Hamilton School "Legacy of Art" Tile Mosaic Installation and Apprentice Program, a Two Year Project: Fall 2015-Spring 2017

Classroom Art Teacher, Tanya Madsen
Artists Teachers: Tilly & Zero Nylin
Common Core Subjects: Science, California native plants, Eco-literacy, and Math. Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Grades.

The students are involved in science/art fusion with immersion into eco-literacy while creating the ceramic mural tiles. The information regarding the Marin County flora is reinforced every time they walk through the school and gymnasium entrances with tiles that illustrate both the images of the plants, trees, grasses, flowers, bushes and the scientific information as well. Included in the mural are 17 informational tiles spread across the four columns which include the common name and an interesting fact about each plant. For example: “Douglas Fir. This tree is the second tallest conifer in the world. (After coast redwood).”

Artists Teaching Art along with artist teachers Tilly & Zero Nylin will offer three classes per semester working with approximately 320 students over a two-year period. In addition to the classes, Tilly and Zero will offer an Apprenticeship Program for 12 students each semester. All of the students will create up to 1,000 handmade tiles representing Marin County flora to complete the project. All 1,000 tiles will be installed on the front of the school gymnasium and school entrance. 

Phase I classes began in the Fall Semester of 2015. The students and apprentices created 292 tiles for the first phase of the project which has been completed and installed on the four columns outside of the entrance to the gymnasium on the Hamilton School campus. 

Phase II has commenced. The students and apprentices will make another 250 tiles to be installed on the walls on either side of the Hamilton School entrance near the office in June of this year.

Phase III will begin in the Fall of this year. The students and apprentices will create tiles for the walls on either side of the gymnasium and will be installed in by the end of 2016.

Phase IV will begin in the Spring semester of 2017. The students will create the last set of tiles for the two columns on either side of the Hamilton School entrance by the office. The project will be completed by graduation day 2017.

Please join us for the Unveiling Ceremony on Thursday, April 7th at 5:30pm at the Hamilton School 5530 Nave Dr., Novato

A big THANK YOU to the artists Tilly & Zero Nylin of Segromigno Mosaics, the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Novato Team: Nancy Weber, Tamara Ressler, Cheryl Carlson, Jay Demski, Zita Konik, Linda Meckel, and Christina Niles, the City of Novato, Novato Parks and Recreation, Novato Unified School District, Hamilton School PTA, Soroptimists International of Novato, Bank of Marin, Kaiser Permanente, Novato Police Managers Association, Novato Community TV, Marcus Kuhn, Novato Courtyard by Marriott and the Sausalito Art Festival Foundation. Thank you all for providing the funding for the arts at the Hamilton School and this wonderful project.

This project has been coordinated by Dana Cilmi, Executive Director of Artists Teaching Art, Artist Teachers: Tilly and Zero Nylin of Segromigno Mosaics, the Hamilton Middle School Art Teacher, Tanya Madsen, and Vice Principal, Stefanie Parnell. 

Please see the link to the Artists Teaching Art presentation to the Novato City Council and the Novato Unified School District Here