Students will submit artwork to the visiting artist prior to the visit based on something they are studying in school or to build an outside garden area. The visiting artist will make a compilation of the designs, creating one final design for the wall. The design will be enlarged to a 6 foot by 6 foot design. which will then be divided into 12" squares and transferred to a cartooning paper. Students will work in small groups, therefore a design this size could be worked on by 5 different classes. Students will be taught how to make squares from glass tiles and then use the squares or "tesserae" to outline and fill in their mosaics. When all are finished, the 12" square tiles will be put together, cemented to the wall and grouted. The wall mural will stay for years and become a symbol of collaboration and community.The students will be involved in every stage of creating this mural.
Kim Silbaugh has been a teacher since 1980. She has a Bachelors of Science degree in Art Education, a Masters of Education degree in Technology in Education, and a Ph.D. in Education Leadership with emphasis in Technology. Kim has presented at National Conferences, received awards for excellence in education, as well as being a recipient of the Power of Art awarded by Robert Rauschenberg. She has been involved with the Kennedy Center teaching artist program, participated in an internship in Ravenna Italy doing mosaics, and has been accepted into juried shows for her steel and glass sculptures. Kim believes the arts are a natural pairing with other curricular areas of study and has taught several S.T.E.A.M. residencies.