MAION partners with schools to create mosaic projects that bring forth the shared values of respect, understanding and pride of environment. Each project is designed individually which enables sponsoring organizations to best meet their objectives. Students and the school communities have the satisfaction of creating beauty through working together on a group art project. Everyone gains a renewed sense of investment and pride in their surroundings.
Jewish Community Day School, Watertown, MA
January 2017: Humanities Day session leader creating large JCDS logo as a tile mosaic project with 5th-8th graders.
Jackson School, Newton, MA
March-May 2016: MCC STARS Artist-in-Residence: Creation of large (58 sq ft) broken tile mosaic mural installed over front door lobby entrance. Wedi boards were cut to fit inverted 'L' shaped walls. Many colored tiles were broken with hammers by the students to make small mosaic pieces. Clay tile elements were also made by the students; glazed and then fired in a kiln by MAION to use as hand-made features throughout the mosaic. Students learned to break tile, to patiently follow a pattern, use mastic to adhere the broken tile tesserae (pieces) to the boards, and finally to grout all eight panels!
McAuliffe Charter School, Framingham, MA
2015-2016: Creation of group mosaic mural with pictorial representations of after-school Enrichment programs that hangs in the school lobby over the Enrichment bulletin board. Students learned to make circular designs, place their designs under mesh for the indirect method of mosaics, cut stained glass pieces to create their designs, adhere those designs to a piece of Wedi board with Weldbond glue, complete the mosaic using more glue to adhere small square glass tiles in the direct method using andamento to outline and emphasize their designs, and then to grout and clean the entire piece to get it ready to hang in the school's lobby!
McAuliffe Charter School - Outdoor Experience Mosaic
June 2010 - This 42" round tile mosaic is hanging in the entrance lobby of the Christa McAuliffe Charter Public School in Framingham, MA and was commissioned by the parents of an eighth grader as a gift to the school upon graduation.