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Monday, April 11, 2011

The Project: Part 1...

A few months back, my friend Norene, mosaic artist extraordinaire ,
volunteered her time and talent (and LOTS of broken dishes) to the
local grade 5 students of Poirer Primary school in Sooke.
This class will leave the school this June to go on to Middle School in September.
Their teacher Charmaine and Norene thought it would be a great idea to leave a mark
of their years as students here.
Charmaine, explaining about the project...
The class is french immersion, so I'm scraping together some of my broken french as I listen to
the class conversing.
 The piece will be a five panel depiction of the school and surrounding community.
It will go here, at the front entrance to the school...
It'll add some colour and fun to the space!
I'm helping a bit with it so I thought I would document it as well as cutting dishes and refilling glue trays.
The first thing we did was to go into the class and get them to draw one picture
each about the school, the village or whatever else the kids thought would show
a story of where they live and what they see around them.
 Norene and I took the pictures home and with the help of her son, Quinn,
we 'interpeted' them 
onto the plywood panels.
Norene and I organized the dish pieces into bags and labeled them so it wouldn't get too
crazy with all the sections and colours of the panels.
This past Thursday we went into the school and continued from last week
gluing, cutting...
The kids are really excited about this project and are doing a terrific job...
Soon we'll be at the grouting stage which should prove to be really fun and messy!
In the meantime, the mosaic is taking shape...
Stay tuned for the next chapter!!


stoneangel said...

Absolutely Fabulous!!!

gz said...

Marvellous collaboration.
Lets hope they can carry some of that on in their lives

Cat said...

This is so cool! You know that this piece of art will be around for a long time and you were in on the ground floor to see the magic happen!!!!!! :)