A week of teaching the art of mosaic

Along with large-scale commissions and creating my own pieces for sale, I teach the art of mosaic glass. Last week was a busy week for teaching!

I started the week with class at Coyote Beads in Bowling Green. Participants worked on 12” x 12” windows or large window sashes. As always the class started with the choosing of a pattern, sometimes the hardest class! I have dozens of pattern book to choose from and it can be overwhelming.

After that first class the fun begins; a chance to learn how to mosaic. For the next few weeks, the class choices colors, learns how to nip and glue and finally grout their projects.

I had the opportunity to continue to work with the Otsego Elementary students as their long-time “artist-in-resident” again this year. The students have worked with mosaic projects for 14 years now! Each year the student’s participate in making a few pieces to be auctioned off at the annual fundraiser. This year they made mosaic tables. In addition, each 4th and 5th grader creates an individual mosaic project.

The week also had scheduled my work with the patients at The Victory Center, a cancer support center. The patients were working on pieces for their annual fundraiser, Treasures, to be held on May 15. For more information this event, http://thevictorycenter.org/treasures-experience/. As always, I cannot say enough about The Victory Center, their loving arms of support care AMAZE me each and every time I interact with them, what a privilege for me.

Finally, Saturday morning, along with my assistant Carol Rodgers, I taught a 5”x7” window class at the Waterville Library sponsored by the Waterville Arts Commission. This class produced the same effect as the rest of the week, pure excitement and the fun of learning how to mosaic.

No matter what group I worked with last week, I had the great pleasure of passing on my art form. The most rewarding aspect of teaching comes from the joy and fun of seeing the participants find that they themselves can creative beautiful art.

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