REDMOND, WA – Call it a little bit of Italy on the eastside. Inspired by Gaudi mosaics during a trip to Italy, Montessori Children’s House (MCH) Head of School, Jennifer McConnell put Art Specialist, Michelle Dias, up to a challenge: Create a mosaic wall outside of the school’s newest building.
While it may have started out as a simple enough request, Dias poured all of her creativity into the project, resulting in a comprehensive project spanning two years.
The project kicked off with a meeting between Dias and the students. Because the wall faced the school’s pollinator garden, the students decided that a work that included bees, butterflies and flowers was appropriate. The wall also included the student’s handprints, an inspirational element from Dias’ youth – her mother led a hand print mosaic project when she was in 6th grade. “I wanted the kids' hands to be reaching up, like they're growing in the garden, and the teachers' hands reaching down from the top to help pull the children up with knowledge,” Dias said.
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