Boulder mosaic artist Susan Wechsler has been named the “Artist in Residence” at Lyons Elementary School. Wechsler will be working with LES art teacher Rebecca Briggs’ art students from grades pre-school through fifth grade over the next several weeks on a wall mosaic tentatively titled, “Flow of the River.” This program was made possible through a generous grant by the Longmont Council For The Arts.
Briggs says Wechsler will spend about forty hours in her classroom over the next four weeks (two weeks in March, and two weeks in April), instructing the children in the art of mosaics. The finished piece will hang on the west wall of the LES library when it is completed. Briggs adds that the project will be looking for donated material, i.e. glass, tiles, crockery, river rocks, shells, etc., from the entire Lyons community. According to Wechsler, the focus of her mosaic art is to “use discarded objects, and make them precious again.” That said, almost anything can and will be used and “re-used” for the piece; broken or chipped figurines, plates, dishes, cups, or mugs, left over tiles, beads from a broken necklace, old costume jewelry, flower arranging glass beads, small pieces of shiny scrap metal, stained glass. Anything! Adhesive (Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue, in the gold bottle) for the mosaic project is being donated by Valerie Marderosian.
Briggs explained that the younger grades will be creating handmade colored ceramic tiles, while some of the older students will be composing and creating “poem tiles,” which will be inserted into the work. She added that the river will consist of “cool” colors, blues and greens, while “warmer” colors, orange, yellow, and red will be used for text.
The hope is that this will become a true community project, and that everyone (not just students and their parents) will get involved and donate otherwise discarded objects to the effort. And if there are any poets in Lyons who would like to have their poems added to the piece, that, too, would be possible. Materials can be dropped off at the school during regular hours. For more information about the project, please contact Rebecca Briggs at Lyons Elementary School.