More than 75 people attended the mosaic reception at Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School on Friday.
The students and staff welcomed guest artist Josh Winer, an expert mosaic artist from Boston, for two weeks to complete three mosaics, one for each column in the entryway at CVSCS.
Winer is an accomplished teacher who works with students around the world, according to Dick Rose, the former interim CV-S superintendent.
Hundreds of students were involved in assembling the mosaics, said Terri Adams, CV-S art teacher whose senior Advanced Placement students worked as a group on the project with the rest of the student body. In order to finish the mosaics within the two-week time frame, Adams said she needed as many willing students to help as possible.
“We tried to open the room to anybody and everybody,” she said.
The majority of the students who helped with the project were in sixth through 12th, though some elementary students offered their assistance after school, Adams said.
The project was a collaborative effort between staff, students, community members and Winer.
“It was good to see the community coming together,” said Kevin Keane, secondary principal.
“It’s good to see the arts alive and well in the community,” he continued.
Lauren Loucks, a senior and student in the AP class, said there were students in the art room working on the project during every class period.
“The best part for me was working with students from all of the grades,” Loucks said.
She said she enjoyed sharing a common goal with students of varying ages.
Many of the high-school-aged students said that the project would not have been possible without the help and guidance from Adams.
“She has been a real inspiration to me and the rest of our class,” said senior Olivia Porter.