Students in the Greene Central School District are creating a lasting tribute to one of the village’s biggest annual events.
Kids in Mrs. Becker’s 9th grade English class have been busy creating a glass tile mosaic under the tutelage of community artist Emily Jablon.
Jablon has been working with students in the elementary, middle and high schools for the past three months on a large artwork celebrating Greene’s Labor Day Picnic which has its 100th anniversary this year.
Jablon sketches the design for the mosaic onto a mesh and then the kids cut tiles and paste them on in almost a paint by numbers arrangement. “The students that want to be involved with the design have tons of input for the design. Because mosaics are so successful and look good no matter what, there’s a lot of room for creativity, for the students’ input.”
Once finished and the weather improves, the 300 square foot mural will be installed on the side of the Scout Building at the village’s Ball Flats Park where the Labor Day picnic takes place.
The mosaic will include images associated with the annual event such as fireworks, tents and the fire hose competition.
Freshman Cooper Klumpp says it’s a great way for the students to show off their Greene pride. “It’s been an amazing experience. It’s really cool to be able to work with a talented artist like Emily and be able to contribute to something that will be in Greene forever.”
Jablon says this is the first time that she’s worked with students from a largely rural area and she’s thoroughly enjoyed it.
She’s affectionately dubbed them the Nipper Snappers.
An official unveiling is scheduled for May 23rd.