Music Mosaic – runner up

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Music Mosaic – runner up

Filed under: 2009 entries
School: Bangabandhu Primary School
Location: Tower Hamlets, London
Artist: Maud Milton
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The commission was to make a mosaic to celebrate one of the most enjoyed subject in the curriculum: music! It was part funded by Awards for All and also the schools funds.

Pupils from 6-11 were involved, 240 of them. It is located on an outside wall in Bethnal Green in the school but visable through the railings. Pupils did all the drawings, Artists Maud and Catherine Clark did the layout. Pupils did all the mosaicing apart form a little help from a couple of local volunteers and teachrs with the odd 5 minutes to fill in the smallest gaps.

Children drew instruments from observation, as well as drawing rhythms beaten out on a drum by a talented teaching assistant. They also drew real flowers but keeping their pens in perpetual motion, as if their pen nib was a buzzing bee! The design included representations of rhythm and pattern, as well as beauty and movement.

Visible to the whole community, this mosaic is walked past by hundreds of parents and children daily.

“I loved joining in and participating in the mosaic project. Me and my friends love it. The drawing exercises were great too. What made it even better was that it was a first time experience and we found a new interest so it really makes me want to go again. I really hope other people get an opportunity like this” – Hema Year 6 Purple

“I enjoyed doing mosaics and it taught me how to be more creative and how to glue tiles properly. It’s really nice if you like being an artist and if you are interested in doing mosaics. You have to learn to glue them with gaps between and you don’t have to put them in one straight line. The drawing was cool because it was properly creative and unusual. Doing this drawing made me feel I could just express myself and draw anything I wanted. I enjoyed it because we learnt more about art and art is my favourite subject. I went to every lunch-time club.” – Salima Year 6 Purple

“The mosaic was quite complicated. We were drawing and sticking tiles on the mesh. It was really great since I’ve never done this before. The drawing exercise was inspiring since we had to draw the way people move. I really liked it. The mosaic was always colourful but I didn’t know that you could also use dark colours. It was also one of the most interesting activities of my life.” - Samina Year 6 Purple

“I enjoyed the after-school club. I liked being part of this project. I wish I could still be a part of it. The exercise I liked the most was when we had to pretend to be a bumblebee and we had to draw with our hand shaking. I also liked drawing the route from home to school using symbols. The other thing I liked was when we drew instruments. I am looking forward to seeing how it looks on the wall.” - Shaheda Year 6 Purple

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