Someone once said to me that because SBSMA is called a “school” it should be in a proper building, or don’t call your business a “school.” We then looked up the definition and it defines “school” as “any institution at which instruction is given in a particular discipline.”
Now as most of you know I teach and run my “school” at my home studio, and while living in Santa Barbara I have the privilege on most days to teach outside in a canopy style covered space over looking our half acre which includes lush gardens, a chicken coop and other eclectic collectibles. Our weather here is quite lovely most of the time and the house sits up on a hill with a direct line as the crow flies about a mile from the ocean, so there is most always an ocean breeze blowing through the studio. Some days I have to say it is truly intoxicating.
Now I share this info with you not to lure you here to SBSMA (but if that description did it…GREAT) only to share that sometimes the best places to be are not in a prescribed building to share talents and teach a particular discipline but sometimes it’s right in your own backyard.
Now then, SBSMA is brimming with new workshops! Check the schedule for a new Pique Assiette (broken plates) workshop, the Mexican Smalti that has been added to this month or the Christmas one day ornament mosaic workshop! Many more can be viewed below and click here for the schedule page to get more details at the website.
Some of you have heard about the liquid tints, for tinting your mortar/thin set or grout, they are now available for sale here at SBSMA! Yes it is true! The same tints being used by Erin Pankratz-Smith and Kelley Knickerbocker you can get here! You can order a set of 9 for $100.00 + s/h or singles for $11.50. They come in 9 vibrant colors and are in a 2 oz. squeeze bottle for easy control. Below is a picture of the color chart for your convenience!
We had a great workshop this past month with Carol Shelkin (pictures below). She taught her Realism workshop to 9 very enthusiastic and eager students. So enthusiastic we got her to schedule her next workshop right away with immediate sign ups! Carol will return with her Portraiture workshop November
13th & 14th. Click here for more details. This workshop is filling fast, do not wait to register.
Other exciting news, I have been voted on to the Society of American Mosaic Artists board. It is an honor and as a new board member trustee I am looking forward to sharing my experiences with the SAMA community!
Last but not least we have two spots left for the Todos Santos Mosaic Art retreat! Once they are filled this retreat will be closed! Next one is December 7th-13th! Click here for the full details!
Have a great AUGUST and hope to see you soon at SBSMA!
SOME OF THE FEATURED VISITING ARTISTS COMING TO 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.
Portraiture with stained glass mosaic with Carol Shelkin, this workshop encourages students to use stained glass in a painterly fashion.
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.
“Wide-awake I can make my most fantastic dreams come true.”
Schedule for upcoming workshops
Workshop Instructor Date Fee
3D Heart with Bling! Tami Macala Aug. 13/14 $210. Mexican Smalti Betsy Gallery Aug. 21/22 $250.+mat. Pique Assiette mosaic Tami Macala Sept. 13/14 $225. Intro to glass fusing mosaics Tami Macala Sept. 18/19 $195. Table Top mosaic Tami Macala Sept. 27/28 $210. +base Todos Santos mosaic retreat Tami Macala Oct. 12-18 $1699. Strata Various Kelley Knickerbocker Oct. 24-26 $350.+mat. Garden sphere/Boulder Tami Macala Nov. 1/2 $275. Portraiture w/Stained Glass Carol Shelkin Nov. 13/14 $425.+mat.
BEGINNER WORKSHOPS MOST FIRST FRIDAY AND SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH $165.
DETAILS OF THESE WORKSHOPS AND MORE ARE LISTED ON THE SCHEDULE PAGE OF THE WEBSITE
LIQUID TINTS COLOR CHART
Each color is named after one of the Channel Islands off the coast of Santa Barbara and Ventura!
$100/set of 9 or $11.50/color + SH.
CAROL SHELKIN’S “REALISM” WORKSHOP
There are 2 spots left for the October 12th-18th, 2014 TODOS SANTOS MOSAIC RETREAT!!
Photos from our
TODOS SANTOS MOSAIC ART RETREAT
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 Algorri
The last day of our mosaic workshop! Don’t we look happy!!!!
“LADIES WHO MOSAIC”
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.
LAB is a great way to work on all your mosaic projects. For $20/hour or a monthly $50.00 recurring payment 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. Publicity
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.
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 $32.00.
Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art
Weekly LAB email blasts will now go out to inform you on days and times.