the front door of the Evesham Public Library, which is part of the municipal complex. This map shows some of the historical sites and locations in the township spanning the past 60 years and beyond. The township will no doubt continue to grow and change. This map will remain a beautiful art document of what once was.
With principal Diblasi and art teacher Mrs Barber.

Evan's Elementary School Mosaic Map

I had the pleasure of working this past year at the Evans Elementary School in Evasham Township NJ. The school was celebrating its 6oth anniversary. Unfortunately the celebrations came to a halt when the township decided to close the school forever, and relocate all of the students and staff to several other area schools. The principal Nick Diblasi, art teacher Darcy Barber, and I met, along with Allison Hunt from Perkins Center for the Arts. It was decided that I would help the school create a legacy mural, so that the school would never be forgotton. Every person would have the chance to contribute something to this mural, which ended up being installed in the Evesham public library. We created a mosaic map of the township, which reflects the past 60 years, to commemorate the 6oth anniversary of the Evans School. This project held great meaning for me as I spent 8 years living in the township during the time period reflected in this mural. The township has changed greatly. This work will inspire those who view it in the library to, in the words of principal Nick,"explore this mural and find something new. When you find something new, head inside the library, grab a book, and start reading".