SCHEDULE of CLASSES


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

(Be sure to read the SBSMA policies in the drop down menu under the “contact” page)
THERE MUST BE A MINIMUM OF 4 STUDENTS ENROLLED IN A WORKSHOP TAUGHT BY TAMI MACALA OTHERWISE IT WILL BE CANCELLED OR RESCHEDULED.
THERE ARE OTHER STUDENT MINIMUMS FOR VISITING ARTISTS, PLEASE ASK BEFORE REGISTERING TO ENSURE THE WORKSHOP IS A GO!


Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art

Retreat in Todos Santos, Mexico!

NEW DATES ADDED FOR 2017…
OCTOBER 29TH – NOVEMBER 4TH, 2017

 


3 Dimensional Flow with Dino Maccini
June 7th-11th, 2017
Wednesday to Sunday  9:30a-5p all days
$1200.00 + materials
12 person max

SOLD OUT (email to be put on wait list)

In this 5 day workshop students will work with a true contemporary mosaic master.  Dino Maccini is making his first U.S. tour and Santa Barbara is one of only two stops he will make on this tour.  Dino will teach you his stylistic approach to creating his 3D directional flow style.  Students will learn how he achieves his optical illusion with the flow of the mosaic through a trade secret of creating an undulated piece.  Students will learn proper andamento as well as color gradation, shading and color choices while working with Italian Smalti.  Some gold smalti will be on hand for purchase.  Students are encouraged to with work with Hammer and Hardy that will be available for use, or bring your own if you have and can commute with it.  There will be mosaic wheel cutters on hand if that is more comfortable.  

Dino will have well known mosaic artist Anabella Wewer on hand as interpreter and mosaic assistant.  

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Dino Maccini’s Glass Waves

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Dino Maccini’s Glass Waves detail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Beginner Mosaic Workshop-One Day
June 17th Saturday
10a-4p

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Pique Assiette mosaic by Tami “Spillage”

Ever wondered what to do with Grandma’s old china.  Or that tea cup you dropped on the floor?  Well this workshop is for you!  In this fun and creative one day workshop students will dive into learning the basics of creating a mosaic art project.  Working in the style of Pique Assiette, using china, crockery and found objects students will learn lots of tips, tricks and techniques.   There will be lessons on design layout, proper cutting techniques, as well as placement of the broken pieces.  Students will learn the embedding method while adhering their pieces, allowing this to be a grout free project.  Each student is encouraged to bring sentimental or found objects to add to their project.  All materials are included in this workshop.  Students are encouraged to finish their project during the workshop.
Students must bring creative spirit and a smile!
Fee $250.00


Mexican Smalti in the Abstract with Tami Macala
July 8th & 9th
Saturday and Sunday 10a-4p both days

In this fun and creative two day workshop students learn to work with the wonderful tesserae Mexican Smalti  and all of it’s beauty.  Mexican Smalti is a very vibrant and reflective opaque glass.  It is pre-cut in organic square shapes that allow for it’s “as is” shapes to offer some creativity but the chance to cut them into even more dimensional

Mexican blanket part 2 by Tami Macala

Mexican blanket part 2 by Tami Macala

shapes allows for an even more unique and fun experience.  Tami walks students through a step by step process, understanding how to create a piece that is abstract or without design.  Giving the student a chance to free their mind of worrying about an image or specific design.  Letting the glass tell you the student where it would like to go.  Learning about the andamento or flow of the piece by learning proper cutting and laying down techniques.   Students will work on an 11″x 11″ board and there will also be information on proper substrates and adhesives.  This a no grouting project.  Students are not required to finish their piece in this workshop but instead enjoy the learning process and acquire some time of practice with Tami as your guide.
Fee $275.00 ($50.00 materials fee)


 

 Table Top Mosaic Art workshop with Tami Macala
July 15th & 16th
Saturday and Sunday 10a-4p both days

In this two day workshop prepare to dive into creating mosaic functional art.  Each student will start with a 15″x 15″ exterior grade substrate to create their mosaic on.   Working in a step by step style Tami guides students through the “how to” in creating your own Table Top mosaic.    Using stained glass as your tesserae, Tami takes all of her years of experience in creating a multitude of exterior mosaics and shares her tips, tricks and

Table top mosaic by student Dana.

Table top mosaic by student Dana.

techniques for students to have a successful experience.  Starting with the proper substrates to create this style of mosaic on, the design process, how to properly cut stained glass and laying it out.  There is a lesson on the proper adhesive for this process and a grouting demo.  Students are encouraged to work on their mosaic for the two days and grout at home or back in LAB at SBSMA.  This is not a rushed process and it is more important to learn the proper techniques so that they can be repeated and you the student can create more and more of your own mosaic art!
Fee $325 (includes made to order 15″ x 15″ exterior grade table base)


Spontaneous Abstract Mosaic Art Workshop with visiting artist David Jarvinen
July 22nd & 23rd
Saturday and Sunday 10a-5p both day

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Organic abstract by David Jarvinen

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Spontaneous abstract by David Jarvinen

In this two day workshop students begin to understand that movement within art is a very integral part of the process.  Whether subtle or obvious it helps guide the viewer.  Working side by side with well known mosaic artist David Jarvinen, of Mosaic Guys, students explore creating movement and interest with use of materials.  By using a combination of materials, including wire, ceramic, glass, beads, metal findings and other items students will work to create relationships within that express texture, color and movement.  This two day workshop is designed to help the student free up creative decisions by responding to the art and not the individual.
Fee $250.00 + $65.00 materials fee 


Beginner Mosaic Workshop-One Day
July 29th Saturday
10a-4p

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Pique Assiette mosaic by Tami “Spillage”

Ever wondered what to do with Grandma’s old china.  Or that tea cup you dropped on the floor?  Well this workshop is for you!  In this fun and creative one day workshop students will dive into learning the basics of creating a mosaic art project.  Working in the style of Pique Assiette, using china, crockery and found objects students will learn lots of tips, tricks and techniques.   There will be lessons on design layout, proper cutting techniques, as well as placement of the broken pieces.  Students will learn the embedding method while adhering their pieces, allowing this to be a grout free project.  Each student is encouraged to bring sentimental or found objects to add to their project.  All materials are included in this workshop.  Students are encouraged to finish their project during the workshop.
Students must bring creative spirit and a smile!
Fee $250.00


 Small-Scale Mosaic Murals for Garden, Home or Street Workshop
with visiting artist Laurel True
August 4th, 5th and 6th
Friday- Sunday 9:30-4:30 all days
Create unique, stand alone mural elements!

Not ready to jump into a large-scale project but still want to make something awesome for your garden wall (school/interior/park)?  This workshop is for you!

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Laurel true’s Element mural procress

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Laurel True Mural

In Laurel’s small scale mural workshop, students will learn how to make mosaic elements that can be created in a few short days and look great installed on a wall as unique, single elements, or as part of a larger arrangement.

Laurel calls this technique “applique”, indicating affixing a specific shape of (usually fabric, but in this case mosaic) onto a larger background.

Whether it’s a mosaic flower for your garden wall, a mosaic butterfly to be done with a group of school kids, or something being installed in a public space, students can learn how to make mural-like elements using the same principles Laurel teaches in her mural making workshops, just on a smaller scale.

Students will design and create a mini-mural element using the tile tape method, which can be installed later in the environment of their choice. 

Laurel will share secrets, tips and tricks for successful, long lasting installations, engaging students through demonstrations and hands-on participation in the installation and grouting techniques using sample elements that will be installed at Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art. 

This workshop will cover

  • Design development, color coding and planning techniques
  • Making sure the substrate to receive the mosaic is appropriate and correctly prepared
  • How to work with Laurel’s signature mirrored lines*, including cutting mirror strips of various widths and thicknesses and thinking of these lines as “the bones” of a design
  • Working with ceramic tile and/or glass and what the limitations of specific materials are in various climates
  • Selecting and creating various cuts and shapes of tile/glass for specific areas of the design
  • Use of mosaic tools for best effect, including Laurel’s “Left Hand Theory”
  • Use of the contact paper/tile tape method (vs using fiberglass mesh)
  • Dividing and coding larger elements for easy one person installation
  • How to be a Radical Thin-Set GEEK
  • Application of even mortar bed for easy installation
  • How to grout with a finished, professional edge for a graceful transition onto the wall
  • Suggestions and inspirations for finishing or painting wall behind your mosaic element

This is a fun, informative rich workshop that students will work in the company of other creative makers, while benefitting from Laurel’s more than 25 years of experience making mosaic murals and architectural elements around the world.

Students are welcome to bring special colors and materials to incorporate in their mini-mural elements, provided they are roughly the same thickness.

Design templates ranging from approximately 12″x 12″ to 20″x 20″ will be provided and students can use or adapt if they wish or they can bring their own design.
Note:  Laurel will work with students to simplify, or create more complexity in their designs as appropriate to duration of the workshop.  Patterns include: Flower, bird, dragonfly, butterfly, radial/mandala, heart, lizard, lotus

*Laurel started making architectural mosaics after an apprenticeship with street artist Isaiah Zagar, whose work is characterized by flowing mirrored lines  and large fields of broken tile.  She has been incorporating mirror into her work ever since, adapting her own style and methods.  She gives props to her mentor and teacher for passing this down to her.  Click here to read more about Laurel and the work she has created!
Fee $425.00 + $65.00 materials fee


Stained Glass Mosaic Pet Portrait (3-day class) with  visiting artist Donna Van Hooser
August 11th, 12th & 13th
Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10a-5p all days
Skill Level:  intermediate or advanced mosaic artists

In this class we will use andamento to help create form and expression in creating a mosaic pet portrait. Precision cutting techniques will be covered, as well as color 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 doggieslowres-copy-1intended for intermediate or advanced mosaic artists, and should not be used as an introduction to making mosaics. Students will work on a pet of their choosing, the instructor will map out the design before the class from a photo supplied by the student prior to the class.
Glass will be selected and provided by the instructor for the pet portrait based on the photo provided by the workshop participant.
Fee $450.00 (includes materials)


Mosaic Flower with the Byzantine Indirect Technique with visiting artist Carole Choucair Oueijan
September 8, 9 & 10, 2017
Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10a-5p all days

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Flower by Carole Choucair Oueijan

This is the ideal technique to create detailed painterly images using different textured materials. This is also a perfect technique for a smooth finished mosaic that is safe to the touch, such as in public art.
Students will learn and practice the Byzantine Indirect Technique using smalti, various kinds of glass and other natural stones. The materials selection will be rich and beautiful. Working in the reverse method and using Honey Paste as temporary adhesive tesserae are glued face down on paper. 
You will create an 8” x 8”  mosaic flower, images provided by and prepared in advance by Carole.
Carole will discuss color theory, helping you create your palette. Everyone will draw his or her own andamento making it easy to determine the placement and shapes of your tesserae.  Andamento also helps us plan the flow and direction of our mosaic tesserae. A review and demonstration of cutting our tesserae with wheeled nippers is a part of the first day activities. Students will spend the rest of day one preparing materials and getting started on your mosaic, all of day two you work on finishing your mosaic.
On the morning of the 3rd day, we cast the mosaics, and then in the afternoon, we will unveil them one by one. Together we will learn best practice technique to fix and repair any less than perfect portions of your mosaic on the spot.  Clean up of the mosaics will follow.
In this technique grouting is optional, and instructor will discuss and help you make an individual determination. We will not grout during workshop hours.
This is a perfect technique for a smooth finished mosaic using a variety of materials.
Fee $450.00 + $100.00 materials fee


Beginner Mosaic Workshop-One Day
September 30th Saturday
10a-4p

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Pique Assiette mosaic by Tami “Spillage”

Ever wondered what to do with Grandma’s old china.  Or that tea cup you dropped on the floor?  Well this workshop is for you!  In this fun and creative one day workshop students will dive into learning the basics of creating a mosaic art project.  Working in the style of Pique Assiette, using china, crockery and found objects students will learn lots of tips, tricks and techniques.   There will be lessons on design layout, proper cutting techniques, as well as placement of the broken pieces.  Students will learn the embedding method while adhering their pieces, allowing this to be a grout free project.  Each student is encouraged to bring sentimental or found objects to add to their project.  All materials are included in this workshop.  Students are encouraged to finish their project during the workshop.
Students must bring creative spirit and a smile!
Fee $250.00


Light, Dark, Value & Tone: Realism in Stained Glass Mosaic Including Portraiture with visiting artist
Carol Shelkin
November 11th & 12th (13th with optional 3rd day)
Saturday and Sunday 10a-5p all days

In this workshop you will be guided through the process of understanding realism in mosaic art with instruction of using curved or flat planes, shadows, value, composition and design, color choosing and understanding artists’ tricks for creating a work of art in mosaic. We will have lots of exercises to understand professional artists’ techniques. 

You will be able to create your own mosaic to take home using high quality stained glass. You will be introduced to the gradations and many colors and values of hand-nipped stained glass and learning how to “paint with glass” creating a piece for interior display.  

 In this workshop students will use their choice of traditional and non-traditional mosaic techniques to understand contemporary mosaic in realism with lessons on structure, color, value and types of shadows. 

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Carol Shelkin’s Portraiture and Realism

 Mosaic is unique to all students and the goal in this workshop is to direct and assist each student develop and to polish find their own style. You will learn how to develop an eye for mosaic and create a line drawing with easy to follow steps. There will be a PowerPoint presentation and students will begin to work on a mosaic. Photographic models will be supplied, unless you are a returning student and would like to bring in your own selection. IF YOU ARE A RETURNING STUDENT, please contact Carol for approval of your photographic model.

 Other subjects will include:  presenting your work to gallery owners, exhibitions, building a resume, pricing, photographing your mosaic art, proper adhesives, tools and materials for interior display.  

 The lessons taught and instructions given will last you long after the lesson are over. No question will be left unanswered, so bring questions! This workshop is designed to take the student to the next level.
Fee $350.00 + $65.00 materials