DutyofCare_learningresource_mosaic07.07.20

canberraglassworks

CREATE YOUR OWN

MOSAIC

A CANBERRA GLASSWORKS ACTIVITY RESOURCE

IN RESPONSE TO

DUTY OF CARE

BY TONY ALBERT


YAYIN MUGIRRAY

SISTER BROTHER

Follow these steps to create a collaborative mosaic, based on artwork by artist Tony Albert and the exhibition Duty of Care.

We have provided a variation on this activity if you do not have glass mosaic supplies.

MATERIALS

wooden letters (these can be found at craft or hardware stores)

mosaic tiles

craft glue

water

sponge

papertowel or cloth

paint brush

grout

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PREPARE

Choose a word or a short sentence that identifies you and/or your class.

For our mosaic, Tony Albert chose the words YAYIN (sister) and MUGIRRAY (brother), from the language of the Girramay

people in Far North Queensland. Albert uses these words to make us think about our relationships with each other and with

ourselves. You can express you identity in you own way.

Some words you might consider could be CREATIVE, BRAVE, CONSIDERATE, KIND

Think of the importance of words. What is the meaning behind them?

How does this relate to you?

CREATE

Step 1

Paint the craft glue onto the

wooden letters.

Step 2

Stick the glass tiles onto the

letter.

Lay the pieces side by side so

they are as close together as

possible.

Think about the colours and

patterns you want to use.

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CREATE

...continue until the surface is

covered. Let the glue completely

dry so the glass is stuck in place.

Step 4

Mix the grout following the ratio

instructions on the container.

Scoop out and dollop a blob

onto the tiles.

Smear all over, making sure that

you fill all the spaces and gaps.

Step 5

Wipe the surface of the tiles

gently to remove the excess

grout using a damp sponge.

Once the grout is dry you can

clean and polish the tiles with a

dry cloth.

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EXHIBIT

Exhibit your word so it can be shared with others.

Discuss what this word means and why you chose it.

Listen to others talk about their word. What does it tell

you about them?

Consider the way art can be used to start important

conversations.

Yayin Mugirray was created by young people participating in the Teen ART IRL Takeover at the National Gallery

of Australia on 7 December 2019. This collaborative art project was presented by Canberra Glassworks, based on

the work by artist Tony Albert, and introduced participants to mosaic making while exploring themes of identity

and relationships with ourselves and others. The Teen Art IRL Takeover is a project initiated by National Gallery of

Australia seeking to connect young audiences with art.

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ACTIVITY VARIATION : NO GLASS MOSAIC

If you don't have wooden letters or mosaic glass tiles, try this alternative. This way allows you to collect and gather

different words from magazines or newspapers. You might like to try collaging with leaves or petals too. Albert often

works with collage in this way

MATERIALS LIST paper or card

craft glue

paintbrush

scissors

newspaper or magazine

petals, leaves or feathers

PREPARE

Step 1

Draw out the word you have

decided onto the paper or

cardboard.

Make it big enough so you have

space to decorate.

Step 2

Collect the natural materials

you will need.

Cut out words and text from the

newspapers and magazines.

You might like to choose

materials that relate to the word

you have chosen.

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CREATE

Step 3

Cut out your letters.

Step 4

Paint the craft glue onto the

paper.

Step 5

Stick down the paper and other

materials you have found.

Step 6

Cover the paper all over.

Step 7

Admire the textures and patterns you have

made with your collage.

This activity resource has been developed based on work by artist Tony Albert in the exhibition Duty of Care.

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canberraglassworks.com

11 Wentworth Ave, Kingston ACT 2604

T 02 6260 7005

E contactus@canberraglassworks.com

opening hours

Wed to Sun 10am to 4pm

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