Mosaic Mali – Deborah Halpern

My thoughtful  older daughter Kate who is a TV journalist here in Melbourne was sent on assignment to Melbourne Zoo which celebrated its 150th Birthday today. Kate took this photo of Victorian Artist Deborah Halpern’s Mosaic  Elephant.  Her elephant was one of 50 (pictured below) decorated by professional Artists as part of the Zoo’s Mali in My City Project. I was fortunate to attend a two day Mosaic Workshop with Deborah at Ballarat Art Gallery in 2005. As a result I have helped our Grade 6 students make a Mosaic for our  School Library wall each year since then. We make  a 600 x 600 mm picture of the animal which is  featured on the Chinese Calendar for that year. This year it is the Year of the Dragon. We will be choosing the design from those submitted by our Grade 6 students We will then complete the mosaic with each student having the opportunity to cut and glue on  the tiles. Finally,  the winning designer will help the Art Teachers present the Mosaic to the School Principal at Graduation in December.


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