SchoolArts Magazine

DEC 2018

SchoolArts is a national art education magazine committed to promoting excellence, advocacy, and professional support for educators in the visual arts since 1901.

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26 DECEMBER 2018 SchoolArts P hiladelphia's Magic Gardens (PMG) is a museum dedicated to preserving the work of artist Isa - iah Zagar and sharing it with the community. Each year, PMG offers several workshops that provide the opportunity to work alongside Zagar. One workshop allows a small group of people to learn Zagar's mosaic techniques while creating a public mural in the streets of Philadelphia. The PMG also provides scholarships, one of which I was fortunate enough to receive. Since that weekend with Zagar, I have strived to incorporate his mosaic techniques as well as his unique approach to seeing and creat - ing into my classes. In the heat of the summer, a group of novice mosaic artists spent hours amused by Zagar's stories, jokes, and intensely wonderful personality as he demonstrated his techniques and expressed his view of art. I am inspired to maintain and share Zagar's philosophy in my teaching. Building Relationships in My Artroom Sharing stories of my own and prompt - ing students to share their stories is a fundamental change that has made teaching art for me and art-making for my students inspirational. Building relationships with students through stories allows them to feel confident and free to express themselves. Collaboration and Choice At the PMG, our group collaborated on a huge mural. Zagar guided us Tricia Kennedy Previous page: Students sorted their glass pieces into color groups and adhered them to the mural surface with PVA. Above (left): Once the mural was grouted and buffed, the beautiful glass surface was revealed. Above (right): These three-dimensional mosaic pieces will be combined to create outdoor garden totems.

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