Ursula Neufeld

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Craft, Inter-arts, Visual arts

Grade Level: k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Language: english

Regions: Norman, Parklands, Interlake, Westman, Central Plains, Pembina Valley, Eastman, Capital Region

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Biography

For 20 years Ursula Neufeld, was an advocate, teacher, Director and front-line creator in the field of Early Childhood Education. This base gave me the tools I needed to become an child centred, process based Artist working in the schools. The past 14 years have been filled with my leadership in over 50 mosaic projects in Mb. Schools/communities and as well as South America and India.

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Project Samples

Outdoor mural

1. Consultation with teachers/administration 2. Schedule and resource planning with teachers and community members (elders, consultants) 3. Consultation with students (theme exploration, classroom theme interpretation through words and Arts work 4. Coordination of ideas, colours, materials and location of art. 5. Presentation to stakeholders of final drawing 6. Introduction of the mosaic process to students and other participants. 7. Set-up of space that includes a wet area, tiles and tools. Safety area.....goggles, masks, gloves if needed. 8. Schedule is created...based on the projects individual and/or group. 9. Mosaic process continues with students, teachers and parents......depending on school philosophy and/or directive. 10. Outdoor pieces are generally placed on Creazon plywood. Once mosaics are adhered to the plywood with mortar the entire piece is grouted. Installation usually is carried out by the school division carpenters. Celebration!!!!!!~

Indoor murals

1. Consultation with teachers/administration 2. Schedule and resource planning with teachers and community members (elders, consultants) 3. Consultation with students (theme exploration, classroom theme interpretation through words and Arts work 4. Coordination of ideas, colours, materials and location of art. 5. Presentation to stakeholders of final drawing 6. Instroduction of the mosaic process to students and other participants. 7. Set-up of space that includes a wet area, tiles and tools. Safety area.....goggles, masks, gloves if needed. 8. Schedule is created...based on the projects individual and/or group. 9. Mosaic process continues with students, teachers and parents......depending on school philosophy and/or directive. 10. The mosaic can be created on mesh or on plywood. 11. Installation 12. The project is grouted and cleaned.

Classroom individual projects

Teacher theme development and coordination of schedule. Teachers introduces theme and artist introduces tools and history of mosaics.

Testimonials

I have had the great pleasure of working with Ursula on 6 mosaic projects at my school. Ursula has a kind, gentle way of working with children. She is a gifted artist who is able to work with all students and staff to bring out their creativity and help them develop confidence in their ability to create. The art created has left a legacy of art in our school and in our community that we are all very proud of.

—Diana Juchnowski Beaverlodge School