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FRES students create mosaic with artist in residence

  • Artist in Residence Lizz Van Saun assists Florence Rideout Elementary School students in creating a mosaic of native birds, which will hang outside the school. Courtesy photo—

  • Artist in Residence Lizz Van Saun assists Florence Rideout Elementary School students in creating a mosaic of native birds, which will hang outside the school. Courtesy photo—

  • Artist in Residence Lizz Van Saun assists Florence Rideout Elementary School students in creating a mosaic of native birds, which will hang outside the school. Courtesy photo—

  • Artist in Residence Lizz Van Saun assists Florence Rideout Elementary School students in creating a mosaic of native birds, which will hang outside the school. Courtesy photo—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 2/14/2020 10:25:20 AM
Modified: 2/14/2020 10:25:08 AM

Artist Lizz Van Saun returned to Florence Rideout Elementary School recently to serve once again as an artist in residence and assist the art classes with making a mosaic of glass fragments.

Van Saun, an artist based in West Hopkinton, visited the school several years ago to lead a project to create a mosaic mural of a fox, the school’s mascot. This time, students created a three-panel mosaic of native New Hampshire birds throughout the seasons, which will hang at the entrance to the school.

This year, the program, which has become a yearly tradition for the school, was paid for with a combination of a grant from the New Hampshire State Council of the Arts and a donation by the local Parent-Teacher Organization.

Florence Rideout Elementary art teacher Greg Lamers said the artist in residency program is an opportunity for kids to see a professional artist at work.

“You can talk about an artist, historically, but getting to meet an artist and see them work is something different,” Lamers said.

And the work that goes into creating a large-scale piece of art can be eye-opening, too.

“It’s hard work to make art, even with all of the students helping,” Lamers said. 

“I really see mosaic making as a metaphor for community building,” Van Saun, who specializes in mosaics, said. “Every piece matters, just as every person matters, and it wouldn’t be completed without everyone contributing. It’s really special to be part of something like that.”

All of the grades at Florence Rideout participated in the project over the course of last week, and the piece was finished on Friday, and was officially unveiled and dedicated on Wednesday. 


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