Families showed their creative side by helping to make mosaics at two local schools in October 2005 as part of Family Learning Week.
Families at St Catherine’s created a range of pictures and it was difficult to choose one to base the mosaic on. So parent and local artist, Anna Mercedes Wear, used lots of the images and words to start off three mosaics packed with colours and symbols that show to great effect what makes St Catherine’s such a wonderfully vibrant school community. All the children in the school and many of their parents were able to join in the activity. The finished mosaics will be placed in a quiet garden within the school, to be dedicated to the memory of Joe Butler, a much loved and respected former governor.
Firs Hill School has recently been awarded a Gold Arts Mark, held by only 14 schools citywide. Here, children entered into a competition to design a mosaic pattern based on Islamic design. The winner was justifiably proud of himself, since the completed mosaic will hang near the main entrance to the school for many years to come. Many parents and children helped to complete Kier Hodson’s design, and parents suggested we should celebrate the school’s diversity by making mosaic flags for all the nationalities represented in the school.
If you are interested in learning more about mosaic making, contact Rashida Hassanali, Community Education Coordinator for both schools, on 0777 358 3699.
by Rashida Hassanali