Sophia Othman

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“Our Oak” Finally Installed

Oak Tree & Native California Animals School Mosaic Mural

Third Grade Students Work in Teams to Piece a Mosaic Mule Deer for School Mural

Well, it is finally up on the LRC (Learning Resource Center) wall!!  The Oak Tree of Life Mosaic Mural is installed and ready for students to come back to school in September and see their gorgeous and epic handiwork.  You can really see in the mosaic that an entire school participated in it’s creation.  The handmade ceramic tiles all look unique and you can tell each was the creative effort of one student.

Brief Backstory

The mosaic mural is a parting gift dedicated in honor of the school’s retiring Head Of School, Lucinda Lee Katz.  We estimate that over 600 students (Kindergarten to Eighth Grade) and staff were involved directly in the making of the mosaic.  The project started in December, 2017 and was permanently installed on a wall of the Learning Resource Center building (LRC) on August 2nd, 2018.    For more about how we designed the mosaic and which grades created which mosaic design elements read this post. 

Here are some photos from the installation process recently completed.  

Marin School Oak Tree Of Life Mosaic Mural Installed On Library Exterior Wall includes california native animals poppies butterflies mule deer doe fawns quail gray fox gray squirrel barn owl red tailed hawk opossum hare rabbit moths bees

Oak Tree California Native Animals Mosaic School Mural 10’x10’8″

Mosaic Mural Completed Installation in August 2018

These photos of the installation process showing the progression from bare cement board frame and how we install one mosaic fiberglass section at at time like a giant puzzle.  The metal frame and cement board backing was fabricated by Don Carlson, who has been incredibly supportive during the installation process.  

 

The Library building with the mosaic frame ready to go

A blank canvas ready for mosaic fiberglass sections. We are going to build a mosaic puzzle.

The first two mosaic sections are up!

The third mosaic section is up, only 31 more to go.

Notice that all three sections of the mosaic Mule Deer Doe are now installed.

The bottom third of the mosaic is installed.

This scaffold, loaned to us by Don Carlson, was essential to getting the job done.

Hanging around with an opossum halfway up a mosaic tree

The last two sections are left to be installed. I love the soaring red tailed hawk.

One last “keystone” fiberglass section to install with Carol Bevilacqua and Siram.

school mosaic mural installation images from beginning to finished product showing fiberglass mesh mosaic sections

The install team is tired but happy. Siram and Carol Bevilacqua helping. Grout is next!

school mosaic mural installation images from beginning to finished product showing fiberglass mesh mosaic sections

School Mosaic Mural Grouted – Install Completed – Library Building

school mosaic mural installation images from beginning to finished product showing fiberglass mesh mosaic sections

School Mosaic Mural Installation Process – Grouting All Done – One Happy Mosaic Artist!

 

Read more about the design process and our inspiration for this mosaic.

 

Installation team included Siram and Carol Bevilacqua.  Mosaic production assistance by Siram.  

dragon mixed media mosaic mural school art project lead by sophia othman bay area mosaic artist

The students helped glue and staple mixed media materials to create a wonderful dragon mosaic.  

dragon mixed media mosaic mural school art project lead by sophia othman bay area mosaic artist
Raw clay dragon head ready to dry out before bisque fire.

Texture tools were used to add dragon skin dragon scale roughness to the clay dragon head. 

dragon mixed media mosaic mural school art project lead by sophia othman bay area mosaic artist

Red underglaze added to the bisqued handmade tile – ready for clear glaze and glaze fire stage. 

dragon mixed media mosaic mural school art project lead by sophia othman bay area mosaic artist
Dragon head and limbs are created with handmade ceramic tile.

Cone 5 Stoneware fired dragon handmade ceramic tile.  A blood red rich color.  The metal, vinyl, mylar, paper, fabric used for the mixed media mosaic collage are visible where the head attaches to the neck of the dragon.  

dragon mixed media mosaic mural school art project lead by sophia othman bay area mosaic artist

This mosaic project was mostly completed during two class sessions during Robert Semple’s Art Day in 2017.  Handmade ceramic tile, pre-cut mosaic elements, and painted wood panel were prepared ahead of time.  The students completed most of the dragon except where the legs attach to the body.  See next image for completed dragon.  The panel now hangs in the main office of the school where students can be proud to see their work displayed. 

dragon mixed media mosaic mural school art project lead by sophia othman bay area mosaic artist
Dragon Mosaic Mural School Art Project
sophia othman bay area mosaic artist prepares for a day of community mosaic art making
Preparing for Art Day mosaic making activities at Robert Semple Elementary School April 2017

Production assistance by Siram and Anne Marie Sacks and 4th grade students of Robert Semple Elementary School.

tree of life in all its glorious swirliness

tree of life in all its glorious swirliness

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.

 

Student and teachers celebrating the completion of the mosaic mural.

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 Channel 5 News Story in the Cool School segment

The front page local newspaper story, in the Vallejo Times Herald, about the school mosaic mural.

Students help with keeping our spirits up during installation of the mosaic mural.

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.

Individual mosaics pieced by students teamed up with family members.

glass mosaic school mural ocean animals lead by sophia othman bay area mosaic artist

Teachers from Patterson Elementary help piece the words border for the mosaic mural.

Individual mosaics pieced by students teamed up with family members.

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!

 

More photos of the students and families piecing their mosaic ocean animals for the  mural and of the installation of the mosaics on the wall.

hogan_me_andre_8x12 copyThis mosaic mural was completed June 6th, 2014, with enormous amounts of volunteer help from community residents, students at the middle school, and staff and their family members.  A profound thanks to all who contributed to the co-creation of this mosaic mural.  The students will be able to see their beautiful individual and epic group work for decades to come.

Volunteers helped complete the work to install the enormous and gorgeous mosaic mural pieced by students at Hogan Middle School, in Vallejo, CA.  This is a community-built piece that was designed with the school staff to provide hands-on art education and experience for the students in this school which has no visual arts program.  The mural is on an outside wall facing the street and will beautify and inspire for decades to come.

 

 

Mosaic mural location is Hogan Middle School auditorium entrance at 850 Rosewood Drive, Vallejo, Ca.  (510) 415-3916 call or text to let me know which shift you can make.