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Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art
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OCTOBER 29TH – NOVEMBER 4TH, 2017
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 (or school… interior…park…streetscape…)?
This workshop is for you!
In Laurel’s small-scale mosaic mural workshop, students will learn how to make mosaic elements that can be created in a couple of days and look great installed on a wall as unique, single elements or as part of a larger arrangement.
Laurel calls this technique “appliqué”, indicating affixing a specific shape (usually fabric, but in this case mosaic) onto a larger background.
Whether a mosaic flower for your garden wall, a mosaic butterfly to be done with a group of school kids, or something to be installed in the public sphere, students will learn how to make mural-like elements using the same principals Laurel teaches in her Mosaic Mural Making workshops, but on a smaller scale.
Students will design and create a mural element using the tile tape method, which can be installed later in an environment of their choice.
Laurel will share her secrets, tips and tricks for successful, lasting installations, engaging students through demonstration and hands-on participation in installation and grouting techniques using sample elements that will be installed at Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art.
The workshop will also cover:
- Design development, color coding and planning techniques
- Making sure substrate to receive 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 a 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 an even mortar bed for painless installation
- Grouting with a finished, professional edge for a graceful transition onto background
- Suggestions and inspirations for finishing wall behind mosaic element
This is a fun, information-rich workshop in which 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 small-scale mural elements, provided they are the same thickness.
Design templates ranging from approximately 12” x 12” to 20 “ x 20” will be provided that students can use or adapt, or, they can bring their own design.
Note: instructor will work with students to simplify, or create more complexity, in their designs as appropriate for duration of 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 it to her own style and methods. Laurel gives props to her mentor and teacher for passing this down to her
Fee $425.00 + $65.00 materials fee
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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 intended 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.
ALL SIGN UPS MUST BE IN BY AUGUST 3RD IN ORDER FOR IMAGE OF YOUR PET AND GLASS TO BE DECIDED FOR THIS WORKSHOP (IF AFTER AUGUST 3RD SIGN UPS ARE AVAILABLE BUT DONNA VAN HOOSER WILL BE CHOOSING ANIMAL AND GLASS, ALLOWING STUDENTS TO STILL LEARN PROCESS)
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
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
Intro to Glass Fusing and Mosaic Art with visiting artist Susan Baldwin
September 23rd & 24th
Saturday and Sunday 10a-4p both days
In this fun and creative workshop students get a hands on experience learning to create glass fusions. Ever wanted to add a little pizzazz to your mosaic art? This is a great opportunity to learn how to work with a special glass that can be melted into unique pieces and be additions to your mosaic art.
Students will have a chance to create a mosaic while including glass fusions they create on day one of the workshop. Susan has over 30 years of experience teaching art, including glass fusing, stained glass and mosaic art. Susan will explain how this process works from what kind of glass can be fused, to how to lay glass out for a design and show students different versions of glass fusing techniques.
Susan has a very positive and uplifting personality and teaching style that makes learning easy and fun filled!
Fee $295.00 includes all materials
Beginner Mosaic Workshop-One Day
September 30th Saturday
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!
Light, Dark, Value & Tone: Realism in Stained Glass Mosaic Including Portraiture with visiting artist
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.
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 (optional 3rd day Monday $100.00)
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 picassiette 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 “piquer” (to steal) + “assiette” (plate).
Fee $350.00 + $25 materials fee