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1405 News from Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art

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May 2014
I am back from the 2014 Society of American Mosaic Artists conference and on FIRE!!
5 days in Houston and I am so excited to be back working in the studio and teaching workshops.  I learned so much at the conference, met some incredibly talented artists and saw some great friends.  
The SAMA conference is a great way  for me to get energized and fired up and come back and put that energy into my work and my teaching.  If you have ever considered going to a conference don’t wait.  
2015 SAMA conference will be in Philadelphia.  The home of Isaiah Zagar’s Magic Garden as well as many other incredible sites. 
On to the SBSMA business……workshops, workshops, workshops!
SBSMA is introducing it’s first evening series workshop.  It will be a Garden Sphere/Boulder workshop.  Tuesday evenings from 6p-9p May 13th, 20th, 27th and June 3rd.  This is a great way to enjoy a few evenings of being creative, making a functional piece of art and having your weekends free!  There are a few spaces left in this workshop, but don’t wait!
 
Are you ready to dive in and take an amazing workshop from one of the best visiting artists?  
Carol Shelkin will return on July 8th & 9th, for her 
Realism in Stained Glass Mosaics: Faces, Flowers and Fruits.  This workshop sells out across the country.  We are lucky to have her here once again!  Email or call to get signed up!
 
This summer if you and a few friends would like to spend an evening making a small mosaic wall hanging in 3 hours while enjoying a little wine and cheese, then the “Ladies who Mosaic” is the perfect thing for you! Email or call for more details.  
 
If you are interested in a gift for Mother’s day, Birthdays or any other celebration SBSMA has gift certificates for any amount!
 
Listed below are just some of the workshops coming up here at SBSMA!  Check the schedule for plenty more!
 Have a great May 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.
  • Classical Direct Method-3Day intensive with Michael Kruzichusing traditional materials students will learn to work with a hammer and hardie as well as understand applications theories and andamento basics.
  • 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.
  • Realism in Stained Glass Mosaic: Faces, Flowers and Fruits, with Carol Shelkin a hands on workshop using modern mosaic techniques to understand design, composition and design theory in realism. 

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

Garden sphere/Boulder                       Tami Macala                     May 13-June 3    $275.
3D Heart mosaic                                       Tami Macala                     May 17/18              $220.
Everything Mosaic                                   Tami Macala                     June 17/18            $185.
Table Top mosaic                                      Tami Macala                     June 28/29          $195. +base 
Realism with stained glass mosaic  Carol Shelkin                   July 8/9                 $400.+$65
Intro to Glass fusing & mosaics        Tami Macala                     July 15/16             $195.
Garden sphere/Boulder                        Tami Macala                     July 28/29            $275. 
 
DETAILS OF THESE WORKSHOPS AND MORE ARE LISTED ON THE SCHEDULE PAGE OF THE WEBSITE
 

Here are few pix from last months newsletter incase you missed it!  The next retreats are October and December this year!

 
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.

 

  

  

  


 
Tami’s Latest Commissions 

 
“Lion, for me?”
Approx. 27″x16″.  Created on WEDI board using sentimental and found objects as well as glass fusions, stained glass, dichoric glass, Mexican smalti, millefiori and mirror.  The mortar and grout are tinted with SBSMA liquid tint.
 
 
“Ginni the swirling sun part deux”
 
This is the second swirling sun I had the honor of making.  There is now one on each side of the chimney.  This one I added more bling with beads, found objects and eyelashes.  It is purposefully tilting..
 
 
 
up close 
 
  
 
“Gradient Sunshine”  
 
This piece was commissioned as birthday present for a lovely woman here in Santa Barbara by her family.  Constructed on Wedi board, using found objects, mirror edging and sides with tinted mortar and grout.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
“Swirling Bench”
 
This bench was commissioned by the same family as “Ginni, the swirling sun”.  It has a lovely home in the garden under the fireplace chimney with it’s coordinating “Ginni, the swirling sun”.  
The wrought iron frame was designed and fabricated by David Shelton, a local SB iron artist.   
 
   
 

 

 

 

 

“Ginni, the swirling sun”

This piece was commissioned by a lovely family here in Santa Barbara.  It was created on Hardiebacker board using high fire tile and glass fusions.  It was grouted using Spectra lock dazzle epoxy grout with gold glitter.  It was mounted using french cleats.  It measures 36″ diameter.

 

 
 

   

  

LAB
LAB is a great way to work on all your mosaic projects. For $20/hour 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 child’s birthday party at SBSMA.  Any age, up to 12 kids.  Rates based on time and materials.  Call or email for more info. 

 
Gift Certificates 

Gift certificates are now available.  Any size amount towards classes, kits, tiles or other supplies.  What a great holiday or birthday gift.

 

 LAB punch card  

SBSMA LAB punch card.  For every 10 hours of LAB time you get the 11th hour free.  Students are loving their punch cards and getting their free hours. 

  

SBSMA Supply Store

 SBSMA has all your mosaic art supply needs. More new colors added to the tile collection as well as stained glass, Italian Smalti and Vitreous glass. There are new tools stocked up as well as nippers, files, adhesives and grouts.  Just added are Leponitt brand mosaic wheel nippers for $28.95. 

  

 

Sincerely,
Tami Macala
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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1404 News from Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art

admin : January 1, 2015 1:28 pm : newsletters
logo for Santa                                                Barbara school of mosaic                                                art
SANTA BARBARA SCHOOL OF MOSAIC ART



April 2014
The line “time flies” has never meant more than a couple weeks ago when myself and seven lovely students arrived in Todos Santos, Mexico for the first SBSMA Todos Santos Mosaic Art Retreat.  
I don’t remember the last time a week went by so fast.  It was a blissful week filled with colorful mosaic art, incredibly fresh and delicious food made with love every time by our own chef Iker Algorri and the wonderful ocean with the waves breaking right below us.  And yes a few whales swam by and flapped their very large fins at us!
If all that sounds too incredible trust me it was!!  Each student created their own special sun (pictures below) using sentimental items as well as colorful beads, baubles and gems.  We tinted our mortar as well as our grout and edged off the sun rays with mirror for extra light reflection.   
There are so many stories to tell and I could go on for hours.  Our group was so harmonious , we met wonderful artists at their homes and galleries and the incredible service we received from Sergio and Bryan of Los Colibris, the small boutique hotel where the retreat was held.  
The only thing I can say is the next SBSMA Mosaic Art Retreat dates are set for OCTOBER 12TH -18TH  & DECEMBER 7TH-13TH, 2014…if you are interested feel free to click here to email for more details.   You can chose from either of these dates and we will create the 3D Sun Mosaics.  There is a minimum space for 6 and maximum for 10.  Many have showed interest so I would not wait.  Click here for details about these dates.   
 
SBSMA is introducing it’s first evening series workshop.  It will be a Garden Sphere/Boulder workshop.  Tuesday evenings from 6p-9p May 13th, 20th, 27th and June 3rd.  There is also more LAB time and lots of private parties.  
 
Listed below are just some of the workshops coming up here at SBSMA!  Check the schedule for plenty more!
 Have a great April 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.
  • Classical Direct Method-3Day intensive with Michael Kruzichusing traditional materials students will learn to work with a hammer and hardie as well as understand applications theories and andamento basics.
  • 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.l

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

Table Top mosaic                                     Tami Macala                     April 16/17           $195. +base
Intro Stained Glass                                 Tami Macala                     April 22/23          $185.
Garden sphere/Boulder                       Tami Macala                     May 13-June 3    $260.
3D Heart mosaic                                       Tami Macala                     May 17/18              $220.
Everything Mosaic                                   Tami Macala                     June 17/18            $185.
Table Top mosaic                                      Tami Macala                     June 28/29          $195. +base 
 
DETAILS OF THESE WORKSHOPS AND MORE ARE LISTED ON THE SCHEDULE PAGE OF THE WEBSITE
 

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!!!!

 

SBSMA’s 
“MOSAIC PARTY” 

 

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.

 

  

  

  


Tami’s Latest Commissions 

“Lion, for me?”
Approx. 27″x16″.  Created on WEDI board using sentimental and found objects as well as glass fusions, stained glass, dichoric glass, Mexican smalti, millefiori and mirror.  The mortar and grout are tinted with SBSMA liquid tint.
 
 
“Ginni the swirling sun part deux”
 
This is the second swirling sun I had the honor of making.  There is now one on each side of the chimney.  This one I added more bling with beads, found objects and eyelashes.  It is purposefully tilting..
 
 
 
up close 
 
  
 
“Gradient Sunshine”  
 
This piece was commissioned as birthday present for a lovely woman here in Santa Barbara by her family.  Constructed on Wedi board, using found objects, mirror edging and sides with tinted mortar and grout.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
“Swirling Bench”
 
This bench was commissioned by the same family as “Ginni, the swirling sun”.  It has a lovely home in the garden under the fireplace chimney with it’s coordinating “Ginni, the swirling sun”.  
The wrought iron frame was designed and fabricated by David Shelton, a local SB iron artist.   
 
   
 

 

 

 

 

“Ginni, the swirling sun”

This piece was commissioned by a lovely family here in Santa Barbara.  It was created on Hardiebacker board using high fire tile and glass fusions.  It was grouted using Spectra lock dazzle epoxy grout with gold glitter.  It was mounted using french cleats.  It measures 36″ diameter.

 

 
  

  

  

  

LAB
LAB is a great way to work on all your mosaic projects. For $20/hour 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 child’s birthday party at SBSMA.  Any age, up to 12 kids.  Rates based on time and materials.  Call or email for more info. 

 
Gift Certificates 

Gift certificates are now available.  Any size amount towards classes, kits, tiles or other supplies.  What a great holiday or birthday gift.

 

 LAB punch card  

SBSMA LAB punch card.  For every 10 hours of LAB time you get the 11th hour free.  Students are loving their punch cards and getting their free hours. 

  

SBSMA Supply Store

 SBSMA has all your mosaic art supply needs. More new colors added to the tile collection as well as stained glass, Italian Smalti and Vitreous glass. There are new tools stocked up as well as nippers, files, adhesives and grouts.  Just added are Leponitt brand mosaic wheel nippers for $28.95. 

  

 

Sincerely,
Tami Macala
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

Comments are closed

1403 News from Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art

admin : January 1, 2015 1:25 pm : newsletters
logo for Santa                                                Barbara school of mosaic                                                art
SANTA BARBARA SCHOOL OF MOSAIC ART



March 2014
Here is it the first week of March.  I feel spring coming right around the corner.  More light during our days and more and more warm weather, not that we have suffered, like our friends to the east and north.  We did finally get some much needed rain, which leads right into my next paragraph.
 
The wonderful and amazingly creative Kelley Knickerbocker returned this past weekend to a SOLD OUT workshop.  This group of very enthusiastic and passionate students created amazing works as well as rolled with some incredible weather punches.  Santa Barbara experienced pretty much it’s entire rainy season in two days.  We had a different location each day but that did not stop this group from learning new techniques working with beads, baubles and textured clear glass on a mirror substrate, as well as grouting with epoxy grout.  This group accomplished so much this weekend and had a great time doing it.  Kelley will return in the fall with another new and exciting workshop she calls “Strata Various”click here for details.  See pictures below from this weekends workshop.
Have you ever wanted to learn how the classical masters created mosaics back 2000+years ago?  Do you enjoy working in more traditional materials, such as marble, stone and smalti glass?  Would you like to learn how to in three days with someone that has mastered these skills?  Then next month’s (April 10-12) Classical Direct Method-3 day intensive is for you! 
This will be an incredible workshop.  Taught by Michael Kruzich, who has been to Ravenna, Italy almost a half a dozen times to study with Luciana Notturni at the Mosaic Art School.  He has her blessing to bring back her teachings and share them with lucky students like us.  Each student will leave with a very thorough knowledge of using a hammer and hardie as well as working in this classical mosaic technique while using the traditional materials.  Click here for more details regarding this workshop.
SBSMA is now selling liquid tints for all your tinting needs. Using a small amount of these tints can give you a high saturation level on both your thin set and grout.  These tints are being highly regarded by many of the teachers teaching here at SBSMA.  If you are interested please email or call.  They come in 9 colors and are $10.50/2oz bottle.
Lastly, the Todos Santos Mosaic Art Retreat is SOLD OUT.   I look forward to sharing this incredible spot with these students and returning with lots of stories and pictures to share.  Once we return dates for the next one will be set, so don’t fret we will go again!
 

 

Have a great March 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.
  • Classical Direct Method-3Day intensive with Michael Kruzichusing traditional materials students will learn to work with a hammer and hardie as well as understand applications theories and andamento basics.

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

 

Todos Santos Retreat                             Tami Macala                     Mar.16-22            $1599. 
Classical direct techniques                Michael Kruzich             April 10-12           $400+$70mat 
Table Top mosaic                                     Tami Macala                     April 16/17           $195. +base
Garden sphere mosaic                          Tami Macala                     May 17/18             $275.
Table Top mosaic                                      Tami Macala                     June 28/29         $195. +base 
 
MORE WORKSHOPS LISTED ON THE SCHEDULE PAGE OF THE WEBSITE
 



Kelley Knickerbocker’s Glass on Mirror: 
Color, Texture, Bling! 

SBSMA’s 
“MOSAIC PARTY” 

 

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.

 

  

  

  


Tami’s Latest Commissions 
 
“Ginni the swirling sun part deux”
 
This is the second swirling sun I had the honor of making.  There is now one on each side of the chimney.  This one I added more bling with beads, found objects and eyelashes.  It is purposefully tilting..
 
 
 
up close 
 
  
 
“Gradient Sunshine”  
 
This piece was commissioned as birthday present for a lovely woman here in Santa Barbara by her family.  Constructed on Wedi board, using found objects, mirror edging and sides with tinted mortar and grout.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
“Swirling Bench”
 
This bench was commissioned by the same family as “Ginni, the swirling sun”.  It has a lovely home in the garden under the fireplace chimney with it’s coordinating “Ginni, the swirling sun”.  
The wrought iron frame was designed and fabricated by David Shelton, a local SB iron artist.   
 
   
 

 

 

 

 

“Ginni, the swirling sun”

This piece was commissioned by a lovely family here in Santa Barbara.  It was created on Hardiebacker board using high fire tile and glass fusions.  It was grouted using Spectra lock dazzle epoxy grout with gold glitter.  It was mounted using french cleats.  It measures 36″ diameter.

 

 
  

  

  

  

LAB
LAB is a great way to work on all your mosaic projects. For $20/hour 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 child’s birthday party at SBSMA.  Any age, up to 12 kids.  Rates based on time and materials.  Call or email for more info. 

 
Gift Certificates 

Gift certificates are now available.  Any size amount towards classes, kits, tiles or other supplies.  What a great holiday or birthday gift.

 

 LAB punch card  

SBSMA LAB punch card.  For every 10 hours of LAB time you get the 11th hour free.  Students are loving their punch cards and getting their free hours. 

  

SBSMA Supply Store

 SBSMA has all your mosaic art supply needs. More new colors added to the tile collection as well as stained glass, Italian Smalti and Vitreous glass. There are new tools stocked up as well as nippers, files, adhesives and grouts.  Just added are Leponitt brand mosaic wheel nippers for $28.95. 

  

 

Sincerely,
Tami Macala
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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1402 News from Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art

admin : January 1, 2015 1:25 pm : newsletters
logo for Santa                                                Barbara school of mosaic                                                art
SANTA BARBARA SCHOOL OF MOSAIC ART



February 2014
And we are off!!  Just like at the horse races…..2014 is starting off at a very fast and exciting pace.  I will keep this short and sweet though. 
First off SBSMA has it’s first Todos Santos, Mexico Mosaic Art Retreat booked!  Yes we are heading down south for some fun in the sun, learn some new techniques while creating a mosaic piece and get some rest and relaxation..ok maybe a margarita or two as well….THERE IS SPACE FOR ONE MORE!!!  If you are interested even though our book date has passed we can fill this last spot.  IF you are interested I would not wait.  Please feel free to call or click here to email for all the details.  You can also click here for the details on the website.  805-703-4291.
Second most exciting news are the new and returning teachers we are booking here at SBSMA.  
 
The wonderful and amazingly creative Kelley Knickerbocker will return March 1st and 2nd with a new workshop, Glass on Mirror; Color, Texture, Bling!  This workshop is practically sold out so don’t hesitate if you would like to register!  
Next we will have the very talented Michael Kruzich.   Michael will be teaching Classical direct methods.  This will be an incredible intensive workshop.  Michael has been to Ravenna, Italy almost a half a dozen times to study with Luciana Notturni at the Mosaic Art School.  He has her blessing to bring back her teachings and share them with lucky students like us.  This workshop will be limited to space so don’t hesitate to sign up.  The workshop is April 10th-12th. Each student will leave with a very thorough knowledge of using a hammer and hardie as well as working in this classical mosaic technique while using the traditional materials.  Click here for more details regarding this workshop.
Whether you are interested in coming to LAB to work on your own project, or you want to take a workshop or host a party with a few of your friends….SBSMA is welcome to new ideas and projects all the time!! Call anytime to stop by and discuss it or just to say Hi!!
Lastly, SBSMA is now selling liquid tints for all your tinting needs. Using a small amount of these tints can give you a high saturation level on both your thin set or grout.  These tints are being highly regarded by many of the teachers teaching here at SBSMA.  If you are interested please email or call.  They come in 9 colors and are $10.50/2oz bottle.
This is the view from where the Todos Santos, Mexico retreat  will take place….not too shabby!
 

 

Have a great February 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.  
  • Glass on mirror: Color, Texture, Bling! with Kelley Knickerbocker, using stained glass, colored shapes and textured clear glass on mirror substrate.  Learn to work with a ring saw a two different adhesives.
  • 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.
  • Classical Direct Method-3Day intensive with Michael Kruzichusing traditional materials students will learn to work with a hammer and hardie as well as understand applications theories and andamento basics.

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

 

Glass on mirror: CTB                            Kelley Knickerbocker   Mar. 1/2                $350+$35
Todos Santos Retreat                             Tami Macala                     Mar.16-22            $1599. 
Classical direct techniques                Michael Kruzich             April 10-12           $400+$70mat 
MORE WORKSHOPS LISTED ON THE SCHEDULE PAGE OF THE WEBSITE
 



Table Top workshop
student work
Students completed their table tops and were very proud of their accomplishments!


  
 

SBSMA’s 
“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.

 

  

  

  


Tami’s Latest Commissions 
 
“Ginni the swirling sun part deux”
 
This is the second swirling sun I had the honor of making.  There is now one on each side of the chimney.  This one I added more bling with beads, found objects and eyelashes.  It is purposefully tilting..
 
 
 
up close 
 
  
 
“Gradient Sunshine”  
 
This piece was commissioned as birthday present for a lovely woman here in Santa Barbara by her family.  Constructed on Wedi board, using found objects, mirror edging and sides with tinted mortar and grout.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
“Swirling Bench”
 
This bench was commissioned by the same family as “Ginni, the swirling sun”.  It has a lovely home in the garden under the fireplace chimney with it’s coordinating “Ginni, the swirling sun”.  
The wrought iron frame was designed and fabricated by David Shelton, a local SB iron artist.   
 
   
 

 

 

 

 

“Ginni, the swirling sun”

This piece was commissioned by a lovely family here in Santa Barbara.  It was created on Hardiebacker board using high fire tile and glass fusions.  It was grouted using Spectra lock dazzle epoxy grout with gold glitter.  It was mounted using french cleats.  It measures 36″ diameter.

 

 
  

  

  

  

LAB
LAB is a great way to work on all your mosaic projects. For $20/hour 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 child’s birthday party at SBSMA.  Any age, up to 12 kids.  Rates based on time and materials.  Call or email for more info. 

 
Gift Certificates 

Gift certificates are now available.  Any size amount towards classes, kits, tiles or other supplies.  What a great holiday or birthday gift.

 

 LAB punch card  

SBSMA LAB punch card.  For every 10 hours of LAB time you get the 11th hour free.  Students are loving their punch cards and getting their free hours. 

  

SBSMA Supply Store

 SBSMA has all your mosaic art supply needs. More new colors added to the tile collection as well as stained glass, Italian Smalti and Vitreous glass. There are new tools stocked up as well as nippers, files, adhesives and grouts.  Just added are Leponitt brand mosaic wheel nippers for $28.95. 

  

 

Sincerely,
Tami Macala
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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1401 News from Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art

admin : January 1, 2015 1:24 pm : newsletters
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SANTA BARBARA SCHOOL OF MOSAIC ART



January 2014
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!  
I love to say that….happy new year!  There is always the feeling of a fresh start and a positive outlook on a year to come.  
This year has so much in store for SBSMA.  Keep your eyes peeled every month as new visiting artists are being added, new workshops including creating on 3D objects and a few of our favorite visiting teachers will return.
The most exciting part of SBSMA this year will be the first mosaic art retreat to Todos Santos, MX.  This retreat week will be held March 16-22.  There are only a few spots left.  If you are interested please feel free to email Tami@allcrackedupmosaics.com or call 805.703.4291. Click here for more details as well.
Coming up in February SBSMA welcomes back Erin Pankratz-Smtih for her new “Gradation” workshop.  This is an awesome opportunity to work with one of the best mosaic artists working in color and gradation.  This workshop will be held February 22nd & 23rd. 
Last but not least SBSMA is excited to introduce the newest visiting artist to SBSMA.  Michael Kruzich will teach his classical mosaic techniques from his travels and many intensive hours at the Mosaic Art School in Ravenna, Italy.
Please feel free to click here to visit the SBSMA website schedule for all upcoming workshops and retreat details.
Once again Happy New Year!  Here’s to a great year filled with creativity, wild abandon and few cracked pieces of tesserae!
 This is the view from where the workshop will take place….not too shabby!
 

 

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.  
  • Glass on mirror: Color, Texture, Bling! with Kelley Knickerbocker, using stained glass, colored shapes and textured clear glass on mirror substrate.  Learn to work with a ring saw a two different adhesives.
  • 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.
  • Classical Direct Method-3Day intensive with Michael Kruzichusing traditional materials students will learn to work with a hammer and hardie as well as understand applications theories and andamento basics.

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

 

Glass Fusing  for mosaics                   Tami Macala                      Jan. 14/15           $195
Garden Sphere  mosaic                        Tami Macala                      Jan. 18/19           $260
Everything Mosaics                                 Tami Macala                     Jan. 28/29          $195
3D Heart Mosaic                                       Tami Macala                     Feb. 1/2                 $225 
Color Gradations                                      Erin Pankratz-Smith   Feb. 22/23           $325
Glass on mirror: CTB                            Kelley Knickerbocker   Mar. 1/2               $350+$35
Todos Santos Retreat                             Tami Macala                     Mar.16-22            $1599. 
MORE WORKSHOPS LISTED ON THE SCHEDULE PAGE OF THE WEBSITE
 


 

SBSMA’s 
“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.

 

  

  

  


Tami’s Latest Commissions 
 
“Ginni the swirling sun part deux”
 
This is the second swirling sun I had the honor of making.  There is now one on each side of the chimney.  This one I added more bling with beads, found objects and eyelashes.  It is purposefully tilting..
 
 
 
up close 
 
  
 
“Gradient Sunshine”  
 
This piece was commissioned as birthday present for a lovely woman here in Santa Barbara by her family.  Constructed on Wedi board, using found objects, mirror edging and sides with tinted mortar and grout.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
“Swirling Bench”
 
This bench was commissioned by the same family as “Ginni, the swirling sun”.  It has a lovely home in the garden under the fireplace chimney with it’s coordinating “Ginni, the swirling sun”.  
The wrought iron frame was designed and fabricated by David Shelton, a local SB iron artist.   
 
   
 

 

 

 

 

“Ginni, the swirling sun”

This piece was commissioned by a lovely family here in Santa Barbara.  It was created on Hardiebacker board using high fire tile and glass fusions.  It was grouted using Spectra lock dazzle epoxy grout with gold glitter.  It was mounted using french cleats.  It measures 36″ diameter.

 

 
  

  

  

  

LAB
LAB is a great way to work on all your mosaic projects. For $20/hour 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 child’s birthday party at SBSMA.  Any age, up to 12 kids.  Rates based on time and materials.  Call or email for more info. 

 
Gift Certificates 

Gift certificates are now available.  Any size amount towards classes, kits, tiles or other supplies.  What a great holiday or birthday gift.

 

 LAB punch card  

SBSMA LAB punch card.  For every 10 hours of LAB time you get the 11th hour free.  Students are loving their punch cards and getting their free hours. 

  

SBSMA Supply Store

 SBSMA has all your mosaic art supply needs. More new colors added to the tile collection as well as stained glass, Italian Smalti and Vitreous glass. There are new tools stocked up as well as nippers, files, adhesives and grouts.  Just added are Leponitt brand mosaic wheel nippers for $28.95. 

  

 

Sincerely,
Tami Macala
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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