MOSAIC MAGIC: Local artist at Creative Gladstone, Janie Petersen, oversees school holiday classes.
MOSAIC MAGIC: Local artist at Creative Gladstone, Janie Petersen, oversees school holiday classes. Paul Braven GLAARTS

Artist finds her passion in puzzle pieces

SCHOOL holidays are in full swing at Creative Gladstone.

Taking a more contemporary approach is artist Janie Petersen.

The mother-of-two has been weaving her creative magic since she was little and now wants to pass on her knowledge to keen artists.

"On Wednesday and Thursday I held school holiday workshops and had more than 20 children sign up, which is great," she said.

"The youngest child I had sign up was just five years old."

Ms Petersen has adopted the approach for the workshops that there shouldn't be an age restriction.

"Everyone can be creative and I encourage that because kids develop at different levels," she said.

"The classes are more about learning how to correctly use the tools."

Ms Petersen's passion for art developed early in her life and she made sure she took every opportunity to enjoy creative lessons and camps.

"I loved art as a child so I took it further to university and studied art for public space back in 2003," she said.

"I took personal mosaic classes every year because I loved it."

Ms Petersen moved from Germany to Australia three years ago and since then has created the Tannum Sands mosaic steps, a path at Tannum Blue High School, the public pool mural and the Creative Gladstone vanity and bathroom.

"Last week, for something different, I used mandala stencils and painted a fence," she said.

According to Ms Petersen, the best thing about mosaic artwork is the process of creating a picture from lots of little pieces.

"Mosaic work is just like puzzle pieces," she said.

"Every piece is different and requires a different touch, love, patience and space.

"In that sense, mosaic is a lot like a symbol for us - our space in the world is unique and we can make a difference in the big picture."



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