Our art students have worked tirelessly on it during spring semester - it's definately been a team effort! We began collecting plastic bottle caps last year after I saw a recreation of VanGogh's "Starry Night" made out of recycled caps while researching an art education website. Inspired, I wanted to make a mosaic that would capture the idea of the Portal community, allowing all students to personnaly connect with the art piece. Incorporating the project into my lesson plans & connecting the process to visual arts standards, students began by sketching images that came to mind when thinking of Portal - its landscape, crops, buildings, trees, etc. My advanced students made combined drawings of those ideas, then I made a final drawing using their sketches, which was transferred to 3 plywood pieces; we painted each section as a background to help accent the caps. For over three weeks we placed and hot glued bottle caps to complete the 8x12 foot mosaic (many hours were put in - even after school!) & we are all very pleased with the result! The finished mosaic has been installed next to the PMHS gym for the community to enjoy for years to come.
Art Teacher P-12
Portal Middle & High School
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