1410 News from Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art


October 2014
Mosaics, mosaics, mosaics!!!!  That is what we create here SBSMA and all  over the world!!  The art of mosaic has quite a history and it is incredible the renaissance it has also had over the last 20 years or so!

Here at SBSMA we like to celebrate all of it.  
~There are world renown visiting artists/teachers that share their skills and techniques so each student can evolve as a better mosaic artist.
~ There is open studio time, aka LAB, where students can spend time in the studio and be guided when necessary, to better their cutting skills, color choices or any other questions they may have.  
~ There are workshops taught by Tami, such as Table Top or Garden Sphere where a complete novice can create a piece and be proud of it and enjoy in their home or garden.  


Experience is everything so whether students create mosaics as a hobby or a business, it is my passion here at SBSMA to create the best environment to learn, create and explore!


The Todos Santos Mosaic Art Retreat departs December 7th-13th, for the trip of a lifetime.  Incredible food, great shopping and of course creative mosaic expression.  

Working in mosaic art can be a very therapeutic experience and it is a great way to give yourself a chance to create something even if you have little to no experience while listening to the waves crash below you and a warm breeze blowing!

Click here to email Tami for more details~


Mosaic Retreat with Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art
Todos Santos, Mexico
December 7 – 13, 2014


Mosaic                                                            Workshop                                                            Mexico

If you missed this fabulously spirited retreat last winter, please join us December 7 – 13, 2014. Join Tami Macala in Todos Santos, Mexico  for a lot of sea, a lot of sand, and a riot of color.

Mosaic                                                            Workshop                                                            MexicoImagine creating art with spectacular ocean views to inspire you, beautiful gardens and pools to relax you, and a personal chef to prepare gourmet meals to sustain you. This is just the beginning of the Todos Santos mosaic art retreat.

You’ll spend one full week creating mosaic art in one of the most creative and peaceful settings on the Baja Peninsula, the pueblo magico of Todos Santos. The accommodations for this retreat will be at the beautiful boutique hotel, Los Colibris Casitas. Los Colibris has 4 wonderfully inviting casitas, each with comfortable beds, great bathrooms and private patios from which you can enjoy the amazing scenery and ocean views. The infinity pool and hot tub are great for star gazing and observing the humpback and grey whales that are often visitors at this time of year.

Mosaic                                                            Workshop                                                            MexicoDuring this mosaic art retreat each participant will work on a flat 3D shape, using your own found objects, sentimental pieces, millefiori, mirror and stained glass. We’ll learn how to work with tinted mortar/thinset and grout. Participants will also learn how to embed the colorful pieces into the mortar to create a color gradation while not using grout. Grout will be used on the edges of the piece, and we’ll learn to tint that as well. Once mastered, this process is easy to reproduce at home.



Last but not least this month and November will bring three incredibly talented and wonderful visiting artists back to SBSMA.

First, we have Kelley Knickerbocker teaching her newly designed workshop “Strata Various” Oct. 24-26.  She will be diving into a whole new world of techniques and sharing how to create work with intention on space and tesserae.  
Second, we will have Carol Shelkin and her “Portraiture” workshop Nov. 13th&14th.  Carol returns to SBSMA to share her talents on how to create a stained glass mosaic portrait using her specific style and amazing techniques. 
Third, we have Betsy Gallery and her “3 Day Intensive, Classic Mosaic Techniques, Materials and Tools” Nov. 21st-23rd.  Students will get hands on experience working with the traditional materials and tools used in the classic mosaics from centuries ago up to present day.
Have a great OCTOBER 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.
  • 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.
  • Secrets of Mosaicking with Beads with Sharra Frank, students explore the benefits of incorporating beads into mosaics.  January 10th& 11th.
  • 3 Day classical mosaic techniques & materials with Betsy Gallery, students will work with the classic materials, techniques and tools to create a small classic masterpiece. 

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



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~Lorentz Hart  



Schedule for latest upcoming workshops!

Workshop                                  Instructor               Date                               Fee

Create your own tinted substrate      Tami Macala                      Oct. 22                $185.
Strata Various                                            Kelley Knickerbocker   Oct.  24-26         $350+mat
Table Top                                                     Tami Macala                     Nov. 1/2              $225.+base
Portraiture w/Stained Glass                Carol Shelkin                    Nov. 13/14         $425.+mat 
Classic techniques, materials & tools Betsy Gallery                  Nov. 21-23         $375+mat 
Todos Santos Retreat                               Tami Macala                    Dec. 7-13            $1699.00
One day Xmas Ornament                        Tami Macala                    Dec. 16th           $110.
Sharra Frank magic with Beads           Sharra Frank                   Jan. 10/11          $350+mat.


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.

Photos from our 

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.  















Tami teaches her workshops in a relaxed yet very informative environment.  I am already planning to attend at least two more workshops this year!  I have found my new happy place.  DW, Santa Barbara.


I flew across the country to take a workshop at SBSMA, and got so much more.  Tami has created a wonderful, relaxed and structured environment to teach and host wonderful visiting artists.  I would not hesitate to fly back again for another workshop.  So happy to have found SBSMA!  MH, New York, NY.


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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.

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 birthday party at SBSMA.   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.



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. Liquid tints.  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. 



Tami Macala
artist & owner
Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art
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