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
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