Camps help with mosaic artwork in pedestrian tunnel
One of Dublin's summer camps is held in a tunnel, but creativity is preferred over a headlamp.
The first week of the Community Mosaics Art Camp was held last week and participants started installing artwork inside the pedestrian tunnel under Emerald Parkway at Dublin Road.
Another mosaic camp is set for July 15-19 and all ages are welcome.
The camp is led by Wyandot Elementary School Art Teacher Sharon Buda, who said work on the mosaic started at five Dublin elementary schools.
"Twenty-five hundred kids were involved in creating artwork that will be printed on PVC sheets or tile mosaic," she said.
But getting students to the tunnel within a class period was nearly impossible.
"We decided to do summer camps," Buda said.
"We brought in Linda Elias to help us with the tunnel Wyandot (Elementary) did under Brand Road.
"She's working with us now and hopefully during July," Buda said.
Elias, a frequent artist in residence at Dublin City Schools, has done several mosaics.
"You don't have to cut pieces (of tile)," Elias said.
"You just keep doing it like a puzzle," she said. "You don't have to have lots of artistic talent."
Campers get mini-lessons along the way when needed, Buda said. Those lessons include breaking tiles, gluing and grouting.
The mosaic has a glass bike path running through the middle with tile designs and flowers surrounding it. The edges are lined with tiles made by Dublin elementary students that carry shamrocks, rainbows, soccer balls and messages to the community.
"The other thing that was common between ideas was volunteerism in the community," Buda said.
"We talked about that. Students made hands out of clay, so the hands will show everyone who had a hand in it."
Like the mosaic that will eventually cover the walls of the entire pedestrian tunnel, Buda wanted the entire community to be involved in creating the artwork.
"When we did the camp, we wanted to include multiple generations," she said.
"We have everyone from 4-year-olds to senior citizens that signed up for the class together."
Mary Beth Marcy signed her family up for the camp.
"It's a great opportunity to do something with my son and some other kids from his school," she said.
"It's a great way to make a permanent mark on Dublin and a great way to give back."
Brendan Marcy has enjoyed the camp, especially breaking tile for the mosaic.
"It's all so good," he said of the artwork. "I can't tell which is my favorite part yet."
Ella Cleveland, who will attend Scottish Corners Elementary as a third-grader this fall, said she made a tile in school for the artwork but hasn't seen it go up yet.
"I like putting on the tiles and bringing out colors," said Belle Hutton, who will attend Pinney Elementary as a fourth grader at the end of summer.
"I like putting up the mirror. You can see yourself so it makes you feel like you're a part of it."
The mosaic will not be finished during the July camp and Buda expects the artwork to take two or three years to complete.
PVC panels already created by students will be installed by the city in the fall, she said.
For more information about the camp or to sign up, look at the Dublin City Schools Community Education portion of the spring and summer recreation services guide, which can be found online at dublinohiousa.gov/recreation-services/healthy/.