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The Benjamin Logan Middle School is a part of the Benjamin Logan Local School District rural campus which is located six miles outside of Bellefontaine. The Middle School serves grades five through eight with an enrollment of approximately 560 students. We stress academic rigor and relevance, the importance of responsible citizenship, and development of each student’s abilities and interest. The BLMS is rated Excellent with Distinction by the state of Ohio. Go Raiders!

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Benjamin Logan Middle School Welcomes: 
Mosaic Artist Vicki Murphy in 2017

Project made possible by the Ohio Arts Council

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Benjamin Logan Middle School is fortunate to host mosaic artist Vicki Murphy during January through May of 2017.  The artist-in-residency program is made possible through the Ohio Arts Councils’ TeachArtsOhio Initiative. Our middle school art teacher, Jennifer Davis, is thrilled to announce that Vicki will work with 5th – 8th grade art students every Friday during the second semester. Vicki has been creating mosaic artworks and installations for ten years using low-fire tile, high-fire tile, mirror, colorful stained glass and glass gemstones. She focuses on both studio work and professional development in architectural and public mosaic art.

 

In a collaborative project, the middle school art students will create large-scale mosaic artwork that will be installed on the exterior of the building. The welcoming mosaic will be a permanent artwork at the entrance area of the middle school, and will be installed in May. During the spring, all Benjamin Logan Middle School students will assist with the mosaic. The goal is to have every student and staff member contribute in creating this amazing mosaic that will be enjoyed by all that visit our middle school.

Along with Vicki, our students, and the staff, we would like to involve our wonderful parents and community members. You can participate by donating supplies and/or time. You can also participate in our Evening With The Arts on May 18, when we hope to involve community in the art of mosaic making. We will especially need extra hands during our installation days.  If you are interested in helping with the mosaic installation, contact Mrs. Jennifer Davis at davisj@benjaminlogan.org.

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 Staff hard at Work
creating a Mosaic!


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The Ohio Arts Council and the TeachArtsOhio Initiative is funding the artist-in-residency. We are truly blessed to have this opportunity to host an artist-in-residency and to create a spectacular permanent artwork for our school. We have a supplies budget of $1000, and will spend this money on the beautiful stained glass, mirrored glass, and other supplies needed for the mosaics. We already have some donations coming in for gloves, paper towels and other items. We are hoping to obtain enough donated materials in order to make our mosaic as magnificent as possible. 


At this time, supplies we hope to have donated are:

4-6: 2 gallon buckets

4-6: 5 gallon buckets

50: household sponges

20: plastic tubs and lids
     (shoebox size or bigger)

15: pair of safety goggles

 

Items we would like to borrow or have donated are:

5: glass scorers
    (pencil grip or handheld grip)

5: separators/running pliers

5: wheeled nippers

5: straightedge nippers

 

Please contact Mrs. Jennifer Davis at davisj@benjaminlogan.org if you are able to donate supplies or loan tools to the art program. Materials need to be donated by Friday, January 20th. If you have any questions, feel free to email Mrs. Davis or call her at BLMS 937-599-2386.

The art of mosaic making has an amazing world history and remains to be a stunning style and durable medium for outdoor artworks. We are excited to learn from artist Vicki Murphy about the history and styles of mosaics, and to collaboratively create a building mosaic that will welcome visitors to our building in an incredible way.
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