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In December 2017 I worked with The Ad Agency, Juniper Park\TBWA, to create two mosaics using just tic tics for their client Tic Tac Canada.
It was a couple of long, fun days spent with a wonderful creative team that produced two videos for Instagram. The first time-lapsed video is of a mosaic being built and the second, reversed, time-lapsed video is of a mosaic exploding then coming back together.
Six hiboux et une fête is now available to purchase. Just go to the 'shop' link.
AUTHOR VISIT + WORKSHOP
Hello Teachers, Librarians and Teacher/Librarians, I'm taking my presentation, The Magic of Mosaics, (which includes a book reading of Six Owls and A Party) on the road. If you'd like me to visit your school or local library, for more information email me at email@example.com
Schools and Libraries I've visited~
Children's House Montessori School, Port Perry Ontario
Dr. S.J. Phillips Public School, Oshawa Ontario (ddsb)
Sawmill Valley Public School, Mississauga Ontario (pdsb)
Ormiston Public School, Whitby Ontario (ddsb)
John McCrae Public School, Guelph Ontario (ugdsb)
Saint Mary Elementary School, Brampton Ontario (dpcdsb)
Cardinal Newman Catholic Elementary School, Brampton Ontario (dpcdsb)
Armour Heights Public School, Peterborough, Ontario (kprdsb)
Queen Victoria Public School, Lindsay, Ontario (tldsb)
Saint Bernadette Elementary School, Mississauga Ontario (dcdsb)
Fernforest Public School, Brampton, Ontario (pdsb)
Terry Fox Public School, Brampton, Ontario (pdsb)
Humbervale Montessori School, Etobicoke, Ontario
McLaughlin Public Library, Oshawa, Ontario
Trafalgar Castle School, Whitby, Ontario (independent)
Ryerson Public School, Cambridge, Ontario (wrdsb)
Transfiguration of Our Lord Catholic School, Toronto, Ontario (tcdsb)
Devins Drive Public School, Aurora, Ontario (yrdsb)
Our Lady of Victory Catholic School, Toronto, Ontario (tcdsb)
St.Pius X, Toronto, Ontario (tcdsb)
Hewson Public School, Brampton, Ontario (pdsb)
My small upper elementary class were delighted to meet a "real artist and author". Karen used her children's book, Six Owls and A Party, to invite the children into the world of mosaics. My students really enjoyed seeing some of Karen's mosaic pieces firsthand. It inspired the children to work on a collaborative piece using mosaics. Karen lead the work with patience and clarity. Afterwards many of my students remarked that they would like to author children's books some day. I would highly recommend Karen Johnston's "Magic of Mosaics" workshop for your class.
Erika Lacey (teacher at Children's House Montessori School, Port Perry)
I was thrilled to have Karen Johnston join my busy Kindergarten class. Karen read her children's book Six Owls and a Party as a read aloud and inspiration for the children to make their own mosaic art. The students were engaged and worked to develop new skills as artists that Karen had demonstrated to them. Karen was organized and lead the students through every step as they completed their mosaics. The students can't wait to get their own copy of "Artist Karen's" book.
Cheryl Corby (FDK Teacher at Dr. S. J. Phillips PS, Oshawa)
Our grade 1s and grade 2s were fortunate to have artist/author Karen Johnston visit over a two day span. She captured their attention with a reading of her book, Six Owls and a Party, and engaged them with her mosaic pieces. They loved seeing how she made the pages in the book -- the tools, the glass pieces, the buttons and jewels, and the process from beginning to end. Karen then encouraged the students to give mosaics a try using coloured paper. Each student attempted this challenge differently and the results were so unique. When we returned to the classroom, all the students were motivated to continue their art. They wanted to quickly complete their other work in order to get back to their owls. Thank you, Karen, for introducing a new form of art to our students that showcases creativity.
Joyce Tam (Grade 2 teacher, Sawmill Valley PS, Mississauga)
Karen Johnston inspired our kindergarten and grade 1 classes with her Magic of Mosaics presentation. Students enjoyed listening to Six Owls and A Party while gazing first hand at the mosaics used in her book. Students loved the experience of looking at Karen’s artwork, the highlight however was learning about mosaics through touch. The ability for students to touch Karen's designs and feel the various textures created by the many types of tesserae used in her creations provided students with a truly unique and memorable experience. Thank you Karen for making the long drive and sharing your talents with us; we had a wonderful time!
Patty Horack (teacher, John McCrae PS, Guelph)
Reading for the Love of It Conference, February 2017, Toronto
Reading for the Love of It Conference, February 2016, Toronto
The Word on The Street Festival, September 2015, Toronto
Interior Design show 2014, Toronto
Interior Design Show 2010, Toronto
In 2009 Mosaicworks was featured on The HGTV show Pure Design
The episode; Madeleine's Bedroom, from season two.
Interior Design Show 2009, Toronto
Interior Design Show 2008, Toronto
One of a Kind Spring Show 2007, Toronto
If you're interested in group or private lessons you can email me at
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Learn more about Karen in her Blog at www.mosaicworksca.blogspot.ca
All photographs are copyright of Karen Johnston via Mosaicworks. If you would like to feature my work on your website or blog, please credit Mosaicworks.