A $50.00 deposit must be paid at time of registration! You can register for a workshop by either email or call 805.703.4291

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Todos Santos Mosaic Art Retreat with Tami Macala
March 31st – April 6th, 2019

Come relax on the shores of Baja Mexico and create your favorite version of mosaic art. This mosaic art retreat is open to a wide array of technique choices. You can email Tami Macala and decide what type of mosaic you would like to create. She can teach many different forms of mosaic and will lead you on a fun and creative journey. With over 20 hours of mosaic time to create, you can work on anything from Mexican smalti, to stained glass or mixed media mosaics. Most important you will spend a week, relaxing, rejuvenating and creating art while the waves crash below and warm breezes blow by! Oh and did we mention there is a personal chef to create most of your meals. This truly is the trip of a lifetime! (ONLY A FEW SPOTS LEFT)
Fee $1799.00 (Does NOT include airfare, materials and some meals).
Click HERE for all the details and new video testimonials! 

Mexican Smalti abstract by student.

View from our workshop space and hotel!

Picassiette Portraiture with Gila Rayberg
January 25th-27th, 2019
Friday 6p-9p
Saturday/Sunday 10a-5p

In this one evening and two day workshop bring your pet or self to life in this fun and creative pique assiette style of mosaic art. Each student will work on a portrait (human or animal) of their choice.  Once students are registered, they will receive a letter from Gui;a with detailed instructions on selecting an appropriate portrait reference for the workshop. Gila will share all she knows about creating mosaic portraits, with an emphasis on picassiette; cutting, shaping & incorporating dishes and pottery into mosaics. Gila will demonstrate the usage of various hand tools to cut & shape picassiette materials, and tips on using these materials to add texture & interest to your  portrait.   Each participant will receive individual attention & guidance, while working on their chosen portrait.  Understanding that individuals works at a different paces, students are not expected to finish their portrait in the workshop, though some may do so.  Gila will discuss a plan with each student on how to complete their unfinished works at home. By the end of the workshop, students will have gained a good understanding of the process of choosing a subject, transferring a design, understanding value, laying materials of varied thicknesses, creating likeness, and so much more…. ** Part of the joy of piccasiette comes from the collecting of materials. Students are encouraged to bring their own unique finds (dishes, pottery, teacups, etc) to incorporate into and personalize their works.  Thrift stores & yard sales finds are perfect, as is clearing out cabinets of chipped, cracked dishes, and those broken bits that you can’t bear to throw away, but would love to incorporated into your art! Bringing extra to share ensures that there will be unique and surprising selections for all.
Fee $425.00 + $20.00 materials fee
(SOLD OUT-Please email to be put on wait list)

Gila Rayberg “Portrait #13”

Gila Rayberg “Sweet Boy”

Gila Rayberg

Beginner Mosaic Art Workshop (One Day)
February 10th Sunday 10a-5p

In this creative and fun paced one day workshop, join Tami Macala as she demonstrates and guides you with a hands on of the A to Z’s of creating your first mosaic art piece. Using all kinds of  china, crockery and pottery, students will work on an 11″x11″ board for interior display. Tami will give you all the tips and tricks on how to work with the proper tools, substrates and the materials to create a one of a kind mosaic. There is no grouting for this workshop but there will be a grouting demo so students can leave with the information to do it on their own for future projects.
Once you have completed this workshop you will be able to create a variety of mosaic art projects on your own without having to invest in expensive tools or materials. 
Come spend a fun day learning new skills and some creative play time!
Fee $250.00 (Students are encouraged to bring crockery, china and pottery.)

Watch it Flow by Tami Macala

Manifesting Magic and Mosaics with Vickie Emanuele and Tami Macala
February 16th Saturday 10a-5:30p (lunch provided)

Manifesting Magic and Mosaics Mantra Board

In this one day workshop you will have the opportunity to work closely with Vickie Emanuele, psychic and energy healer as she guides you through the first half of the workshop. Participants will work on journaling, chord cutting, meditation and learn how to manifest anything you desire in your life. After a provided lunch Tami Macala, local mosaic artist and teacher, will spend 4 hours working to create your very own Mantra board in the shape of a heart. Each participant will get to choose 5 affirmation words created out of polymer clay to add to their personal mantra heart mosaic. Participants are asked to bring personal and meaningful pieces to add to their mantra mosaic heart. There will be other materials provided to create  with as well.
We have purposefully created this workshop close to Valentine’s day as a way to express love to ourselves and each other. This workshop will be a great way to spend a day expanding your heart and creative spirit. No experience needed.
Fee $275.00 before January 25th ($295.00 after January 25th)

Make Your Mark: Your Mosaic Signature and other Motifs with Kelley Knickerbocker
February 23rd & 24th, 2019
Saturday and Sunday 10a-5p

In this fun, information-packed workshop you’ll learn and apply principles of shape, value, contrast and readability to the making of several small mosaics that capture your personality and style. You’ll design your own signature block or logo as well as several other related motifs, and will gain an understanding of how motifs can enliven and unite mosaic design and composition. In addition, learn how the motifs you design can be repeated/varied/reoriented to become the building blocks of a unique andamento. Instruction will be via slide show, handouts, demos, discussion, exercises, hands-on building, one-on-one guidance, and critique. A diverse variety of materials will be provided; all you need to bring are your nippers (Montolits recommended), a smile, and a sense of adventure!
Fee $375.00 + $20.00 materials fee

Kelley Knickerbocker Signature Motifs

Color Freedom Pet Portrait with Donna Van Hooser
March 22nd, 23rd & 24th 10a-5p all days
Friday- Sunday

In this class we will use gray scale values rather than traditional colors to create form and expression in creating a mosaic pet portrait. Precision cutting techniques will be covered, as well as andamento, glass selection and shading.

Since this technique is more time consuming, a finished portrait is not expected at the end of the three day workshop, however the eyes and a good portion of the face can be completed, depending on the experience of each student. This workshop is intended for intermediate or advanced mosaic artists, and should not be used as an introduction to making mosaics.

Students can either work on a black and white photo provided by the instructor, or can provide a prior to the class. Photos provided by the students should be high resolution and have fairly strong contrast between values.

Donna will map out the design before the class if using a photo supplied by the student prior to the class.
All materials are provided, a variety of glass colors will be available to select from.
A phone with a camera is recommended, as we will be using this as a tool in class to see gray scale values.
Fee $450.00 (Includes all materials)

Pet Portrait in process Donna Van Hooser

Freedom Pet Portrait Donna Van Hooser

3D Sculptural Mosaic Flower Workshop with Marsha Rafter
May 31st-June 2nd
Friday& Saturday 10a-5p Sunday 10a-2p

In this action packed three day workshop, you will learn an amazing variety of skills to create a beautiful 3D sculptural flower for your garden. Marsha will be demonstrating how to use a jigsaw to cut various thicknesses of wedi board, how to prep the wedi board for outdoor use, and how to prep your piece for inserting a pole for installation. You will learn how to use sticky mesh for completing your flower design, how to cut glass, and how to add dimension to your mosaic to create a beautiful center for your flower using cut glass and glass rods. A rainbow of stained glass, glass gems and ovals, glass rods, mirror in a variety of colors and millefiori will be available for you to use. Your piece will be mosaicked on the front, back and sides and then you will learn to custom color your grout to complete the project. Once you are registered, you will receive an email from Marsha to select your choice of designs and color combinations.

*Marsha will be bringing her signature handmade ceramic tiles for you to purchase should you choose to use them. (Otherwise all other materials will be provided) There will be many other tiles available should you want to purchase more to take home. On Sunday, Marsha will be demonstrating how she creates her tiles for those who are interested. There will be a question and answer session afterward for explaining firing and glazing.

This workshop is open to students of all levels. Although some mosaic experience will be helpful, it is not necessary. Skills learned can be used and applied to future projects, both large and small-scale for indoor as well as outdoor applications.
Fee $425.00 + $75.00 materials fee

Mediterranean Sunset by Marsha Rafter

Lotus Reflections in Blue by Marsha Rafter

Yellow Flower by Marsha Rafter

3D Happy Bird Sculpture Mosaic Art workshop with David Jarvinen 
June 8th Saturday 10a-5p

David Jarvinen is returning to SBSMA for another fun and easy mosaic art workshop. This workshop is great for someone new to mosaic and can teach some great beginner skills while working on a 3D object.

David’s Happy Bird Sculpture Workshop will explore working “in the round” (3 dimensional substrates) and understanding nuances between gravity and glue, as well as design challenges to avoid like flat & static design…we want dynamic movement and interest! These types of mosaics are often considered “craft”, but as a beginner or intermediate student it is important to master certain skills that will elevate to a higher level of creating which equals ART! These little birds end up a work of art themselves as students work to understand skills related to glass tile mosaics including how to use the tools for nipping and fitting. We will discuss different adhesives to gain insight into flow techniques that create interest and movement. Many skills gained will be transferable to other types of mosaic making as well.
Fee $175.00 + $35 materials fee

David Jarvinen’s Happy Bird sample

Building a Landscape with Color and Texture with Laura Rendlen 
September 7th & 8th 
Saturday & Sunday 10a-5p

SBSMA is excited to host Laura Rendlen for her first workshop here.
This workshop is for artists who want to explore a variety of mosaic techniques to create a representational landscape utilizing different traditional materials, e.g. glass, stone, shells and metal. Beginning with a short presentation and exercises to illustrate general principles, the discussion considers perspective foreground and background and light source highlights and shadows. The beauty of this workshop is that the artist gets to surround themselves and then get to play with a variety of tesserae to complete their mosaic. The workshop emphasizes a hands-on exploration of mosaic techniques. This allows the artist to discover different textures, color combinations and ways to transition and form relationships with mixed materials. Throughout the workshop individual attention and tips are provided to help with the technical aspects of mosaics and to guide the successful completion of each project.
Students will work hands on as Laura guides and shares her knowledge of creating beautiful textured and flowing mosaics. Each student will have a 10″x12″ substrate.
Fee $375.00 + $50.00 materials

Sample piece by Laura Rendlen