Mosaic Classes & Workshops

KICKASSIETTE: BLOWING THE LID OFF CROCKERY MOSAIC
(1-, 2-, and 3-day versions)
Level: All (Geared to interest and challenge students at all levels of mosaic proficiency)
Prerequisites: None

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.

*Thought to be derived from the French slang “piquer” (to steal) + “assiette” (plate).

Upcoming Sessions:

Jan 13-14, 2018, 10:00 - 5:00pm Saturday and Sunday
Location to be announced, Edmonton, AB, Canada
http://erinepankratz.com/

Feb 10-11, 2018, 10:00 - 5:00pm Saturday and Sunday
Seattle Mosaic Arts, Seattle, WA
http://www.seattlemosaicarts.com/

Feb 24-25, 2018, 10:00 - 5:00pm Saturday and Sunday
Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art, Santa Barbara, CA
http://santabarbaraschoolofmosaicart.com/

 

(NEW!!) MIND THE GAP: SPACE AS A MOSAIC DESIGN ELEMENT

(1- and 2-day versions) 
Level: All levels (This workshop is geared to interest and challenge students at all levels of mosaic proficiency.)
Prerequisites: None

When mosaic is the functional skins on walls and floors, density is mandatory. But in fine art mosaic we can leave spaces for contrasting effect without compromising structural integrity. It’s precisely because mosaic is so dense that incorporating space can be so effective. Dense areas appear denser, and the void space(s) deeper, calmer. Like juxtaposing two complementary colors: they enhance one another like no other combination can.

There are many approaches to incorporating open space into mosaic design. Through slides, demos, and discussion, this workshop introduces you to at least six, and will inspire you to think of more. For hands-on practice, you’ll choose an approach and execute a 12” x 9” space-centric mosaic with materials you bring.


Upcoming Sessions:

Jan 27-28, 2018, 10:00 - 5:00 Saturday and Sunday
Austin School of Mosaic Art, Austin, TX
https://austinmosaicschool.com

Mar 14, 2018, 8:00 - 5:00 Wednesday (1-day session)
Mar 15, 2018, 8:00 - 5:00 Wednesday (1-day session)
SAMA American Mosaic Summit, Boston, MA
https://americanmosaics.org

Apr 21-22, 2018, 10:00 - 5:00 Saturday and Sunday
Studio 9, Oakland, CA
studio9oakland@gmail.com

 

(NEW!!) ULTERIOR (MOSAIC) MOTIFS: YOUR SIGNATURE AND OTHER INTENTIONAL CONFIGURATIONS
Level: All levels (This workshop is geared to interest and challenge students at all levels of mosaic proficiency.)
Prerequisites: None

In this workshop you’ll learn how to design and create unique motifs in tesserae (for starters, a signature or logo block from just a few tesserae) that can become the building blocks of an overall mosaic design. These intentional configurations can form a narrative, can serve as focal points, or can become an andamento of their own. Bring your favorite materials and let's invent together!  Learning tools include visual presentation, discussion, demos, exercises, and of course hands-on making!


Upcoming Sessions:

Jan 25-26, 2018, 10:00 - 5:00 Thursday and Friday
Austin School of Mosaic Art, Austin, TX
https://austinmosaicschool.com

 

QUICK-RELEASE MOSAIC: WORKING IN SERIES
(2- and 3-day versions)
Level: All (Geared to interest and challenge students at all levels of mosaic proficiency)
Prerequisites: None

Build a cohesive series of three mosaics in three days! You’ll work small (7” x 5”), choosing one of several modern designs and then executing that design in three different ways (changing the andamento, the materials, the colors, etc.). On day one you’ll map the entire series to scale on paper, learning about composition and continuity (and more!). Then you’ll transfer your designs to your substrate, select your materials and begin to create, with one-on-one guidance as you go. On the afternoon of day three we’ll do a critique and toast your completed series. In this 3-day process you’ll learn to free yourself up, trust your instincts (there are myriad “right” decisions; pick any one!), stop overthinking choices (keep moving forward, stop futzing), avoid the paralysis of too many ideas/materials (set some constraints); produce a balanced, well-composed, and related series of works; and watch your design/technique develop and refine. And of course along the way you’ll be learning new ways to cut/set tesserae and work with thinset.

Upcoming Sessions:

Contact me to book this workshop in your area in 2018!

FUNDAMENTO: SHAPE + DIRECTION = FLOW (1- and 2-day versions)
Level: All levels (This workshop is geared to interest and challenge students at all levels of mosaic proficiency.)
Prerequisites: None

Through a fun, fast-paced combination of lecture/slideshow, discussion, drawing, and hands-on practice, students will learn to execute three modern field andamenti: random circles ("Circlemento"), random squares/rectangles ("Squaretangular"), and linear quadrangles ("Linear"). In the two-day workshop, we add three more on day two: undulating ("Accordianamento"), radiating out from a curve ("Bigbangamento"), and all-interstices-align ("Alldamento")

Additional topics covered: choosing an appropriate field andamento for a mosaic and making mortarmesh substrates.

All materials will be provided.

Upcoming Sessions:


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MOSAIC CONSULTATIONS

I’m available for expert guidance, analysis, assistance, or whatever other level of involvement you’d like with whatever mosaic project you’re tackling, at the rate of $60/hr. Contact me at 206-852-2598 or kelley@rivenworks.com to discuss.