WHERE MOSAICS AND CREATIVITY COLLIDE!

Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art is a place to come learn and create mosaic art.  Open since 2009 by Tami Macala, the school offers a wide range of workshops covering many mosaic styles.  Many of these workshops are taught by Tami as well as many world renown  visiting artists.
Each month  you can come learn a new style or improve your skills.  The school is open for the very beginner to the more experienced.  There is something for everyone at SBSMA.  Nestled between the pacific ocean and the Santa Ynez wine country it is not only a a great place to learn mosaic art but a place to come explore and enjoy……

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Starting the New Year here at SBSMA

I love new beginnings.  Whether it is a new season, a new book or the new year!  Fresh start.  Something to look back on and see what can be improved and what can be discovered in the year to come.  Working as a mosaic artist and teacher, there is always room for discovery and growth.  I am passionate about what I do and as a mosaic art teacher I love sharing it with new and experienced students.  Mosaic art is having such a renaissance and so many artists are creating in new and unique styles.  I love watching the evolution of a new student that has taken their first workshop and how their right brain starts to really click with new and inspiring ideas.  The possibilities are limitless!!!   Here’s to a limitless 2015 for all mosaics and the artists creating them!!!

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2014 Mosaic Art Retreat Todos Santos: Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art

Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art
Retreat in Todos Santos, Mexico!
October 12th-18th, 2014

This email is to announce the second SBSMA Todos Santos Mosaic Art Retreat.  For those of you that may not know we are adventuring back to the magical town of Todos Santos.  After having such an incredible time back in March we decided there may be some folks that missed our first trip and would love to experience this amazing place.  
 
Many people have shown serious interest and are ready to book their tickets, so I want to give everyone has a chance to read all about this wonderful retreat before starting registration.  If these dates do not work we are booked to go 
December 7th-13th,2014 as well.  It will be the same style as this one creating the 3D Sun.

Now imagine 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 will 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.

During this mosaic art retreat each participant will work on a flat 3D shape, using your own found objects, sentimental pieces, milliefiori, mirror and stained glass. We will learn how to work with tinted mortar/thin set 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 which we will learn how to tint as well. Once mastered, this process is easy to reproduce at home.

Todos Santos is an artist colony on the Tropic of Cancer, just one hour north of Cabo San Lucas, but an entire world away. Nestled next to 70 miles of pristine, undeveloped beach, Todos Santos is famous for the remarkable quality of its light, which drew the first American artists from Taos in the 1980s. Since then artists of all stripes and nationalities have populated the town, which is a charming reflection of their passions with wonderful restaurants, art galleries, and shops. The people of Todos Santos are warm and welcoming, and love sharing the pleasures of their hometown with visitors. The beaches of nearby Pescadero and Cerritos are added bonuses.

This retreat SOLD OUT in March and the attendance for this retreat will be a maximum of 8.

Retreat Price:  $1,699.00 (based on double occupancy).

Price includes:

  • Airport transfer on arrival and departure (within time frames)
  • 6 nights lodging at Los Colibris
  • Sunday evening welcome reception
  • 5 full breakfasts & 5 lunches pool side by local chef Iker
  • Refreshing agua fresca throughout the work day
  • Evening transportation into town
  • Partial materials for mosaic piece

Instruction: 5 days from 10a-2p.  More work time will be available if desired.

You will have plenty of free time to explore Todos Santos and its surrounding areas. Popular activities include hiking, beach walks, whale watching, gallery strolls, shopping. There will also be excursion options that can be booked through Todos Santos Eco Adventures. Massage and yoga are offered at Los Colibris (Los Colibris’ yoga deck sits at the highest point of the property on the tropic of cancer, and has one of the most amazing views of the pacific).Room selections will be made in order of full payments received.

Here are a few websites to check out:

Los Colibris Hotel

Todos Santos Eco Adventures

Todos Santos Eco Adventures Facebook

To register, please email Tami with name and contact info at

tami@allcrackedupmosaics.com or call 805.703.4291.

Deposit of $850 (1/2) may be made through PayPal (2.5% more will be added to the total using Paypal) or check.
Material, tool list & instructions on packing will be sent after registration.
Payment in full must be completed by September 1, 2014.

Cancellation and refund policy:  All cancellations are subject to a 20% handling fee. For reservations canceled less than 90 days before the workshop, 50% is refundable. If canceled less than 60 days before the workshop, 25% is refundable. If canceled less than 45 days before the workshop, fee is non-refundable.  Should the retreat be canceled for any reason the entire amount paid will be refunded within fourteen days after the retreat’s cancellation. Instructors have no obligation regarding any additional costs or fees related to the issuance and/or cancellation of airline tickets or other travel reservations. Instructors and Los Colibris accept no liability for any airline cancellation penalty incurred by the purchase of a non-refundable ticket or for canceled flights.  Travel Insurance is recommended.  All workshop participants should consider purchasing Trip Cancellation, Emergency Medical Evacuation, Baggage, Accident and Medical insurance from a reputable insurance company.

About Tami the artist and instructor:
I am a professional mosaic artist and teacher. I have been creating art all my life, and mosaic art for almost 20 years. In 2009 I started the Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art based on my love for mosaic art and wanting share my passion with other creative people.
I have vacationed in Todos Santos several times in the past two years and have stayed at Los Colibris each trip.  I love the rustic and quaint feeling of Todos Santos, and Los Colibris is the perfect location for the accommodations and creating a wonderful environment for this mosaic retreat.
Please feel free to email or call Tami with any questions.

tami@allcrackedupmosaics.com or 805.703.4291

Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art
tami@allcrackedupmosaics.com
Santa Barbara, California 93111
8057034291
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2014 News from Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art – Ornaments Workshop

SANTA BARBARA SCHOOL OF MOSAIC ART



MOSAIC ART WORKSHOP UPDATE
As we are all starting to gear up for the holidays let’s not forget to take some time for ourselves.  Are you craving a little “me” time making mosaic art?  We have just added a great Mandalas and Mosaics Workshop and changed the date to a Saturday for the ONE DAY Ornament Mosaic Workshop!
Fun, relaxing and creative all at the same time.  They are great workshops for creating holiday gifts.
Here is a list of some of the workshops just added to the schedule as this year comes to a close and 2015 gets started!
Click here for the full schedule and details!

 

Mandalas and Mosaics Workshop                   Dec. 4th & 5th Fri/Sat.       $195.00

Create an Ornament ONE DAY workshop        Dec. 13th         Sat.           $110.00
Mosaicking with Beads w/Sharra Frank           Jan. 10th & 11th Fri/Sat.    $390.00
Intro to Glass Fusing and Mosaics                  Jan.  14th&15th  Wed/Thu  $195.00

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2014 News from Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art – Table Top Workshop

SANTA BARBARA SCHOOL OF MOSAIC ART



Table Top Workshop
November 1st & 2nd
SBSMA is offering a special discount for the Table Top workshop next month!!  You and a friend sign up and you will both receive 10% off the workshop fee!!  That is a $22.50 off the $225.00 price!
Beginners welcome!!
You must sign up with a friend to receive this offer!!
Call or email today to sign!

 

  

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1412 News from Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art

SANTA BARBARA SCHOOL OF MOSAIC ART


December 2014
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!
AND NOW……….
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. 

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

   

 

 “Wide-awake I can make my most fantastic dreams come true.”

~Lorentz Hart  

  

 

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   

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!!!!

“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.  

  

  

  

  

  

 

  

  

  

   
 

  

  

 

TESTIMONIALS

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

  

Click here to visit 
my new and redesigned website 
My Latest Commissions
complete and in process….






 
 
  
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
   
 

 

  

 
 

   

  

LAB
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. 
Publicity


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. 

  

 

Sincerely,
Tami Macala
artist & owner
Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art
SAMA Like us on Facebook
Weekly LAB email blasts will now go out to inform you on days and times. 
Please email me if you would like to receive these emails
  tami@allcrackedupmosaics.com
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SANTA BARBARA SCHOOL OF MOSAIC ART


November 2014
They say time flies when you are having fun.  I am here to say yes that is so true.  Where has 2014 gone?  Here we are in the last two months of the year and I feel like we are just getting started.  It has been so wonderful to have new and returning students come experience the creative and relaxing space here at SBSMA.  
The universal theme that seems to be resonating here is ‘doing something for myself’.  More and more people are realizing with our busy lives and schedules we need to take time for ourselves.  Creating art is one of the best ways to give  yourself that space and leave the chaos of life behind, even for just a few hours.   SBSMA is nestled between the pacific ocean and the Santa Ynez wine country.  There is no better place to let go of that left brain for a little while and let the right side be free.  Free to create, relax and just be.
On that note, the amazingly talented and ever so fun Kelley Knickerbocker made her third appearance here at SBSMA teaching the workshop “Strata Various”.   In one evening and two days she took her students through the process of creating a sample board, using only black, white and gray mortars as well as only black and white tesserae.  She taught how to create a substrate with mortar and mesh. And she put her signature talents on how the space between our tesserae is as important as the tess itself.  ONCE AGAIN Kelley Knickerbocker thank you….you are a great talent to have in our mosaic community!
In a few days we will have the great pleasure of hosting Carol Shelkin and her Stained Glass Portraiture mosaic art workshop.  There are two spots left, so if you are still considering it I would not wait.  November 13th&14th, 10a-5p.   
Lastly for the this month we will have the talented Betsy Gallery here to teach 3 Day Classical Techniques and Tools.  This a great introduction on how to create a mosaic using all the traditional tools, techniques and styles of old days to present. 
November 21st-23rd, 10a-5p.  
If you are looking more into 2015 for a fun and exciting workshop, look no further than Sharra Frank and The Secrets to 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!
Have a great NOVEMBER and hope to see you soon at SBSMA! 
 

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.
  • Portraiture with stained glass mosaic with Carol Shelkin, this workshop encourages students to use stained glass in a painterly fashion.
  • 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

   

 

 “Wide-awake I can make my most fantastic dreams come true.”

~Lorentz Hart  

  

 

Schedule for latest upcoming workshops!


Workshop                                  Instructor               Date                               Fee

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. 4th             $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 
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
 


Kelley Knickerbocker’s Strata Various 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   

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!!!!

“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.  

  

 

  

  

  

 

  

  

  

   
 

  

  

 

TESTIMONIALS

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 and with bad lighting”
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

  

Click here to visit 
my new and redesigned website 
My Latest Commissions
complete and in process….




 
 
  
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
   
 

 

  

 
 

   

  

LAB
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. 
Publicity


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. 

  

 

Sincerely,
Tami Macala
artist & owner
Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art
SAMA Like us on Facebook
Weekly LAB email blasts will now go out to inform you on days and times. 
Please email me if you would like to receive these emails
  tami@allcrackedupmosaics.com
 Feel free to tell your friends and family about us and “like” us

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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
$1699

 

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! 
 

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.
  • 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

   

 

 “Wide-awake I can make my most fantastic dreams come true.”

~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.
 
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
 

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.

Photos from our 
TODOS SANTOS MOSAIC ART RETREAT   

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!!!!

“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.  

  

 

  

  

  

 

  

  

  

   
 

  

  

 

TESTIMONIALS

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.

  

Click here to visit 
my new and redesigned website 
My Latest Commissions
complete and in process….


 
 
  
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
   
 

 

  

 
 

   

  

LAB
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. 
Publicity


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. 

  

 

Sincerely,
Tami Macala
artist & owner
Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art
SAMA Like us on Facebook
Weekly LAB email blasts will now go out to inform you on days and times. 
Please email me if you would like to receive these emails
  tami@allcrackedupmosaics.com
 Feel free to tell your friends and family about us and “like” us

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1409 News from Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art

SANTA BARBARA SCHOOL OF MOSAIC ART



September 2014
Here we are heading into the end of summer for most of the country, yet the beauty of living here in southern California is we have most often an Indian summer.  The days stay warm and the nights get a little cooler, but still plenty of time to work outside, paddle board at my favorite spots and enjoy outdoor living.   The workshops here at SBSMA are busy as ever and we are all enjoying the wonderful ocean breezes blowing through here.
On that note we have many great workshops coming up this month.  The Pique Assiette “broken plates” workshop is filling up, Sept. 13/14.  It is a great opportunity to work with personal objects that can be interspersed with broken china, crockery and other great finds.  This style is created around a small mirror to allow for the final product to be a functional piece of hanging art.  Beginners welcome!
We also have Intro to Glass Fusing.  Learning to glass fuse small pieces on day one then incorporating those pieces into a mosaic on day two.  It is a very informative and gratifying workshop, Sept. 18/19.  Beginners welcome!
We will end the month with the ever popular Garden Sphere/Boulder workshop.  This is a great two day hands on workshop to learn how to create a mosaic on a 3D object, Sept. 27/28.  Beginners welcome!
This is the last week to sign up for the Todos Santos, Mexico Mosaic Art Retreat, Oct. 12th-18th.  I am so excited to head back to this beautiful and mystical place.  We will be creating art while gazing out over the ocean,  practicing yoga (optional) on the outdoor yoga deck, eating fresh amazing food created by our chef Iker and listening to the waves crash as we fall asleep in comfortable and clean accommodations.  CLICK HERE FOR THE DETAILS….LAST 2 SPOTS AVAILABLE!!

Last but not least both October and November 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 SEPTEMBER 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.
  • 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

   

 

 “Wide-awake I can make my most fantastic dreams come true.”

~Lorentz Hart  

  

 

Schedule for upcoming workshops 


Workshop                                  Instructor               Date                               Fee

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 
Classic techniques, materials & tools Betsy Gallery                  Nov. 21-23         $375+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 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.


There are 2 spots left for the October 12th-18th, 2014 TODOS SANTOS MOSAIC RETREAT!!

 
Photos from our 
TODOS SANTOS MOSAIC ART RETREAT   

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!!!!

“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.  

  

 

  

  

  

 

  

  

  

   
 

  

  

 

TESTIMONIALS

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.

  

Click here to visit 
my new and redesigned website 
Tami’s Latest Commissions 

 
 
  
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
   
 

 

  

 
 

   

  

LAB
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. 
Publicity


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. 

  

 

Sincerely,
Tami Macala
artist & owner
Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art
SAMA Like us on Facebook
Weekly LAB email blasts will now go out to inform you on days and times. 
Please email me if you would like to receive these emails
  tami@allcrackedupmosaics.com
 Feel free to tell your friends and family about us and “like” us

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1408 News from Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art

logo for Santa                                                Barbara school of mosaic                                                art

SANTA BARBARA SCHOOL OF MOSAIC ART



August 2014
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.
  • OTHER FEATURED VISITING ARTISTS DUE TO COME IN 2015 ARE SHARRA FRANK & LAUREL SKYE!  STAY TUNED FOR DATES!

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

   

 

 “Wide-awake I can make my most fantastic dreams come true.”

~Lorentz Hart  

  

 

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   

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!!!!

“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.  

  

 

  

  

  

 

  

  

  

   
 

  

  

 

TESTIMONIALS
 

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.

 

  

  

  

Click here to visit 
my new and redesigned website 
Tami’s Latest Commissions 

 
 
  
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
   
 

 

  

 
 

   

  

LAB
LAB is a great way t