During our Piece by Piece: A Transformative Path for Belmar Project, 4th through 6th grade students were led through an artistic process by Nicole Banowetz. They started by discussing the theme of the project and Nicole explained that the medium they would use is mosaic tiles. She showed them some examples of finished pieces. They then got to work on the plan. We had decided with Nicole that a tree would represent our transformation into an arts integrated school. The students planned their tiles in small groups. They sketched out an animal, flower or plant that could be found in a tree. They discussed the theme and why a tree was representative for our school. The students proceeded to sketch their chosen animal, flower, or plant and come to a consensus as a group. From there, Nicole led them through the mosaic process and modeled how a mosaic artist thinks about the pieces needed and the end product. The students engaged in this process together and had to be thoughtful and collaborative as they put the pieces together and created a mosaic tile that represented their chosen animal, flower or plant. The students worked in their groups to place the tiles and glue them down. Nicole did the final grouting of each tile to ensure that it would last as an outside installation. District personnel will be coming by May 16th to install this art piece on the side of our building.