This past weekend I taught a sold out Beginner workshop to a great group of people. I am always so impressed with the hard work and dedication students put into their pieces and the joy they have creating mosaic art. Whether it is a beginner piece or advanced Mexican Smalti there is something for everyone to learn and feel gratified. Even I get the opportunity to learn from the students. Over this weekend one of my students, a wonderfully spirited 81 year old woman named Sylvia taught me a thing or two. Sylvia is about to have a one woman art show in her hometown of Lompoc, Ca.. She is a painter and has 25 paintings, in water colors and acrylics, about to be shown at Lompoc museum starting October 5th for one month. To me that is astonishing but to her it is just another busy day. I admire her and am inspired by her, to keep creating my art, sharing my knowledge and grateful to all the wonderful students that show up every week wanting to learn how to make mosaic art! This week SBSMA will be hosting one of the best mosaic artists in the business. Carol Shelkin will teach her 2 1/2 day Portraiture mosaics workshop, combining color balance, shading, layout, design and glass cutting techniques. Stay tuned for pictures and visit the Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art Facebook page for more updates.
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workshop date/instructor fee
Portraiture Mosaic Aug 7-9 Carol Shelkin $395.00 inc. mat.
Table Top mosaic Aug 18-19 Tami Macala $185+ table base
Polymer Clay/Tempered Glass Susan Crocenzi $280+$35 mat. Sept.7-9 Glass fusing & mosaics Sept. 15-16 Sue Baldwin $195+$35mat.
Table Top mosaic Oct. 27-28 Tami Macala $185+table base
All things mosaic Nov. 10-11 Tami Macala $195+$40 mat.
Susan Crocenzi’s Polymer clay and tempered glass mosaic
Carol Shelkin’s Portraiture Mosaics
VISITING ARTISTS BIO’S
Sue Baldwin has reached her 27th year at the very same middle school where she started herteaching career and she still loves it. When she is not teaching, you will ﬁnd her taking artclasses in lots of different art mediums. Sue is most renowned for her unique fused glass jewelrydesigns. After meeting Tami at the Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art they have collaboratedtogether to create extraordinary fused glass pieces speciﬁcally designed for inclusion in mosaicart.
“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way–things I had
no words for.”-Georgia O’Keefe
“Mosaic art offers the sweet possibility that the random,disparate bits-and-pieces of our lives can yield peace,beauty, and meaning.” ~Susan Crocenzi
Susan’s work has been featured in several publications, including Mosaic: FindingYour Own Voice, and Breakout by Brit Hammer, Mosaic Art Now Magazine, 2008,and the cover of textbook, Communication Mosaics by Julia Wood, 2009.Exhibits include Mosaic Art International, 2010 (Smith Museum of Stained Glass,Chicago, IL), Mosaic Art International, 2009 (Museum of Man, San Diego), TheInstitute of Mosaic Art (Oakland, CA), Cutting Edges: Contemporary Mosaic Art(Portland, OR), Mowen Solinsky Gallery (Nevada City, CA), and ContemporaryMosaic Art 2009, (Ciel Gallery, Charlotte, NC).Retail representation includes Aimee Taylor Handcrafted Gallery and As If ArtStudios (Grass Valley, CA).Susan is proud to have studied with the following mosaic artists: Ellen Blakeley,Laurel True, Laurel Skye, Sonia King, Sue Gianotti, and Yulia Hanensen.
Carol Shelkin is a mosaic artist who creates fine art pieces for galleries, homes, architectural and public settings internationally. It was made clear at a young age that Carol’s life would be centered upon her passion for creating and teaching art. Carol continued her studies at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Fleisher Art Memorial, and Philadelphia College of Art. She eventually opened an arts-nursery school/child care where she works today. Along with her school, Carol has been teaching a variety of art mediums to adults worldwide. Gathering community and making art is a special passion and she has worked with up to 600 students at one time to complete a public mosaic.
Carol, having a successful career in painting and pottery, has been accepting commissions with mosaic work as well as being invited to show her work worldwide. She has won many honors and awards including works at Ciel Gallery, N.C. with Maestro Giulio Menossi, Italy, honoring her mosaic. Her mosaic portrait, In A Village has been displayed at The Museum of Man, San Diego during Mosaic Arts International 2009 after one year of mosaic experience. She was invited to display another portrait Fabulous Hair during Mosaic Arts International 2010 at Smith Museum of Stained Glass, Chicago, Ill., and was honored again to have another portrait on exhibition at Mosaic Arts International 2011 in Austin, Texas.
The dominant influence on Carol’s work would be the simple joy of living. She is a member of the Society of American Mosaic Artists, British Association of Mosaic Artists, Philadelphia Magic Gardens, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia Art Museum and a Juried member of The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen.
Tami’s latest installation from All Cracked Up Mosaics
Below is a picture of my latest installation. The lizard is approximately 8 sq. ft done in Mexican smalti, gold smalti and stained glass. This lizard is now living on the shower wall of a wonderful couple’s home here in Santa Barbara. The installation of the lizard went flawlessly due to general contractor Eric Knight. If it were not for Eric and his incredible attention to detail I would not have been able to have had such an effortless time getting the lizard to it’s final spot. Eric did an incredible job on both the bathroom and bedroom of this home remodel. I was lucky enough to be part of another amazing project here in SB. Thank you Eric!
“Absolutely love it, Tami! The colors are exactly what I was hoping for, kind of mysterious and other-worldly. I’m imagining this animal as something wild and dangerous set against the order and mathematical certainty of the Mexican tile design that will encircle it. You’re spinning magic.”
LAB is a great way to work on all your mosaic projects. For $20/hour you have access to the SBSMA studio, all adhesives, grout, tools and my guidance as well as not worrying about making or cleaning up your mess.
Email for more details or to reserve a time.
If you would like to learn mosaic art but do not have the time or weekend availability now for $45/hour you can book a minimum of two hours with Tami privately to have the full undivided attention with access to the studio tools, adhesives and grout.
SBSMA Birthday Parties
Have your next child’s birthday party at SBSMA. Any age, up to 12 kids. Rates based on time and materials. Call or email for more info.
Gift certificates are now available. Any size amount towards classes, kits, tiles or other supplies. What a great holiday or birthday gift.
Recent Publicity Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art is once again being mentioned in such a great and gracious way. Check out 805living.com online. Go to page 46 & 47 and read a great article on Santa Barbara local mosaic artist Dan Chrynko and a nice mention about learning how to make mosaic art at SBSMA.
LAB punch card
SBSMA LAB punch card. For every 10 hours of LAB time you get the 11th hour free. Students are loving their punch cards and getting their free hours.
SBSMA Supply Store
SBSMA has all your mosaic art supply needs. More new colors added to the tile collection as well as stained glass, Italian Smalti and Vitreous glass. There are new tools stocked up as well as nippers, files, adhesives and grouts. Just added are Leponitt brand mosaic wheel nippers for $28.95.
Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art
Weekly LAB email blasts will now go out to inform you on days and times.