The students began the mosaic project by collaboratively deciding on the design and elements to be included in the mosaic to reflect and represent Pittsburgh Roosevelt. The theme for the mosaic was carried over from last year's partnership with The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.
Last year in the school's ESW Program, students worked with the Zany Umbrella Circus where they learned how to perform in and operate a circus. The main focus of the mosaic is the circus. However, other aspects of Pittsburgh Roosevelt such as academics, the mascot, the school garden, and their annual butterfly release are also represented in the art work.
Once the design was agreed upon, the students began breaking tile and adhering pieces to large sections of wood.
"Creating the mosaic was an adventure," says Tatianna Brown, a fifth grader at Pittsburgh Roosevelt.
Slowly, the mosaic began taking shape and the students were able to see their hard work come alive. When the tiling was complete, the students mixed large buckets of grout and began filling in the empty spaces. After a week of curing, the mosaic was installed and covered the entire back wall.
"The mosaic is the fifth grade's gift to Pittsburgh Roosevelt," says Alicia Stanziano a fifth grader at Pittsburgh Roosevelt. The mosaic has transformed a blank wall to a colorful work of art that will last a lifetime.
Pittsburgh Roosevelt's ESW Afterschool Program is coordinated by Alfonzo De Iuliis.