*This is a NEW addition for Agora 2015-16

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Mosaic is the art of creating images with an assemblage of small pieces of colored glass, stone, or other materials. It is a technique of decorative art, as well as interior and exterior decoration.

Students will learn about the history, design and execution of this art form. They will explore, help design and execute a large mosaic that will be installed at the school representing one of the five tenets the school is built on. This work of art will provide each student the opportunity to become part of the legacy it is sure to grow into. Additionally they will complete a smaller individual piece of their own.

In preparation for Agora week the students will explore the downtown area and investigate the variety and types of mosaics that adorn our fair city. In class they will delve into the building of Christian basilicas in the late 4th century, and examine how wall and ceiling mosaics were adopted for Christian uses.

The students will be instructed by professional artists from The Chicago Mosaic School. Since it was founded in early 2005, it has become the center of education for Mosaic Arts in the United States.

As the first non-profit school of its kind, CMS provides opportunity for study with an academic, materially-oriented approach to art education in the World Master tradition. Now in its 10th year, this school gives artists, teachers, and enthusiasts a place to explore all facets of mosaics- from classical reproduction to contemporary abstraction. CMS has hosted some of the world’s most influential mosaic instructors; they have come to CMS from as far as Italy, England, France, Japan and Australia. The influence of the a new generation of mosaic artists is beginning to be seen around the world through the recognition of the work of our students. We are fortunate to have CMS as one of our partners in the Protégé Internship Program.

Our students will learn the basic techniques, tools and materials involved in creating mosaics. The class will cover cutting, proper adhesives, substrates, design/layout, wide variety of materials like sheet glass(stained glass) and smalti as well as the craft of grouting.

Meeting Time During Agora Week: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., daily

Cost: $400 -- includes daily lunch and snacks as well as all materials and tools used in the production of both mosaics.

**Transportation to and from Chicago Mosaic School will not be provided. Students are expected to get to and from CMS on their own. CMS is located at 1809 W. Cuyler, Chicago, ½ mile northeast of St. Benedict Preparatory School campus.** 

Faculty: Suzanne Stone holds her Master In Fine Arts from The Catholic University of America. She has directed the Protégé Internship Program at St. Benedict Preparatory School for four years. She has developed relationships with many of the business professionals in our neighborhood and beyond and placed her interns in a wide variety of positions. She is delighted to have Chicago Mosaic School as a Protégé Partner as well as an Agora consort!

Tresa Mueller has been the guidance counselor at St. Benedict Preparatory school for the last six years. She completed her undergraduate work in Art History and History at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, and her Master’s Degree in School Counseling from Loyola University Chicago. Past St. Benedict trips have taken her to Washington D.C. and China, but she is looking forward to staying closer to home to share this unique experience! 

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