Introduction

The Leamington Arts Centre (LAC) in partnership with the Mayor Youth Advisory Committee (MYAC) is proud to present the Mural Mosaic community Arts Project.

Leamington’s Mayor Youth Advisory Committee is comprised of young, enthusiastic leaders with a passion for helping Leamington be the best it can be. During the 2021 to 2022 term the committee wished to bring a piece of art into the community to help improve the look of Leamington, and to see urban areas transformed into brighter, uplifting spaces. We are honored and excited to be working alongside the Leamington Arts Centre to execute this vision by creating a mosaic mural that the community can participate in and creating for our town a mural theme that is attractive and universal.

The LAC is a not-for-profit charitable organization whose mission is to create, sustain and celebrate the arts. With your support of this project and the support of the MYAC, the LAC can achieve its mission. Your participation in this project and purchase of the Mosaic Mural Kit not only beautifies our town but as a fundraiser helps to support the arts in our community.

Project Background & History

 

The Mosaic Mural Project you will be participating in, and the artwork images in your kit are from the original Mural Mosaic Project by artist Lewis Lavoie and hundreds of other talented artists (pictured above.)

The first Mural Mosaic was created in 1997 in St. Albert, Canada by its inventor, artist Lewis Lavoie. After the success of this, shortly after, Lavoie created the next Mural Mosaic in partnership with other artists in a 24-hour “paint-a-thon” fundraiser. Lavoie lead the artist by creating the foundation of mosaic images with shapes and colours, which then other artists carefully followed his guidelines finishing the tiles in their own painting style and technique. Needless to say the final result was a huge success and word soon spread; more communities and groups were interested in creating a Mural Mosaic (like the LAC and Mayor Youth Advisor Committee.)

The Mural Mosaic is a truly fantastic process involving an entire community of artists of all skill levels, and heritage, collaborating, sharing and coming together to create one masterpiece and powerful community symbol.

The images in these kits are form the original Mural Mosaic “Tree of Life”. We respectfully acknowledge Lewis Lavoie and all those participants for theirs skills and contributions as the basis for the Leamington Mural Mosaic Community Arts Project. A complete list of those artists and more info about them can be found HERE.

Your Mosaic Mural Kit

 

The materials in your kit have been specifically selected for this project to achieve our goal and help our mural project last over time.

Each Kit Consists Of:

  1. Your Mural Mosaic Image Card (painted by the original mosaic artists) for you to Paint (using your own style and technique)
  2. 6×6” Aluminum Tile to Paint On (Care was taken to sand the metal edges, however, please be careful!)
  3. Art Creations Set of 8, 12ml Tubes of Acrylic Paint
  4. Series 1450R Acrilex® White Bristle Long Handle Brush sz.2 (round)
  5. Series 925 White Taklon Synthetic Hair Brush sz. 3/8“(angled)
  6. Series 385 Camel Hair Brush sz. 1/4″ (flat)
  7. Round Plastic 10 Well Palette
  8. This Information and Instruction Sheet
  9. Clear Bag to Store Your Kit

Mural Mosaic Project Details and Specifications

The finished Mural Mosaic consists of 272 individual tiles of unique images, each one painted by you (as a community arts participant) in your own style based on the artists tiles in your kit from the original Tree of Life Mosaic. 

Once complete, all the individually numbered tiles will be joined together to create one larger image, the Tree of Life (as seen above from the original mosaic designed by Lewis Lavoie.) 

The approximate 8ft x 8.5ft mosaic will be mounted as a mural on the exterior of the Leamington Arts Centre located in uptown Leamington. The Mosaic Mural will be viewable from afar and up close for all to see each individual work of art that comprises the mosaic and brings it to life. 

A plaque explaining the project to viewers will also be mounted next to the Mosaic Mural. The plaque will include each of the artists names (you!) who have contributed to this project honouring the original Mural Mosaic by Lewis Lavoie and follow collaborators.

Purchase your Mural Mosaic Kit

$29.99 (no tax)

PICK UP Wed-Fri 10-5pm, Sat-Sun 11-4pm to chose you kit.

ALL THE MATERIALS IN THE KITS ARE YOURS TO KEEP! Simply return your numbered tile and image once you have finished.

How-To Paint & Complete your Mosaic Tile, Step by Step:

 

To ensure the success of the project:

  • PLEASE, CAREFULLY READ THIS ENTIRE DOCUMENT BEFORE BEGINNING.
  • IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS in this document to ensure your tile is included in the final mural. 
  • THIS PROJECT IS RECOMMENED FOR AGES 12 & UP ONLY.

 

IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS so that your mosaic tile can be included in this project. Each individual and numbered tile is like a piece of a puzzle that when together forms the larger mosaic Tree of Life image. Your mosaic tile should follow the same shapes, lines and colour palette of the image in your kit for our final Mural Mosaic to connect properly and be successful. It can be in your own brush stroke, style, and technique to make it your own.

  1. Prime Using the white paint in your kit (or acrylic gesso if you already have) and a brush, cover the entire front of the aluminum tile in your kit. (This will give you a fresh canvas to paint on and make your image stand out.)
  2. Draw – Once your primed tile is dry, use a pencil to slightly draw the outlines and shapes of the image in your kit to give you a guide to paint on. (You MUST draw/paint the image in your kit, NOT another.)
  3. Paint – Using the materials in your kit and your own artistic style and brush stroke, paint the image in your kit onto the provided aluminum tile.
    1. Try to match the same colours, shape and composition of your image so that the finished mosaic comes together as intended.
    2. You can use other materials you have too, acrylic paints, brushes, palette knives, etc. we just ask that you not put a finished glaze or other mixed media materials into your mosaic as the LAC will be sealing the entire mosaic once assembled to protect them all.
    3. If you are having trouble with your painting, no worries, just prime your tile again by repainting the entire tile white then start again until you are satisfied. Remember, each work of art and artist’s style (like a signature or fingerprint) are unique and personal; that is also a part of what makes this project so beautiful.
  4. Deadline – Finish your mosaic tile and return your fully dried painted Aluminum Tile and your Mosaic Image Card to the Leamington Arts Centre any time before June 3rd. (WE NEED ALL TILES RETURNED FOR OUR MURAL MOSAIC TO BE COMPLETE.)  ** The art supply materials in your kit are yours to keep! They are from the Art Supply Shop at the Leamington Arts Centre (shop.leamingtonartscentre.com)