One of the greatest joys in my life is to be able to share what I do with others. As an Artist in Residence, I feel very lucky to be able to spend time in schools building community with students and teachers to make their visions come to life as mosaics. Being a teaching artist on the roster for the NH State Council on the Arts for Arts in Education has given me the opportunity to connect my art form with core standards for the arts. I can address these standards directly to meet teachers needs in the classroom across curriculum. Being a roster artist also means that schools interested in hiring me can apply for a grant through the NHSCA. https://www.nh.gov/nharts/grants/artists/aieroster.htm
From the initial meeting to decide on the actual project and artwork, to the excited expressions on the students faces the first day they see all the materials set out for them, to helping them place the tesserae (mosaic pieces) and seeing the images beginning to appear, the participants are forming important connections with art making. When the students are working together in a cooperative way and building something they all have a part in, there is a lot of pride when they see what they can accomplish. Together they learn they can do something lasting and meaningful for everyone. Be sure to watch the video at the bottom of this page to see a residency project start to finish!
Mount Kearsarge Elementary School, West Lebanon, NH Grades K-4 Mosaic Project
A Community Mosaic Project is a mosaic that any group of people work on together. I facilitate these mosaics for any club, organization or business. This is a great way to introduce community building to any group of people of any age or ability.
There are many ways to make mosaics. Some of the possibilities include semi-permanent mosaic panels built on substrates that can be attached to a wall and permanent mosaics attached directly to a wall. Mosaics can be made for interior or exterior placement. I’m happy to come to you and discuss possibilities. Please refer to the Contact Kast Hill Studio tab for my contact information. If you’d like to see more photos of my residencies or Community Mosaic Projects, click on my Facebook Kast Hill Studio page link to the right and click on Photos. Thank you!
A Community Project created as a tribute a wonderful long time library patron and supporter.
(Below) Hopkinton, NH Schools Mosaic Project Video