Collaborative Mosaics: Facilitating Community Projects with Children and Adults with Jessica Liddell
Friday, February 5, 2021, 11:00am – 3:00pm EST
Price: $230 (includes $45 materials fee) after Jan. 22, Price will be $195 and materials will not be mailed.
Mosaic art is an amazing vehicle for collaboration. It can bring communities together, develop pride in an area, and facilitate positive mental well-being through the collaborative process. Many professional mosaic artists find opportunities for facilitating projects in schools and community centers. Artist Jessica Liddell has over twenty years of experience with community mosaics and facilitated the Mosaic Marathon with SAMA in 2016. Join her for this exciting workshop as she unscrambles the sometimes intimidating preliminaries to setting up a project and clarifies the processes involved. During this class, you will investigate the following areas:
- Finding Schools/ Organizations to partner with
- Site Assessment
- Writing a proposal
- Creating a design with community involvement
- Working out a budget and securing funding
- Communicating with school officials/community organizers to set expectations
- Choosing and organizing materials
- Scheduling the work
- Determining a range of age-appropriate activities
- Examining various options for fabricating and installing work
Jessica will start the workshop by showing photographs of her many varied projects. This presentation will provide inspiration and a visual guide to the different approaches one can take with collaborative mosaics. We will then break into groups and rotate through four different activities designed to give you experience from both sides: as community participants and project providers. Workshop participants will get hands-on experience while learning some fantastic collaborative techniques. Our class will end with a question and answer period. This session would particularly benefit artists with some mosaic experience who are looking to expand what they do and who are interested in the richly rewarding teaching and collaborative processes. Participants will leave with a mesh-mounted ceramic mosaic, valuable technical information, teaching aids, and a professional reference pack for future projects that will help to expand their businesses.
Jessica Liddell started her company, Bella Mosaic Art, in 1997. She specializes in large-scale architectural works and has created permanent mosaics in parks, libraries, schools, office buildings, hospitals, and private residences across the US. In 2003, Jessica renovated a commercial property in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and established a ceramic, mosaic, and glass studio where she fabricates many of the tiles used in her projects. She also teaches adults and children in the space. Along with her work in schools, Jessica has developed a corporate team building program and has worked with a number of companies to foster creativity and teamwork with their employees. bellamosaic.com