Friday, March 18, 2016

Almost Complete

The map mural at Bradley Beach is almost complete. All that is needed is a little bit of Monmouth County and some tile around Newark. All of the students names will be placed in the "dent' at Trenton ( which is PA!) Once the gluing is complete, the mural will be grouted. Looking forward to the dedication and the students reaction to seeing the completed mural. Had a fantastic experience working with art teacher Jennifer DiZefalo and the 4th grade class.

Friday, February 19, 2016


Today I started gluing the ceramic pieces to the wall. So excited to finally start to see the mural take shape in full scale.

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.