Here at SBSMA we are looking back and looking forward all at the same time as we celebrate 5 years! It feels like an incredible accomplishment and so excited to move forward into the next 5 years!!
It has been such a wonderful experience to be both the teacher and artist here at SBSMA. I feel very grateful to call my passion my job, and so fortunate to be able to share it with my clients. Here is a little excerpt from a client’s blog about one of the commissions I created for her….
The sun below is very near and dear to me!!! It was made by a local woman artist named Tami. She has been a friend of the family for years!!! That makes it pretty special BUT That the real reason it is very special is because it was given to me by my family, the dear friends that I work with!!! Each person contributed to it. It was a thrill to receive and a joy to look at!!! I love it so much!!! It is made with special pieces of glass, random trinkets, mementos and a special lapel pin from grandmother. I was so touched! So thrilled! So happy!! It is beyond BEYOND! I thank each and everyone of them for making it and making me feel special every time I look at it!!!! And to Tami too!!! Xo
Just a few weeks ago SBSMA hosted Carol Shelkin for a wonderful Stained Glass Portraiture mosaic workshop. She lead a great group of students through the steps in teaching them about value, shading and tone all while creating a mosaic. I often say Carol teaches an entire semester of art in two days…..Always worth it….Looking forward to her visit again next year!
December has two more workshops before the year is up!
Sunday December 7th is Wine & Mosaics, hosted at the wonderful winery Casa Dumetz Wines in Los Alamos. 1p-4p, $40/person. Each participant will create a 6″x 6″ trivet using the ever so vibrant Mexican Smalti glass tiles.
Sunday December 14th is the Holiday Ornament workshop. Using light weight Wedi board as our shapes and creating the mosaic with beads, baubles, millefiori and glass each student will make 1-2 ornaments. We will create these one of kind mosaics using the pastry bag method and embedding. Once again having fun, learning new techniques and creating mosaic art!
If you are looking more into 2015 for a fun and exciting workshop, look no further than Sharra Frank and The Secrets of Mosaicking with Beads, January 10th&11th. Who wouldn’t want to be in a workshop that gives out secrets???? Here is your chance, click here for more details!
A few more workshops to consider as the NEW year gets started!!
Garden Sphere 4 Tues.evenings Jan. 13/20/27/Feb.3
Intro to Glass Fusing Jan. 14/15
Light Weight Concrete Jan. 24/25
Mexican Smalti Jan. 31/Feb.1
Table Top mosaic Feb. 21/22
Classical Tools and Techniques Feb. 27/Mar.1
Recently I had a wonderful visit from world renowned mosaic artistAndjelka Radojevic. Andjelka is well known for classic and iconography mosaics, and is here in the US teaching, including one more workshop in New York Dec. 11-14. Even though our visit was short we covered many areas regarding mosaics, travel and her return to SBSMA in the future.
Here’s to a peaceful DECEMBER and a
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
SOME OF THE FEATURED VISITING ARTISTS COMING TO SBSMA:
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.
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.
“Wide-awake I can make my most fantastic dreams come true.”
Schedule for latest upcoming workshops!
Workshop Instructor Date Fee
Wine and Mosaics Tami Macala Dec. 7th $ 40.
One day Xmas Ornament Tami Macala Dec. 14th $110. Sharra Frank magic with Beads Sharra Frank Jan. 10/11 $350+mat. Garden Sphere/Boulder workshop Tami Macala Jan.13,20,27 $275. Feb. 3rd Tues. eve 6p-9p Intro to Glass Fusing Tami Macala Jan. 14/15 $195. Create light weight concrete Tami Macala Jan. 24/25 $225. Table Top mosaic Tami Macala Feb. 21/22 $225.+bse
BEGINNER WORKSHOPS ARE ON ONE FRIDAY or SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH $165.
DETAILS OF THESE WORKSHOPS AND MORE ARE LISTED ON THE SCHEDULE PAGE OF THE WEBSITE
Carol Shelkin’s Stained Glass Portraiture Mosaic Workshop
LIQUID TINTS AVAILABLE FOR SALE HERE AT SBSMA!
LIQUID TINT 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.
Next TODOS SANTOS MOSAIC ART RETREAT
APRIL 12TH-18TH, 2015!
Few spots left!!!
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.
Kelley Knickerbocker Strata Various workshop….”I had very high expectations of this workshop and you surpassed all my expectations….Thank you!”
Ellen, Santa Barbara
On the space here at SBSMA….”Tami you have created a space here that is so relaxing and fun. It is much better than in a building, this natural lighting is the best.” Leeanne, Santa Ynez
Tami’s Garden Sphere workshop…..”I am so excited to take this and put it in my garden and tell all my friends I made it….Thank you for having your space and school here in Santa Barbara, a great reason to come up from LA”. Clare, Los Angeles
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 birthday party at SBSMA. 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.
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.
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Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art
Weekly LAB email blasts will now go out to inform you on days and times.