St Raphael Mosaic

One thing I enjoy most about large scale projects is shaping the substrate. Of course this can be done on a small scale too, but I personally feel more compelled to do so with large scale mosaics. I believe it is more visually impactful and playful.

The aim of my time together with students from this school was to offer them the opportunity to use their creativity beyond the school’s curriculum.
As an independent artist, I was thrilled to step into the teacher’s shoes.
The students engaged diligently in designing the tree; from a blank piece of paper and pencil, to a full blown design of a tree with entwined branches and detailed leaves that was the final result.

As a symbol of their personal imprint, I had the students trace their hands and create a bead mosaic which was incorporated into the design depicting the blossoming of life.
As we moved further on, there was an overwhelming desire to break the tiles. There was a lot of excitement around this. So, with safety measures taken, every student wore protective eyewear and took aim at breaking a tile.

The project lasted two months. Sections were created and completed separately to maximize our work time.
The students did wonderfully. The teachers were just as eager to learn, and I was thrilled.

An unforgettable experience, and one I’d enjoy revisiting in the near future.

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