Out With the Old & In With the New

On a chilly Wednesday morning, 5 ArtReach teachers, volunteers, and interns arrived at the John C. Coonley Elementary School. Typically, ArtReach would arrive at Coonley bearing bags of clay and jars of underglaze.This time, however, these 5 brave souls carried hammers, chisels and grinding tools. Wearing protective goggles and masks, they painstakingly chiseled and hammered on the old mosaic on the Coonley planters for more than three hours until it could be completely removed. Once the old tiles were taken out, brand new mosaic tiles designed by Coonley students were carefully placed on the planters and lined with more colorful ceramic tiles. The next day, even the rain couldn’t stop the team from finishing the work. With umbrellas in one hand, they used the other to peel off the paper covering the tiles to unveil the students’ works of art. Stay tuned for pictures of the finished piece!





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