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THERE MUST BE A MINIMUM OF 4 STUDENTS ENROLLED IN A WORKSHOP TAUGHT BY TAMI MACALA OTHERWISE IT WILL BE CANCELLED OR RESCHEDULED.
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Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art
Todos Santos, Mexico!
APRIL 8TH-14TH OR 15TH-21ST, 2018!
REGISTRATION OPEN NOW! CLICK HERE FOR THE DETAILS!
Intro to Mexican Smalti Mosaics with Tami Macala
January 13th & 14th
Saturday and Sunday 10a-4p both days
In this two day workshop explore the exciting and vibrant tesserae of Mexican smalti. Tami walks students through this wonderful material as she shares the best way to cut, lay and adhere. Working on a custom made 10″x10″” substrate students will learn about different styles of andamento. How to break the line and achieve an exciting and artistic
look with an abstract style of placing the tesserae. Using thin-set mortar tinted to create the space that allows the tesserae to be gently placed and embedded for a more reflective look.
Students will leave with more confidence on how to work with Mexican smalti and how to use it in future projects.
Fee $295.00 (includes materials to cover substrate)
Walk the Line with Rachel Sager
January 19th-21st, 2018
Friday -Sunday 10a-5p
In this uniquely-formatted workshop you will explore the philosophies of andamento—our basic language as mosaicists. There can be as many expressions of these pathways as there are artists who work in them. Join Rachel as she asks questions beyond the traditional definitions of what is correct or classical. Explore not just the finer points of the rules and when it makes sense to break them, but more theoretical observations of andamento as a communication tool. Share in Rachel’s theories on choice, free will, and andamento as an allegory of Life. Discuss things like intention, cutting, and looking to nature for understanding and, in the process, learn valuable methods to craft more sensitive lines. This workshop is broken into two parts: talking and doing. The first evening session is purposely hands-off to enable you to relax and soak up ideas and images without the pressure of creating.
In this three full days or workshop, you will be led through a precise series of exercises revolving around the ideas of size, space, texture, material and angle. This class is unique in that it disentangles the brain from being distracted by composition and design, and lets you focus on the line in its purest form. As mosaic artists, andamento is our most basic language and form of expression. Rachel will lead you through a dynamic breakdown of how to build lines with personality, how to build lines that communicate ideas—in short—how to build lines that can stand on their own.
This class would benefit all levels, particularly those looking to refine their voice or expand their appreciation of andamento as an instrument of communication. Special note: This is an actively evolving workshop. If you have taken a form of it in the past, be assured that Rachel will be throwing new challenges at you and exploring new avenues in the miracle of line-building.
Materials provided: piles of raw material in the forms of sandstone, marble, and glass for those who wish to spend time in cutting specific shapes. To avoid the distraction of bling and too many choices, a simple palate of Rachel’s Pennsylvania sandstone will be provided as your anchoring material. Sandstone is the perfect learning stone for those new to the hammer and hardie. Understand that as a student of andamento, your relationship to your hammer and hardie will be a key element to success. Instructor will also supply two specifically shaped substrates, high-quality thin-set mortar, mixing tools, and palette knives.
Fee $425.00 + $65.00 materials
Beginner workshop with Tami Macala
January 27th Saturday
In this fun, creative and fast paced workshop Tami dives in and teaches all her tips, tricks and techniques so students have a full understanding of creating their first mosaic art project. Using the Pique Assiette technique (broken china, crockery, pottery and found objects) Tami shows students how to create a design, lay out the tesserae (china pieces) and how to adhere them. Using a grout free method this allows the workshop to be one day and students are encouraged to finish their piece in that day. Working on an 11″x11″ board students will learn proper use of tools, how to different styles of mosaics can be created and how to take their new found mosaic knowledge and move on to creating more and more mosaic art projects.
Fee $250.00 (includes materials)
Kickassiette: Blowing the Lid Off of Crockery Mosaic
with Kelley Knickerbocker
February 24th & 25th
Saturday and Sunday 10a-5p both days
Picassiette* is the process of transforming crockery and found objects into mosaic. What makes crockery so tempting and ideal for mosaic is not only its availability, ease of cutting, and varied glazes, but its unique curvatures, bumps and protrusions that translate to gorgeous dimensionality in tesserae.
In this technique-rich, hands-on workshop, Kelley ramps pique assiette up an innovative notch with her unusual methods of cutting/setting not only the flat surfaces of plates and other ceramic ware, but the lips, feet, rims, handles, lids, spouts, and more, including the exposing/tinting of the inner clay body. Students will learn cutting tools and techniques; setting in mortar to maximize sculptural/dimensional possibilities; building a cohesive color/material palette, and composing with crockery’s challenging curves and bumps.
Students will have the opportunity to create a sample board and at least one mosaic in class.
*Thought to be derived from the French slang “pique” (to steal) + “assiette” (plate).
Fee $350.00 + $25 materials fee (SOLD OUT-Please email for wait list)