Monthly Archives: April 2011

Keene Valley Mural

Tile Mosaic Project – Keene Valley Central School

Sue was the artist in residence on this project that art teacher Cheryl McFadden put together.  All the children and many teachers and some community members participated in making tiles for a history mosaic of Keene Valley on an outdoor wall of the school.

On the right is the rough design Sue created, using scraps of our hand decorated paper.  The eventual size of the mural is 13 feet by 7 feet.
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Tile Mural Keene Valley NY by Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY

From the left, Kim, Sue and Cheryl putting slabs of clay together to form the tree on the left side of the mural

kvmural_2Many of the larger parts of the tile project Sue worked on in our gallery.

Sue set up a 4×8′ sheet of plywood in the gallery space.  The design was transferred to the clay scribing it through the paper.
Tile Mural Keene Valley NY by Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY

The large white pine above, with Satchy observing,

Tile Mural Keene Valley NY by Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NYMaple tree with a couple of sap buckets.  This is the same work table about two weeks apart.
Tile Mural Keene Valley NY by Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NYTile Mural Keene Valley NY by Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NYThe mosaic is being laid out on a floor of the school by the students.
Tile Mural Keene Valley NY by Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NYTile Mural Keene Valley NY by Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NYThe Mural begins to come alive on the School Building.
Tile Mural Keene Valley NY by Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NYTile Mural Keene Valley NY by Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NYA couple of close up details.  Students created the individual tiles of buildings, events, animals and insects in the Keene Valley area.  Sue worked on some of the larger images, like the boat and basket.
Tile Mural Keene Valley NY by Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NYThe unveiling.

For me it seems that Teachers don’t get enough credit for the amazing work that they do.  Knowing the dedication of time, resources and talent that Sue puts into these project is stunning.
Tile Mural Keene Valley NY by Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY Knowing the pride and appreciation of the children involved is another aspect.  They are very proud to point out the tiles they worked on and know that this mural will always signify on the wall of their school, their time there.