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Todos Santos Mosaic Art Retreat with Tami Macala
Fall dates are set and registration is open!
November 18th-23rd, 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 FOR NOVEMBER)
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!



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

Pal Tiya: A Game Changer Substrate
with Maria Sarmiento
July 13th & 14th Saturday and Sunday 10a-4p both days

This session should particularly benefit those who are interested in an easy to use sculpture media to create 3D substrates that does not require molds, kilns or heavy armature. Pal Tiya works like clay that air hardens as concrete to create 3-D substrates that is good for interior and exterior display. Your armature can be made with cardboard and tin foil, perfect for beginners and great fun for intermediate students that want to push for more complex forms. Participants will learn the basics of Pal Tiya mixing, by creating 3 small armatures, one with foil, foam and mesh. We will be covering it with the first layers of Pal Tiya. Additionally, you will receive information about tooling, sanding and finishes. Participants will have 5 lb of material to experiment during the workshop and add more details later at their home. You can add more layers as you desire it doesn’t have a time constrain making it better than concrete and less heavy. Most of the workshop will be hands on and other part will have images of processes and finishes.
Fee $350.00 + $50.00 materials fee

Pal Tiya by Maria Sarmiento

Mosaic Eyes: Window to the Soul
with Laurel True
August 17th & 18th 10a-5p Saturday 10a-2p Sunday

Come create a magical mosaic eye with Laurel True in this special weekend workshop. 
Workshop participants will learn about symbolism and use of the eye in artwork and spiritual practices throughout history, and create a meaningful mosaic piece to take home.

Join Laurel and find inspiration in your own inner and outer worlds through short guided meditations (or quiet thinking time.. whatever feels more comfortable) and prompts to help spark your creativity. Laurel will talk about how participants might imbue their Eye with personal meaning, including the use of embedded messages, color symbolism and other cosmic and practical information to help inform design approach.
With this in mind, workshop participants will create a unique, personal Mosaic Eye to take home for interior display. 
Prepared eye substrates will be provided as well as lots of cool materials to work with including mirror, glass, ceramic and mixed media. Participants are welcome to bring additional materials that are special/meaningful if they wish to incorporate them into their piece. 
Laurel will present techniques she uses in the creation of her work and bring beginning students up to speed with tool demonstrations, adhesive options and mosaic setting tips including how to combine different materials. Eyes may be highly decorative or simple… personally symbolic or decorative (or both). Patterns will be provided as a jumping off points for those who feel more comfortable with some design scaffolding.

Day one will be for creation of eye mosaic and day two for grouting and finishing: painting back and rigging for hanging.This workshop is appropriate for any level student. Beginners and seasoned students welcome!

Limit 12 participants. Don’t wait, this workshop fills quickly!
Fee $295.00+$20.00 materials

Building a Landscape with Color and Texture with Laura Rendlen 
December 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