Tuesday, August 2, 2011

My Mosaics Creations!

Every year I make samples of mosaics while my students are working on their own projects. I find that if they see me making something they are more excited about their own work and they try harder to put thought in the decisions they make in terms of workmanship and technique.

For the basic mosaics course I made two designs. The one below used lots of nipped tiles, rather than smashed. It will become the display piece for future lessons. The second design I made will not be posted because it is SURPRISE gift for someone:

For the unleashed course (3D!) I made several examples. First was the set of three stacking boxes. I have yet to finish the edges and interior, which I intend to paint. The mosaic on these was done with glass tiles and gems, rather than ceramic shards. Second was a set of three small pots in my favorite color scheme -- red, white, and black! These combined carefully nipped square tiles and red gems.

For the mini, I made a simple central design with a border. Again I used lots of nipping to get tiny tile pieces and regulated sizes.

My mosaics, or others custom made in a similar manner, can be purchased if anyone is interested in having one. The larger designs make good table tops or inlaid patio pieces. The smaller designs are great as trivets. And the pots are fully functional and waterproof as well as decorative. Prices start at $30 and go up to $100.

Mosaics Mini-Course

For my final mini-course of the summer I like to run a mosaics class on a smaller scale. The students work with an 8" square of MDF instead of a 16" square of ceramic floor tile as the base for their designs. This helps them work in the shorter one-week time frame. It also helps use up some of the left-over shards that have accumulated over the three weeks leading up to the course.

Here are some minis from this year:

Mosaics Unleashed -- Upper Elementary & Older

This is a more advanced mosaics class, meant for students with some experience. Despite this I ended up with many first-timers, a few as young as eight-years-old! There were some challenging projects, like a HUGE mirror and a teensy Eiffel Tower.

Here are the amazing results:

Mosaics! Upper Elementary and Older

This summer at camp, I actually had mosaic students as young as eight-years-old! That is the youngest mosaic student I have taught to date. I was pleasantly surprised by these students when they proved to be very adept at handling the tools and materials, as well as staying focused and creating some of the most accomplished mosaic designs.

Here are some samples from the standard mosaics classes:

Masterpiece Paintings!

These two paintings were made by ten-year old students in my very small Masterpiece Painting class. Since the first session canceled with only one student enrolled, I was thrilled that it ran when that same student and two others signed up for the second round. I only have photos of two of the paintings though, since the third student left camp early before she finished hers.

Not Quite a Lesson -- Surrealist Art Game!

This is an art game that is lots of fun to play with just about any age students and even just with friends when you want to kill some time...

While Wikipedia is not the best resource, here is a link to the description of the game as they give it.
Wikipedia: Exquisite Corpse

Here are the results from when I played the game with some of my students at camp this year"

Gettin' Sticky! Duct Tape Creations Ages 10 and up

There are four weeks of art camp, and each week I ran a different mini-course. Week one and week two were soap carving and paper mache. Week three was DUCT TAPE! It was rolls of fun to make wallets, accessories and flowers from color duct tape. The students had fun trying to make their own things beyond the projects I demonstrated.

Here are just a few of the things that I managed to get them to let me hold onto for display; the others got taken home as fast as they were made:

Paper Mache Mini-Course Ages 10 and up

Another mini-course that I ran this summer at Art at Tower summer camp was a paper mache class where the students could make anything they chose, including bowls and animals, etc. Instead of using paint, however, I had them use torn color tissue paper to finish the pieces. I must say I really love the look of this technique!

Here are a few fabulous results from this summer's mini-course:

Sudsy! Soap Carvings Ages 10 and up

At Art at Tower I ran a one week mini-course on soap carving. While the first day ended up being more like a course on making piles of soap shavings, by bar number two the kids got the hang of it and crafted some pretty awesome creations. Some made seashells or their initials. Architectural elements were very popular, as were animals.

Here are just a few of the more successful carving attempts: