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Oil Pastels and Mosaic Grouting


Artists in Schools

Oil Pastels and Mosaic Grouting

Dispatches from CMA Resident Artist Maria D. Rapicavoli's after school class at Hudson Guild.

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Students resumed two projects this week – oil pastels and mosaic grouting. 

First, students took inspiration from graffiti and street art to draw their initials using oil pastels.

Oil pastels were a huge hit because they are softer than crayons, easy to blend and layer, and extremely bright! Some students even completed two or three different projects in a day. 

Next, we finished up our mosaic projects by adding grouting. This step-by-step process demanded both time and patience, but students were extremely satisfied with making a work that is more permanent and durable than a drawing.

They used glue to fill in the gaps between the small tiles, which gave them a chance to experiment with new materials, work on their composition skills, and improve their attention to detail.

Overall, it was a great success!

Maria's work at Hudson Guild is supported by the Emergency Arts Education Fund, which provides free arts education to NYC school communities whose art programs have been decimated by recent budget cuts.

Children’s Museum of the Arts’ three Residents Artists are currently implementing ambitious arts curriculum at each of our partner sites throughout New York City: Hudson Guild in Chelsea, Sid Miller Academy in Crown Heights, and Children’s Workshop School in the East Village. Come spring, our residents will showcase their students' work through exhibitions and installations across the city. Learn how you can support the work of our residents here.

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