Every month the website features a special offer on one of the school mosaic products . This month, its a whopping 20% off the Roman Mosaics Class Pack, which is one of the best bargains we’ve ever offered. Instead of £245 – which is actually amazing value anyway when you cost out what’s included – it is just £196 if you place your school’s order this March. We hope you can take advantage of this very special offer.
Year 3 have created a new game for the whole school to enjoy along the nursery path: a story telling game made in mosaic!!
Each mosaic square features one of the circular stepping stones made by Y3, working in pairs. There are 15 in total. They designed images of characters, objects and locations for the Story Telling path that other children can weave into new stories each time they play, as they leap from one square to another. Featured images include a castle; a beanstalk; a vortex (through which you might leap into a new dimension); a blood-stained dagger; a cute dog; a bolt of lightening and more…..
The children made up the designs on templates and then worked in small groups with me and Luke – who was chief cement mixer for the day – to cast them into concrete down in the school basement. It was like one big mud pie bakery down there, except the mud pies were masterpieces that set to perfection….
More images of the project and full report coming soon…..
You don’t have to make a round mosaic fit into a square hole………………………………..
Garden Angel Gabby Nickson contacted me last autumn to request a bespoke mosaic kit for Golden Hill School in Lancashire. They wanted to make mosaic paving flags to fit into an existing paved area, which required made to measure templates and specially tailored instructions and diagrams……
Thanks so much for all your support and advice during the making of the mosaics for Golden Hill School in Leyland. The kit had everything needed and the instructions were well written and easy to follow. The children really enjoyed laying the pieces out on the templates and I got involved during the tricky bits, which was nail biting at times but great fun! I will certainly be recommending the kits to other schools I work with!
Its always great to receive photos of completed projects and hear from happy schools!!!
This new workshop is a great opportunity for all the class to make their own individual mosaic keepsake using real mosaic tesserae, as part of a fun-filled day exploring ancient Roman mosaics that will bring the topic to life for all your pupils!!
The workshop package includes:
- Lively slide show presentation – “Classic Roman Mosaics”
- Handling sample mosaic works of art
- Every child designs and creates their own mosaic fridge magnet (max 30)
- Games and Roman Mosaic quiz
- All mosaics taken away, grouted and returned to school by courier
Children learn in different ways, for sure, but there’s clear agreement that being actively and physically engaged in an absorbing process is an ideal way for most children to learn. A mosaic project is exciting. It is very ‘hands on’, so there is little chance of distraction and every opportunity for personal expression and individuality. What’s more there is a tangible and very desirable end product – a legacy that the whole school community can enjoy for years to come – that will be an asset to the school building or school grounds.
The most popular projects that I have worked on in schools have been:
- Mosaic Stepping Stones for paths, patios and flower beds (as in the image above)
- Roman Mosaic Plaques (see previous post for more details)
- Large format wall mosaics that involve lots, if not all, the school pupils
There are 23 colours in stock to select from, giving you plenty of choice. The selection shown above includes 5 of each of our most popular 10 colours, available to purchase on the website for £75.00 + p&p. Click here to view.
Most of us rely on a few strong characters in our communities to drive initiatives for change and the commitment and dedication of these individuals is to be greatly admired.
Liz is one of these treasured assets in my own neighbourhood so when she approached me just over a year ago, together with Angie and Becky from the Oswald Road Community Garden Group, and told me what was going on, I was delighted to agree to the project.
In their spare time, the team of volunteers has carried out the improvements to the small green space along Oswald Road in Chorlton adjacent to the fenced sports ground that’s come to be known as ‘The Field of Oz’. Planting includes a herb wheel and two spiralling lines of fruit trees and shrubs.
They have been gradually building on their achievements, applying for any community support and grants that they can find. A mosaic project was seen as a great way to introduce some year round colour, engage awareness from more local people and provide a fabulous opportunity for children at Oswald Road Primary School to be involved in making a mosaic for a community space.
The mosaic was designed and created by children from Oswald Road Primary School with the help and support of Mrs. Appleby in the spring and stored over the summer. Once the new school year began, we arranged a date and Becky, Liz and I installed the mosaic together. Here you can see Liz and I putting the finishing touches to it!
An official celebratory ‘opening’ of the mosaic will take place soon…………
I love to work with community and school groups and lead them through the process of making mosaic for their space and these projects have huge benefits in all sorts of ways as well as the obvious visual results.
However, not all such groups have the funding to bring in an artist to work with them and face the daunting prospect of going it alone on their first mosaic. Fear not, for I have solutions!!
Due to recent conversations, I have added to my range of school mosaic project kits the new ‘Outdoor Wall Mosaic Kit For Groups‘
The kit has been designed for community groups and schools alike and is suitable for any age group, as long as you have an enthusiastic project leader or teacher to co-ordinate your project.
Year 6 children at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Primary School in Knutsford have created a fabulous farewell gift for their school – a huge mosaic sign in the design of their school emblem!!
The project has been co-ordinated by Mary Johnson on behalf of the school’s PTA and has involved all of the Year 6 children, with extra help from pupils in Y5, Y4 and Y3. Mary arranged for me to run workshops with the children over a couple of days. They all listened very carefully and worked diligently to achieve these wonderful results, grasping the techniques involved remarkably fast.
Also on hand to help throughout the making process, ex St. Vincent’s pupil Ishbel (who now attends Hull University) very kindly gave up her time to help and inspire the youngsters.
On Monday the sign will be grouted and then installed in pride of place on the front of the school building. It is a lovely way for the children to show their appreciation for everything that St. Vincent’s has given to them during their time at the school.
Workshops for the Flutterby Project at the National Wildflower Centre begin next week. The project has inspired me to create a new series of mosaics in the studio. Here’s my progress to date with the first one:
Can you identify it?
In between hosting workshops, packing up and sending out record numbers of orders this week, I also treated myself to spending another hour on the butterfly…..slowly, slowly…!!
Do you know what kind of butterfly it is yet???