1406 News from Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art

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June 2014
Summer, Summer, Summer!!! Those of you that do know me, this is my favorite time of year!  I love it all!!  Hot days, BBQ with friends and teaching and creating mosaic art all while working in the outdoor studio!
Fun and creative workshops have been added to the schedule for this summer….both weekdays and weekends.  Scroll down to check them out!
Another favorite part is inviting east coast artists to teach here while we have such great weather.  On that note….I cannot express enough the excitement for SBSMA’s next visiting artist.  
CAROL SHELKIN….if you have not heard of her then here is a link to her work.
Carol teaches in such a relaxed and educationally expanding way. You will be amazed at the amount of information you absorb and what you will be able to do to incorporate all of this into YOUR mosaic art!  
Here is a link to the schedule page for more details.  
There are a few spaces left so I would not wait!  Email or call for more details or to sign up….805.703.4291.  
“LADIES WHO MOSAIC” has become a very popular event here at SBSMA.  If you and group of your friends, men too, want to come together for a fun evening of creating a small mosaic art piece, relax and enjoy some refreshments and snacks, this is the place to do it!!
If you are interested in a gift for any celebration SBSMA has gift certificates for any amount!
Listed below are just some of the workshops coming up here at SBSMA!  Check the schedule for plenty more!
 Have a great JUNE and hope to see you soon at SBSMA! 



  • Mexican Smalti with Betsy Gallery, create a flower design using color gradation and shading while learning proper cutting and lay out techniques. 
  • Indirect method on a stepping stone with Betsy Gallery, learn to work in the indirect method using marble and stone while creating on a stepping stone.  
  • Color Gradation with Erin Pankratz-Smith, playing with different colors paths, students will learn how to make successful, subtle, color transitions that will add new depth to their work.
  • Classical Direct Method-3Day intensive with Michael Kruzichusing traditional materials students will learn to work with a hammer and hardie as well as understand applications theories and andamento basics.
  • Strata Various with Kelley Knickerbocker learn to see unique potential in any material and then maximize that potential by shape, angle, spacing, contrast and proximity to others.
  • Realism in Stained Glass Mosaic: Faces, Flowers and Fruits, with Carol Shelkin a hands on workshop using modern mosaic techniques to understand design, composition and design theory in realism. 

All these workshops and more can be found at  www.santabarbaraschoolofmosaicsart.com



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~Lorentz Hart  



Schedule for upcoming workshops 

Workshop                                  Instructor               Date                               Fee

Everything Mosaic                                    Tami Macala                     June 17/18            $185.
Table Top mosaic                                       Tami Macala                    June 28/29          $195. +base 
Realism with stained glass mosaic  Carol Shelkin                   July 8/9                 $400.+$65
Intro to Glass fusing & mosaics         Tami Macala                    July 15/16              $195.
Garden sphere/Boulder                         Tami Macala                    July 26/27            $275. 
3D Heart with Bling!                                Tami Macala                    Aug. 9/10              $210.
Mexican Smalti                                            Betsy Gallery                    Aug. 19/20           $250.+mat. 
Strata Various                                              Kelley Knickerbocker  Oct.24/26            $350.+mat. 

The October 12th-18th, 2014 retreat is filling up!!


MARCH 2014 

All the wonderful women and their completed 3D Flat Mosaic Suns


  The view from the rooms and the covered deck the mosaic workshop takes place on.

A couple in progress shots of the 3D Flat Sun Mosaics with beads, baubles and gems.
A couple completed and beautifully creative suns!
   The incredibly fresh and delicious food cooked with love by our chef Iker Algorr
The last day of our mosaic workshop!  Don’t we look happy!!!!

7 friends came together for a fun 3 hour get together just to hang out and create mosaic art.  In that short but busy time they chose their colors and design and began nipping.  They used stained glass on 7″x7″ boards to create their fun and unique pieces.  They all went home with their own piece of mosaic art.  


If you would like to get a group of your friends together for a birthday party, bachelorette party or just for a fun and creative time, email Tami for details.  















Like a Zen Master, Tami floats among the students, helping where necessary and coaching us to perfect our works of art. I’m impressed she has remembered all our names! She shows us how to shape the ceramic pieces to best fit into spaces on our boards. H.H.

Hi Tami- I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the mosaic workshop last weekend.  The class was fun and the outdoor setting was perfect.  I am spreading the word around town 🙂 E.S.





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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.

Private Lessons

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 

Gift certificates are now available.  Any size amount towards classes, kits, tiles or other supplies.  What a great holiday or birthday gift.


 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. 



Tami Macala
Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art
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