The life skills students at Humble ISD’s Mosaic Program are crafty. They keep busy developing employment skills by creating a myriad of art using raw materials, including wine bottle candles, glass cheese trays made from melted bottles, glass vases, decorated notebooks, glass ornaments and other items, all available for sale to the public. Samples of the artwork produced by Mosaic students can be seen and ordered at designsbymosaic.com/index.html.
The Mosaic Art Program is robust and students use a large amount of raw materials each week, some of which is donated. Debbie Bixby, co-owner of Green Oaks Tavern in Humble, contributes 20-30 empty bottles to the program each week.
Bixby said, “I wasn’t aware of the extent of the projects being created by Mosaic until the students sent me a thank-you card with one of their crafted glass trays, which was made from a bottle that had been put in the kiln. It was flattened and beautifully decorated.”
Bixby said she asked to visit the Mosaic program and was able to see the students working with the bottles. “They had different stations, from washing the incoming bottles, to etching, to decorating the final products. I keep samples of the trays and chimes at the Green Oaks Tavern, and they also have a store at Mosaic,” said Bixby. She is a former educator, having taught English at Humble High School from 1974-1979.
The Mosaic program uses proceeds from the sale of art to purchase raw materials to create more of the handmade art products. The program is in need of supplies including laundry soap, paper towels, sandpaper, paintbrushes, dish soap, old T-shirts, old crayons, soap/candle molds, fabric, clip boards, notebooks, small mason jars and white washcloths. Monetary donations can also be made to Cambridge School through the Humble ISD Education Foundation.
Mosaic is a program for students between the ages of 18 and 22 who have completed four years of high school and need additional support services from Humble ISD to transition to the adult world. Mosaic helps students work on areas including adult living (using a mock apartment to teach cooking, cleaning, shopping and time management), employment (using the Mosaic art production program to improve skills need for future employment), and social development. The program is housed at Cambridge School on Timber Forest in Atascocita. Additional services are available at the Lonestar Kingwood campus. For more information on Mosaic, visit humbleisd.net.
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