By zwackart on May 16, 2017
I have been working with Cayuga Heights Elementary School, in Ithaca NY, on a 4′ x 15′ mosaic mural inspired by the schools values of Community, Respect, Friendliness, Safety and Self Control, Determination, Cooperation, Resilience, and Peace Making. I worked with students to help them take these abstract ideas and turn them into visual images that communicate their meaning. Together with elementary art teacher, Sarah Mountin-Locke, I combined student sketches into an overall composition. Then, students from every grade in the school, made tiles from raw clay. Some made handprints. Some made faces, figures, and other components of the design. And many students made tiles of whatever they pleased! On the first 2 Saturdays in May, we assembled all these beautiful tiles to create the mosaic panels that will hang across from the cafeteria in their school. There will be a grand unveiling on June 9th at 5:30pm, and you are all welcome to attend. Here is a preview of the work.
This project is made possible in part through grants from the Cayuga Heights Elementary School PTA, the Ithaca Public Education Initiative, and the Ithaca Fine Arts Booster Group. Thank you!
Posted in In the Classroom | Tagged art, clay, collaboration, community, Community build, Elementary school, hand print, handmade, Ithaca, mosaic, NY, peace making, public school, school, values | Leave a response
By zwackart on September 3, 2015
We did a 2 day community build installation in late August. Here’s some snaps of the fun! This is the 2nd year of an ongoing community built, artist led and organized, mosaic mural (now about 70′ long!), on the wall of the DPW facility, facing the Sciencenter parking lot (and Rt. 13) in Ithaca, NY. Volunteers pictured here are part of Ithaca College’s Community Plunge program. We were also lucky to have several local high school students, hired as apprentices, through the Ithaca Youth Bureau’s summer employment program.
This year we teamed up with the Ithaca Children’s Garden, that is celebrating the 10 year anniversary of their Gaia snapping turtle sculptural installation. ICG summer campers (Ithaca area kids ages 6 to 10 years old) brainstormed the design and created turtle and fairy tiles based on their plan. Much of the Children’s Garden is represented in this latest panel of the mural. The outdoor kitchen is shown as a building housing a big steaming bowl over a fire. The bulb labyrinth is shown as a big spiral path. The phases of the moon appear over Gaia and six children that ride her back. To the left, a fabulous teapot pours out an herbal brew, from the Children’s garden. And last, a chicken on a nest full of eggs, under a fruit tree.
Please stop by and enjoy if you are in Ithaca. And stay in touch though our FaceBook page.
Posted in Recent Projects | Tagged art, City of Ithaca, clay, collaboration, collage, community, Community build, DPW, Gaia, Gaia's garden, Isaiah Zagar method, Ithaca, Ithaca Children's Garden, mural, NY, public art, Science Center, Sciencenter, tiles, volunteer, Youth | Leave a response
By zwackart on July 2, 2014
This is my third year teaching art classes to the students in the Cornell Upward Bound program. Today we worked on figure drawing and some portraiture, in charcoal on large format paper, with a model.
And the model is a young woman who took private art lessons from me when she was 7, and now she is 19! She is just home from her first year of college. I recognized her at the grocery store and struck up a conversation. Turns out she is still into art! Yay!!
A very positive experience all around!
By zwackart on May 26, 2014
This summer, I decided to make an outdoor shower. This mosaic was soon to follow. The river rocks are smooth and pleasing to the touch, and their understated colors allow the green of the ceramic tile leaves to really stand out. These natural shapes, colors, and textures blend well with the woodland setting of the shower and the other materials from which it is made.
Posted in New in the Studio | Tagged Andrew Goldsworthy, art, ceramic, decor, home, home improvement, leaf, leaves, mosaic, nature, outdoor shower, pebbles, river rocks, spiral, stone, tile | Leave a response
By zwackart on May 25, 2014
Hi there mosaic fans, food security activists, artists, and community members. Here are the tiles you sculpted and glazed! They have been fired twice and are ready to be installed on the wall of the DPW facility on 1st St. in Ithaca, NY, as part of the 1st St. Mosaic Project, right across from the Sciencenter. Nice work!
By zwackart on April 3, 2014
Posted in News & Events | Tagged 1st St. Mosaic Project, art, ceramic tiles, community, Community build, education, foraging, Ithaca, New York, NY, public art, Science Center, Sciencenter, tile making, wild edibles | Leave a response
By zwackart on February 6, 2014
I am excited to announce that I have received confirmation of my selection by the City of Ithaca to create a design for the location markers along the walk and the anchor sculpture to go in front of Southside Community Center.I am in the process of getting input from the community. Here’s a really nice interview I did with Maya Cueva, a reported with WICB’s Ithaca Now program, talking about the project and the importance of community engagement.
And on the 1st St. Project
I also received a confirmation from the Tompkins County Tourism Bureau for a Neighborhood Celebrations grant to hold tile making events in Ithaca’s Northside neighborhood in preparation for the 1st St. Mosaic Project. Mark your calendars for Saturdays April 12th and 26th for the 1st St. Mosaic Project’s tile making events. The project has also secured approval From the New York Foundation for the Arts as a tax deductable giving opportunity through Artspire.
Posted in News & Events | Tagged 1st St Mosaic, art, City of Ithaca, engagement, First Street, GIAC, Martin Luther King, Maya Cueva, MLK Freedom Walkway, mosaic, New York, NY, public art, Southside Community Center, Tompkins county, Tourism Bureau, WICB | Leave a response
By zwackart on December 4, 2013
By zwackart on October 19, 2013
I am working with a team of artists and we are planning a community built mosaic for a wall of the DPW waste water facility on 1st St. in Ithaca, NY. The site is right across the street from the Sciencecenter. We are using the method that Isaiah Zagar, of Philadelphia, uses. We have written a few grants and are planning to hold tile making workshops in the Northside neighborhood, work with 6th graders at Boynton Middle School, and have an installation event in August of 2014. We have a Facebook page set up so you can keep up on the latest info as we set dates for the workshops and let people know where, in the neighborhood, they will be held. We will also have a list of materials we are hoping to get donated and info about how and where to do that. Ithaca, and the Public Art Commission in particular, have really done a fantastic job of identifying walls and spaces for public art. I am really excited about this project because it will be one of the first opportunities for the community to be involved in the making of the art that will create the sense of place where they live.
By zwackart on October 9, 2012
These high-fired ceramic leaves are made from impressions of real leaves, most of them Burdock leaves. Burdock is a “weed”, with fierce burrs, but it’s root is used to help the heart and cleanse the blood. Sometimes the veining pattern in the leaves reveals the image of a heart.