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1102 News from Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art

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Santa

Barbara

School of

Mosaic Art

 

February 2011

 

Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art is off to a great 2011!  Classes are filling up with new and returning students.  New classes are being added throughout the year.  Looking forward to joining fellow mosaic devotees at the SAMA conference in Austin Texas in the middle of this month!!  


Also if you are on Facebook don’t forget to become a friend of the Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art group!

All workshop descriptions are available at

www.santabarbaraschoolofmosaicart.com

 

Class Schedule

Light Weight Concrete Sculpture                 Feb. 11th (Friday only)                 $ 95

 Table Top Mosaic                                           Feb. 12th & 13th                          $165

 Pet Portrait Mosaic                                         Feb. 26th & 27th                          $165

 Mosaic Collage & Mirror                              Mar. 5th & 6th                              $165

 Beginner Mosaic                                            Mar. 12th & 13th                          $145
 

Garden Heart Sculpture

Garden Heart Sculpture by Tami Macala teacher and owner of Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art

Student work in                                                    Collage and Mirror                                                    Mosaic Student work in                                                    Collage and Mirror                                                    Mosaic

 Table Top Mosaic student work            Collage & Mirror Mosaic student work

 

Table Top Mosaic in process

student work Table                                                      Top workshop

 



 

Recent Publicity

Thank you to everyone for your support and great feedback  about the recent article in Noozhawk online newspaper.  Thanks to Jenn Kennedy for the write up.  If you did not get a chance to see it here is the link

http://www.noozhawk.com/article/010711_the_working_life_mosaic_artist_tami_zweig/

 

New LAB punch card
SBSMA now has a LAB punch card.  For every 10 hours of LAB time you get the 11th hour free.

LAB time is a great way to work on all your mosaic projects.  For $20/hour you have access to all adhesives, grout, tools and my time as well as not worrying about making a mess.
 

SBSMA Supply Store

 SBSMA has all your mosaic art supply needs.  There are a few new tools stocked up as well as nippers, files, adhesives and grouts.  Don’t forget if you want great colorful tiles, I have those too.

 

Bring a friend discount

Any time you bring a friend to a workshop you and the friend get a 10% discount on your fees and for the month of February there will be an additional 10% off all supplies and tiles at the time of your workshop.
 

 Tips and Techniques
 
How to choose your substrate
 
Now that you have chosen your design you must decide what type of substrate you would like to make your mosaic on.  There are many different types of substrates to chose from.  First you need to ask yourself will the piece you are making be outside in the weather elements, get wet or walked on?  Once you have made that decision you can chose accordingly. 
If you are doing a piece that will be outside such as a table, ground insert or is a shower or kitchen back splash you will want to work with a water proof/resistant substrate.  There are a few out there but I recommend either HardieBacker or Wedi Board.  There is Wonderboard or Green board as well but I don’t find those as easy to work with.  If your piece will be indoors then you can choose to work with either a wood or MDF substrate, just make sure you bond it.  Glass is a great substrate if you are working with stained glass and looking for a transparent affect.  If you are working directly on to a brick or stucco substrate such as a wall or fireplace it is recommended to skim coat your wall first to give a smooth finish to avoid bumps that make it difficult for your tessare to adhere.
Stay tuned next month for choosing your tessare.
 

Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art / tami@allcrackedupmosaics.com / Santa Barbara, California 93111 / 805.703.4291

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1101 News from Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art

admin : December 31, 2014 10:31 am : newsletters
Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art
January 2011


Welcome to the brand new SBSMA monthly newsletter.  We are starting out the New Year with a big BANG! Check out the new schedule and unique workshops.  
Call or email to register, don’t wait as workshops fill up quickly! All workshop descriptions are available at the website.

Each month the SBSMA newsletter will come with a new tip or technique for all your mosaic projects.


Class Schedule Winter 2011

Stained Glass and Mirror Workshop        Jan. 8th & 9th                    $165

Beginner Mosaic Workshop                        Jan. 15th & 16th                $145

Garden Sphere Workshop                           Jan. 22nd & 23rd              $175

Table Top Mosaic Workshop                     Feb. 12th & 13th                $165
 
 Pet Portrait Workshop                                 Feb. 26th &27th                 $165                                                 
Mosaic Collage & Mirror Workshop         Mar. 5th & 6th                   $165 

Students work in Stained glass workshopStudent work Stained Glass Class

student work Table Top workshop
Student work Table Top workshop

Students working on Garden Spheres
students working in Garden Sphere workshop

Recent Publicity
Check out “Noozhawk”, one of Santa Barbara’s best online newspapers,  this Saturday Jan. 8th for an article on Tami, her artwork and the Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art


SBSMA Supply Store
SBSMA has all your mosaic art supply needs.  There is an array of tools, buckets, fixatives, grouts and over 20 colors of high and low fire tiles.

Bring a friend discount
Any time you bring a friend to a workshop you and the friend get a 10% discount on your fees. 
Group workshops available with 4-6 weeks notice and a 10% discount on all students fees.

Tips and Techniques
How to choose a design.
Whether you are a first time mosaic artist or have some experience you must always make the decision to do an image design or an abstract.  Each style has equal value and can take a great deal of time and detail.   In choosing a design many parts have to come into play Number one, what size will your whole piece be?  Number two, will it be 2D or 3D?  Number three, will you use a template or free hand?  Number four, what will be my inspiration?  Size will be important for deciding your substrate and materials.  If you choose an image design you will need a template that will then require three different possible methods for seeing your image.  One; use tracing paper and copy your design on to your substrate, (tracing paper comes in many colors and usually found at your local art store).  Two; using fiberglass mesh with your design underneath (but make sure to put saran wrap over your design before you lay down your mesh).  Three; the indirect method that means executing your mosaic in reverse.
Stay tuned for next month’s tips and techniques when I will cover how to choose a substrate.

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