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

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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

admin : January 1, 2015 1:39 pm : newsletters

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

admin : January 1, 2015 1:38 pm : newsletters
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

admin : January 1, 2015 1:37 pm : newsletters
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
 Feel free to tell your friends and family about us and “like” us

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1411 News from Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art

admin : January 1, 2015 1:36 pm : newsletters
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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