Local artist Ricky Boscarino has been working with students in the Art Department at Wallkill Valley Regional High School.
A grant allowed Boscarino of the Luna Parc Atelier Foundation in Sandyston to serve as artist-in-residence, working alongside the faculty and students to install a mosaic courtyard space inspired by his work at Luna Parc.
The courtyard is behind the cafeteria at the high school.
Last spring, Boscarino introduced the art of poured concrete construction, guiding the students in the fine art and industrial art programs through the process of assembling forms and pouring the molds for concrete benches.
Students in the pottery program continue to produce handmade, glazed ceramic tiles, which are broken into small “tesserae” used in the mosaic process. They also make ceramic relief tiles showcasing the flora, fauna and landmarks of Sussex County.
The benches feature Latin affirmations, which in English mean “Without limit,” “Thirst for knowledge,” “Create and inspire” and “Peace on earth.”
Ultimately, the courtyard will have benches, tables and planters constructed in the space, all featuring handmade mosaic tile surfaces.