This project started as an after school program for youth-at-risk. Nadine Smith and I team-taught a 13-week program in drawing, painting, collage, ceramics, and mosaic for students in grades 1 – 5.
Using the students’ work as a starting point, we created a design featuring orca whales (the school mascot) and an underwater scene of Puget Sound. The kids made clay seashells, fish, and starfish, and we incorporated these ceramic pieces into the design to add some texture and dimension into the mosaic.
We did the tile-work in our studios, and now we are installing panels of tile-work onto the column. Once all the panels are up, we still have a lot of work to do, seaming, cleaning it up, and grouting.
It’s going to be beautiful when it’s finished.