I am often asked how to complete mosaics or for ideas on what you can do. A Couple of years ago I was involved in a community project to complete a large wall mosaic. The mosaic is located in the Main Street of Mclaren Vale and was instigated by the owner of the adjacent store Mclaren Unvaled.
Here is a description with accompanying photos. Hopefully it will explain what the process was. Further photos and information can be found on the group facebook page at Mclaren Vale Mosaic Project.
There were 6 lead artists and we were each tasked with completing specific sections of the project. One artist had drawn the design and so was the main artist and oversaw the whole project. This meant ensuring we still had a cohesive design at the end when we joined all our panels together.
My role was to facilitate workshops with community groups to make the 2nd panel. This was in two parts, to make it easier to move around. Each part was approximately 90 x 120cm, so quite large. I worked with 2 main groups, Kalyra Aged Care at Mclaren Vale and a group of volunteers wanting to learn more about making mosaics.
I organised the two groups to work together but in different workshops. So to enable the residents in the aged care facility to participate, the other volunteers would help to prepare many of the tiles. This way they were the right shape and size for me to take in. Everyone involved in my part of the project was given input into the way we implemented the design we had been given. So many decisions regarding the colours and textures that we used were made by the volunteers. We added rainbows, the iconic Almond Train, footprints in the sand and many other small details to make the overall appearance interesting and engaging.
You do not need to have amazing drawing skills to do mosaics but rather good problem solving skills. An attention to detail will make your pieces pop. We grouted different areas of the design different colours to make them stand out more, but did the background grouting black to ensure continuity with the other panels.
In all many community groups participated, all age groups from pre-school to aged care. Different backgrounds and differing skill levels. It was a great project to be involved in and I am proud every time I get to see the mosaic. It always has some new little detail to show me. For more information regarding learning mosaics I do run workshops and details can be found here on my events page.