Every summer the Vallejo Community Arts Foundation (VCAF) hosts a two-week summer art camp for youth aged 11 to 14 years old. In 2014 I had the singular fun of teaching mosaic to a delightful group of 30 kids. They made their own individual mosaics (see below photo gallery). They also worked as a team to piece a large mosaic of pelicans (see above) which later on was sold on March 15th, 2015 for $3500 to benefit VCAF’s Youth Summer Art Camp Scholarship fund.
VCAF is taking applications for this year’s Summer Art Camp – click here for the online application.
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.
This mosaic mural has been installed at 420 Virginia Stree, Vallejo, Ca, 94590. This is part of the Vallejo Art Windows project which fills empty retail windows with fine art. This mosaic mural was created with the help of many community residents who helped create individual small mosaics of fish, birds, stars, and moons, which were then incorporated into this cohesive larger design which now graces the recently beautifully renovated Virginia Street, a Historic Downtown Vallejo gem.
PARTY ON THE STREET
6:30-8:30PM Saturday October 5th was the kick off celebration of all the installations and I celebrated with other art lovers in front of this location with music and inflatable lights from my brilliant friend Stan who makes Gigantic Inflatable Lighted Lamps. www.ohyeahtoys.com
We were Dancing in the street!
The Vallejo Art Windows project kick off celebration included an art window walk, food, wine, and music and a fundraiser for Vallejo Children’s Summer Art Camp.
This mosaic is in three parts, each 36″x60″, for a total dimension of 9feet wide by 5feet high. The scale of the tree is large enough that once it is installed on a wall it gives the feeling that one is sitting in the shade and splendor of a real tree in bloom – living art.
The tree is a spirit portrait of my friend, Koko Jaeger, who died at age 44 last November. The principles used to represent her essence were based on Five Element Theory from Traditional Chinese Medicine and also on more whimsical input like what here favorite color was – purple. Metal Wood with Fire loves Purple would be the most accurate way to name this piece. Koko had a mix of Wood Element and Metal Element and just enough Fire element to know how to have fun. The tree and the green trunk and leaves all represent Wood Element. The white flowers and moons represent Metal Element and also point to the very reverent way Koko lived her life. The red stars and sun represent her Fire Element. Overall this is a nature-based design which also represents Koko for she was very connected to the earth and plants and animals. She loved purple so the background was done in mixed purple tile.
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