Robert Semple Elementary hosts an annual Art Day where artists are invited to visit the school, show and tell about their art, and offer hands-on experiences in making mosaic art. The students in Ms Masters’ classroom and Ms MacIntosh all participated in piecing the glass gem circles for the Tree of Life design I brought for them to play mosaic with. They also pieced the trunk of the tree with browns, reds, copper, and golden colored glass in many shapes resulting in a very pleasing texture and color combination for the trunk of the tree.
The event attracted many Solano County-based artists and it had a very joyful ambiance. The school had a lot of student-created art permanently installed on it’s walls and in the school garden. Adrienne Rockwell coordinated the epic event with grace and aplomb, juggling a thousand details and bringing order to chaos to facilitate a delightful and enriching experience for students, staff, and guest artists alike.
i want to be her when i grow up!
a young superman
me and my trusty volunteer helpers
before the kids touched it
in progress tree mosaic
the 7 year old !! students pieced the tree trunk and swirly bubble leaves
fantastic young imaginations
adding in a moon from a previous community art event
Astoundingly high quality mosaic mural by elementary school students! Mosaic mural was designed, facilitated, and installed by me ( Sophia Othman of Moonfish Artworks) with some volunteer help from community members. It was pieced by grade schoolers and their families, teachers, and the Principal too!! here is a link to the TV spot about it and the newspaper article too:
The designs i printed out for the project were laid out on my workshop floor to figure out how the whole design would work and be able to hold so many individual mosaics (we ended up with 75 animal mosaics). i picked a marine animals theme for the mural to resonate with the existing painted mural art at the school. i chose creatures that are native to this area, in the San Francisco Bay and the Napa River, both swimmers and flying animals. The mermaid seahorses, and flying fish were necessary to add Magic, of course.
The design paper prints were used as a guide for piecing the mosaics when i (and four volunteer helpers of my own) facilitated the mosaic making event for the 60+ families that participated in piecing the mosaics. We had at least 140 people there in one large auditorium because each student had to be there with at least one adult family member. We had many families show up with 3 or 4 family members collaborating on piecing their small animal design that would eventually fit into the overall design for the mural.
For the 2014 Vallejo Open Studios I hosted an actual open studio and invited the public to help piece the words for the mosaic mural border. We produced 72 square feet of border mosaic for the Grace Patterson elementary school mosaic mural. Whew! What a day!
In April of 2013 I worked with staff and students of Vallejo’s Hogan Middle School during two weeks of Spring Break to put co-create this beautiful and inspiring mosaic mural.
Title: Hogan School Community Mosaic Mural
Dimensions: 6 foot x 17 foot
Media: Public mosaic mural using glass, ceramic tile, mirror, stone. A group mosaic created by dozens of participants, youth and adults, working in short sessions over a period of a month.
Content: The mosaic spells out the school’s motto, Knowledge Is Power, which was chosen as the theme for the mural by the school staff involved in the project. A large portion of the tesserae (mosaic pieces) used for this piece came from donations from the community. The design element of shooting stars is to invite students to shine.
A personality and energetic portrait of my friend Koko who passed away recently at age 44
One of my closest friends died rather suddenly just before Thanksgiving, her name is Koko. I have been working on a portrait of her rendered in mosaic. The archetypes and themes i used to represent her personality and her energy come from the Five Elements Model (Traditional Chinese Medicine). This mosaic mural is being shown at the South Bay Home and Garden Show in Santa Clara, CA, this weekend. I will post an in-depth explanation of the design themes and how they relate to the Five Elements Model. Koko was Metal and Wood Elements, and had a dash of Fire Element.
It is finally finished and I love the colors and scale of this piece. A fitting tribute to a fabulous soul. Rest in peace, Koko, and my your spirit continue on many more extraordinary adventures and find much love.
More photos of the process of creating this mosaic art piece. I had much help from friends and beloveds of Koko.
detail of roots of mosaic tree
Detail of sun in mosaic tree mural
Detail of blossoms in mosaic tree
Detail of roots of mosaic tree
Detail of trunk of mosaic tree
the beginning design ready to enlarge
First enlarge the design at FedEx Office!
the enlarged mosaic tree design on the wall for reference