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CCC Students in New Art Class Creating Mosaic for New Campus Building


Imagine hundreds of hand-cut pieces of glass polished to perfection and strategically placed to create a close-up look at tiny crystallized DNA structures. Now picture this abstract mosaic hanging on a wall students pass by every day on their way to science class.


Visually arresting and academically inspiring images such as this will be created this fall when students enrolled in the new Camden County College course “Art and the Community” will construct a mosaic for the Blackwood Campus’ new science building. “Modeling” for the piece will be DNA images captured via microscope and shipped all the way from a lab in Florida.


Although Fall 2012 will be the first semester that “Art and the Community” is offered, Professor Kay A. Klotzbach and her students have been enhancing the local surroundings with art for many years. Klotzbach has led student projects for the Garden State Discovery Museum, the New Visions homeless shelter and the Cathedral Soup Kitchen, among other entities. She says when she linked her work in the community to her work in the classroom, she discovered a new kind of inspiration for her students.


“I feel everyone has a creative side that is just lying dormant, screaming to get out,” Klotzbach says. “I found that students took what they were learning in class much more seriously when they were actually applying it to something they were doing for others.”


By the end of the semester, Klotzbach says, “Art and the Community” students should be able to “cut glass like a pro”; glue and grout well; evaluate their own and others’ work; and work collaboratively with others. Upon completion of the class, students will have created their own panel for the mosaic installation and designed a final project for themselves in which they pitch a creative project idea to a hypothetical client. This proposal will be an oral presentation given to the class and backed by preliminary sketches of their ideas, which if enacted could create a whole new work life for them.


Suzanne Morgan of Medford has started a career using the mosaic skills she sharpened in a previous course with Klotzbach. Since taking that class, she has completed two large-scale mosaic murals with students at Haines Sixth Grade Center in Medford and was one of two artists to create a mosaic-topped bench in Medford’s Freedom Park in honor of the 10th anniversary of 9-11.


“Art and the Community” class sessions are set to take place in the College’s drawing and painting studio, which is located in Room 9 of Lincoln Hall on the Blackwood Campus in Gloucester Township. There are no prerequisites for the course, and no prior art experience is necessary. To learn more, contact Klotzbach at (856) 227-7200, ext. 4342, or

Published: August 21, 2012