Latin School of Chicago Comes to CMS!
Here at The Chicago Mosaic School, we are always thrilled to welcome youth and young students to the school, as part of a robust program geared towards introducing Chicago’s youth to the medium of mosaic, from young elementary school all the way to high school. This past March, we were excited to welcome ten students, ranging from the 9th– 12th grade and two faculty members from The Latin School of Chicago to come and learn the art of mosaic during their Experiential Learning Week.
CMS crafted a customized week filled with educational, hands-on mosaic learning. It commenced with a presentation and discussion in the history of mosaic, from the Roman era to contemporary mosaic art, and the utility and artistry of mosaic throughout the centuries. Students each created four projects; two made with sheet glass and two made with Italian smalti.
The time the Latin School spent at CMS included a demonstration of the safe usage of tools, cutting techniques, application of materials and creating designs, all the way to completing each piece with intricacy. The students were thrilled to be able to create their own design, and turn it into a beautiful mosaic! As there were a number of graduating seniors in the group, there were a few mosaics representing the colleges or universities that they were planning on attending in the fall. Allowing for children to express themselves and play with this tactile and explorative medium in combination with learning the appropriate techniques is an organizational vision CMS hopes to create for all its student projects.
To conclude this week of mosaic making and creativity, each student selected a world flag and used that as the design for their final projects. The flags were selected keeping two components in mind; they were selected on a global scale and represented the multicultural population of the Uptown neighborhood. These pieces will proudly be displayed at the Latin School’s new Uptown building.
CMS has a dedicated team of instructors who work with teaching youth and young people, from large-scale installations at schools, to small individual projects. We offer both group lessons with school groups, and private lessons.
“Working with Lydia and Chicago Mosaic School was a fantastic experience. We were able to spend a week in the studio familiarizing ourselves with the wonderful world of mosaics. We not only learned a bit about the history, but also had a ton of hands-on practice creating individualized works. Particularly noteworthy was the fact that the school and instructor supported each individual student at whatever pace they worked and with whatever project they wanted to create. Lydia was great helping and guiding everyone’s distinct needs.” – Lourdes Gonzalez, Latin School of Chicago, Spanish Teacher
Written by Lydia Shepard