Mosaic Classes & Workshops

2017 WORKSHOPS

QUICK-RELEASE MOSAIC: THREE DAYS, THREE WORKS
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:


Aug 11-13, 2017, 6:00 - 8:00pm Friday, 10:00 - 4:00pm Saturday and Sunday
Creative Mosaics, Adelaide, SA, AU
http://creativemosaics.com.au/

 

SHARD LOGIC: RHYTHMIC FIT FROM RANDOM BITS
Level: All levels
Prerequisites: None

Wondering what to do with those leftover bits that are too lovely, unique, or expensive to throw away but don't seem to be enough for a whole mosaic? Got a pile of waste shards from your hammer and hardie? Are your wheeled nippers turning out whacky, curvy shards on the way to the straight cuts you're after? Bring your waste shards and offcuts and find out how they can become the building blocks of a cohesive mosaic composition.

Through lecture/slideshow, discussion, demos, and direct-method mosaic construction (no grout), student learn to:

- Organize scraps and shards of any material into categories (type, color, value, size, quantity, shape, etc.)
- Find useful relationships (likenesses, contrasts, etc.) between categories, between pieces
- Cut useful "random" shards from whole or scrap materials
- Assemble shard "alphabets" with which to form a coherent compositional language
- Develop abstract compositions from available materials
- Transition effectively from one material/color/shape/size to another
- Incorporate open space into a mosaic composition as either a focal point or a balance to the inherent density of mosaic
- Work with mortar as an adhesive and as a design element

Upcoming Sessions:

Contact me to book this workshop in your area!

FUNDAMENTO: SHAPE + DIRECTION = FLOW (One- and two-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:


Aug 4, 2017, 10:00 - 5:00pm Friday
Hughes Studio, Wo
odford, NSW, Australia
http://www.hughesstudio.com.au/

Aug 28-29, 2017, 6:00 - 10:00 - 5:00pm Monday and Tuesday
Hann-Made Studio, Mordialloc, VIC, AU
http://www.hannmade.net.au/

INTRODUCING MODULAR MOSAIC: A FRESH APPROACH TO COMPOSITION AND CONSTRUCTION
SOCIETY OF AMERICAN MOSAIC ARTISTS Annual Conference
One (very) full day
Level: All (This workshop is geared to interest and challenge students of all levels of mosaic experience)
Prerequisites: None
May 4, 2017, 08:00am - 5:00pm THURSDAY
Marriot Detroit Renaissance Center, Detroit, MI
http://www.americanmosaics.com/

In this full-day concept overview workshop, Kelley and Erin use a mix of lecture, slides, demos and hands-on exercises to introduce students to a flextible, spontaneous, scalable, continuity-ensuring mosaic approach: setting dimensional clusters - modules - of tesserae into mortar, arrangeing the cured modules into a composition on a substrate, and filling/weaving other tesserae (and space) around them. Modules can be grouped, strung together, broken up, recombined, built up, laid out on a grid - so many possibilities! - and then completely surrounded/blended with a mosaic field, partially surrounded/blended, or left freestanding for effect.  Topics covered: selecting a material/color palette, free-form composition, concept, interweaving design lements, use of space in design, material processing, working directly in mortar, coloring mortar, building/decorating substrates, creating more than one visual plane in a mosaic. Students DO NOT create a mosaic in this workshop, but DO participate in hands-on exercises and come away with tons of info and ideas PLUS some mosaic goodies.

MODULAR MOSAIC: A FRESH APPROACH TO COMPOSITION AND CONSTRUCTION (Five days)
Level: All (This workshop is geared to interest and challenge students of all levels of mosaic experience)
Prerequisites: None
Jun 7-11, 2017, 10:00am - 4:00pm Weds-Sun (five days)
Camp Bella Soul, Acton, ME
http://campbellasoul.com/

Five days at a lakeside studio with affordable accommodations. After class take a hike in the woods, get out on the lake, or take advantage of the evening open studio hours.We'll have time to really dig into concept and execution, and you'll have time to create more than one mosaic from start to finish.

In this flexible, spontaneous, scalable, continuity-ensuring approach to mosaic, students will set dimensional clusters – modules - of their chosen tesserae into mortar, arrange the cured modules into a composition, and fill/weave other tesserae (and space!) around them. Modules can be grouped, strung together, broken up, recombined, built up, laid out on a grid – so many possibilities! – and then completely surrounded/blended with a mosaic field, partially surrounded/blended, or left freestanding for effect. Topics covered: selecting a material/color palette, free-form composition, concept, interweaving design elements, use of space in design, material processing, working directly in mortar, coloring mortar, building/decorating substrates, creating more than one visual plane in a mosaic.

QUICK-RELEASE MOSAIC: A SERIES IN MONOCHROME
Level: All (Geared to interest and challenge students at all levels of mosaic proficiency)
Prerequisites: None

Working only in the range of a single color, students will execute three 5” x 5” mosaic treatments of one abstract design. In this two-day process you’ll learn to free up your creative flow, trust your instincts (there are myriad “right” decisions; pick any one!), make decisions quickly (keep moving forward, stop futzing), use constraints (limited color palette, size, time, design) to move through the paralysis of too many ideas/materials, problem-solve on the fly, plumb the effects magic of monochrome (value, gradient and contrast). You’ll also discover how to think in series: to carry aspects of one work through to others to develop a cohesive body of work. And of course along the way you’ll be actively learning about cutting, setting, and working with cement bonding mortar as adhesive and space as a design element.

Upcoming Sessions:

July 15 - 16, 2017, 10:00 - 5:00pm Saturday and Sunday
Seattle Mosaic Arts, Seattle, WA
http://www.seattlemosaicarts.com/

QUICK-RELEASE MOSAIC: TWO DAYS, THREE WORKS
Level: All (Geared to interest and challenge students at all levels of mosaic proficiency)
Prerequisites: None

Build a cohesive series of three mosaics in just two days! You’ll work small (5” 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. In this 2-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:

Aug 5-6, 2017, 10:00 - 5:00pm Saturday and Sunday
Hughes Studio, Wo
odford, NSW, Australia
http://www.hughesstudio.com.au/

Aug 26-27, 2017, 6:00 - 10:00 - 5:00pm Saturday and Sunday
Hann-Made Studio, Mordialloc, VIC, AU
http://www.hannmade.net.au/

KICKASSIETTE: BLOWING THE LID OFF CROCKERY MOSAIC
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.

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).

Upcoming Sessions:


Jun 24-25, 2017, 10:00 - 5:00pm Saturday and Sunday
Studio 9, Oakland, CA
randi@studio9.com

Oct 27-29, 2017, 10:00 - 5:00 Friday, Saturday and Sunday (three days)
Maverick Mosaic, Vienna, VA
http://www.maverickmosaics.com/workshops/

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

MODULAR MOSAIC/THE RUINS PROJECT (Four days)
Level: All (This workshop is geared to interest and challenge students of all levels of mosaic experience)
Prerequisites: None
Sep 14-17, 2017, 10:00am - 4:00pm Thurs-Sun (four days)
Rachel Sager Mosaics, Whitsett, PA
http://www.rachelsagermosaics.com/the-ruins-project/

Erin and I are thrilled to have been invited to offer Modular Mosaic as the inaugural visiting artist workshop of Rachel Sager’s The Ruins Project. This is an incredible match-up of concept and site, and will be our first ever four-day intensive combination of in-studio study and in situ application of our modular method. Rachel will be on hand to guide and facilitate this uniquely collaborative experience, where as part of their learning students join the story of the ruins, adding new mosaic to the walls and weaving mosaic into and around mosaic installations by previous artists. In Rachel’s words, “The Ruins Project is a long-term mosaic installation that represents the vision of one Pennsylvania artist but welcomes the hands, hearts, and hammers of mosaic enthusiasts from around the world. As a student working on the walls of The Ruins Project, you will have the opportunity to express yourself independently as an intuitive artist while becoming a part of something bigger than yourself.” Rachel

In this flexible, spontaneous, scalable, continuity-ensuring approach to mosaic, students will set dimensional clusters – modules - of their chosen tesserae into mortar, arrange the cured modules into a composition, and fill/weave other tesserae (and space!) around them. Modules can be grouped, strung together, broken up, recombined, built up, laid out on a grid – so many possibilities! – and then completely surrounded/blended with a mosaic field, partially surrounded/blended, or left freestanding for effect. Topics covered: selecting a material/color palette, free-form composition, concept, interweaving design elements, use of space in design, material processing, working directly in mortar, coloring mortar, building/decorating substrates, creating more than one visual plane in a mosaic.

GLASS WEEK 2017: RADICAL DIMENSIONS *AND* GLASS ON MIRROR: COLOR, TEXTURE, BLING!

Level: All levels
Prerequisites: None
27 Sep - 01 Oct 2017, 9:00 - 5:00pm Wednesday - Sunday
Sherri Warner Hunter, SWH Art Studio, Bell Buckle, TN
http://www.sherriwarnerhunter.com

In this 5-day workshop we'll explore the "glow factor" of using mirror as a mosaic substrate, using clear textured glass, colored glass, and dimensional glass shapes as tesserae.  Students will learn to use a ringsaw for creating custom glass shapes and achieving interesting incursion patterns such as spirals. Students will work with two adhesives: Lexel and an ultraviolet-curing fixative (with UV lamp), and will learn to use superstrong, stainproof SpectraLock epoxy grout with blingy Dazzle metallic additives (optional).

In addition, I'll spill all the beans on my signature “extreme sport” versions of glass-on-glass mosaic: Flat Stacking, in which stained glass is built up in multiple layers over mirror to create a luminous diffusion of light and a 3-D foreground/background effect; and Edge Stacking, in which stained glass strips of varying heights/lengths are stacked on edge either singly or in series so that the wavy and often beautifully striated riven edge is the visual focus. (NOTE: THIS IS THE FINAL OFFERING OF RADICAL DIMENSIONS AS A LIVE WORKSHOP.)

Over the five days students will incorporates all these techniques into mosaic panels, and will learn how to cut and set unglazed porcelain as a contrast to the glass. I’ll also cover designing for these techniques, mixing these techniques with other media, and appropriate adhesives, tools, and applications.

OTHER WORKSHOPS

READY, (THIN)SET, GO! IMPROVING YOUR FINE MORTAR SKILLS (Lecture/Demo)
(Co-instructor: Erin Pankratz)
One full day
Level: All levels
Prerequisites: None


Through lecture, demo, visual aids and samples Kelley and Erin will demystify the use of cement bonding mortar (thinset) as an adhesive AND introduce students to the concept of thinset as a design element as integral as tesserae. Students will learn how to effecively use a small trowel to spread/guide/manage thinset; how to work cleanly; different approaches to adhering tesserae; how to tint thinset; how to blend and layer tinted thinset; how to mark, scratch through and texturize the surface of thinset for visual effects; how to execute Erin's unique freestanding tesserae technique using perfected multicoloured "blobs"; and how Kelley builds up, embeds and tips tesserae for sculptural and light-handling effects.  All without geting your hands dirty! Other tips will include uses for tinted thinset slurries, thinset as tesserae (what?!?!), designing open space into a mosaic composition, smoothing the surface of open areas of thinset, making substrates from thinset and mesh, and much more.  Bring your pad and pen to take notes on the lectures and demos, and bring that niggling thinset question for the Q&A session.  This workshop is geared to interest and inform all levels of mosaic practitioners.  If you've been hesitant to work with thinset, this workshop's for you.  If you've used thinset for ages and are looking for some new inspiration, this workshop's for you!  Students won't be building a project in this workshop, but each student will receive two 5" square sample boards incorporating the techniques taught in the workshop.

Upcoming Sessions:

Contact me to book this workshop in your area!

READY, (THIN)SET, GO! IMPROVING YOUR FINE MORTAR SKILLS (Hands-on!)
One full day
Level: All levels
Prerequisites: None


Through slideshow, demos, and hands-on practice, students learn to:

-       Use cement bonding mortar (thinset) as an adhesive and a design element
-       Make and hang mortarmesh substrates
-       Effectively use a small trowel to spread/guide/manage thinset,
-       Work cleanly
-       Use two different methods of adhering tesserae with thinset
-       Tint thinset
-       Texturize the surface of thinset for visual effects
-       Embed and tip tesserae for sculptural and light-handling effects
-       Smooth the surface of open areas of thinset

This workshop is designed to interest and challenge mosaic practitioners of all experience levels. A good understanding of basic mosaic principles and vocabulary is helpful but not necessary.

Upcoming Sessions:

 Contact me to book this workshop in your area!

 

 

WEEKEND WORKSHOPS

 

FUNDAMENTO: SHAPE + DIRECTION = FLOW
Level: All levels
Prerequisites: None

Through a fun, fast-paced combination of lecture/slideshow, discussion, drawing, and hands-on practice, students will learn to execute six modern field andamenti: random circles ("Circlemento"), random squares/rectangles ("Squaretangular"), linear quadrangles ("Linear"), multidirectional quadrangles ("Alldamento"), radiating out from a curve ("Bigbangamento"), and undulating ("Accordionamento").

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

All materials will be provided.

Students should plan to bring these tools:  scissors, pencil, eraser, highlighter.

This workshop is geared to interest and challenge students at all levels of mosaic experience.

Upcoming Sessions:

Contact me to schedule this workshop in your area in 2017!

 



STRATA VARIOUS: MASTERING AND MERGING MATERIALS IN MOSAIC
Level: All (Geared to interest and challenge students at all levels of mosaic proficiency)
Prerequisites: None

OBJECTIVE: to learn to see unique potential in any material, and then maximize that potential by shape, angle, spacing, contrast and proximity to other materials.

HOW YOU’LL GET THERE:

  1. By processing a variety of materials (stone, glass, ceramic and more) with a variety of tools
  2. By creating idea boards as visual reminders of the new material properties you’re discovering
  3. By creating a small, ungrouted mosaic in a stratified (repeating horizontal or vertical lines) format (no design pressure!),

ALSO COVERED:

  1. Building and rigging your own durable, lightweight substrate
  2. The amazing properties of thinset mortar (tip, embed, nestle, and build up those tesserae!)
  3. Effective use of empty space (vive la vacancy!)
  4. Smoothing and finishing the surface and edges of your mosaic
  5. The infinite value of mistakes, surprises and laughter in the creation process

Upcoming Sessions:

Contact me to book this workshop in your area!

RADICAL DIMENSIONS IN GLASS MOSAIC
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Prerequisites: The ability to score/cut glass in a straight line with a simple glass cutter and straightedge

In this intense hands-on course I spill all the beans on my signature “extreme sport” versions of glass-on-glass mosaic:

Flat Stacking, in which stained glass is built up in multiple layers over mirror to create a luminous diffusion of light and a 3-D foreground/background effect; and Edge Stacking, in which stained glass strips of varying heights/lengths are stacked on edge either singly or in series so that the wavy and often beautifully striated riven edge is the visual focus.

During this 2-day course students will incorporates these techniques in a small mosaic panel, and will learn how to cut and set unglazed porcelain as a contrast to the glass in a dedicated 4-hr session. I’ll also cover designing for these techniques, mixing these techniques with other media, and appropriate adhesives, tools, and applications. All materials will be provided, but if they wish students are welcome to supplement provided glass with glass from their own inventory.

Upcoming Sessions:

Radical Dimensions in Glass AND Glass on Mirror: Color, Texture, Bling (FIVE DAYS)
27 Sep - 01 Oct 2017, 9:00 - 5:00pm Wednesday - Sunday

Sherri Warner Hunter, SWH Art Studio, Bell Buckle, TN
http://www.sherriwarnerhunter.com

 

EXTENDED INTENSIVE WORKSHOPS

MODULAR MOSAIC: CONNECTING THE DOTS OF INTENT AND SPONTANAEITY
(Co-taught with Erin Pankratz-Smith)
Level: All (This workshop is geared to interest and challenge students of all levels of mosaic experience)
Prerequisites: None


In this flextible, spontaneous, scalable, continuity-ensuring approach to mosaic, students will set dimensional clusters - modules - of their chosen tesserae into mortar, arrange the cured modules into a composition on a substrate, and fill/weave other tesserae (and space) around them. Modules can be grouped, strung together, broken up, recombined, built up, laid out on a grid - so many possibilities! - and then completely surrounded/blended with a mosaic field, partially surrounded/blended, or left freestanding for effect.  Topics covered: selecting a material/color palette, free-form composition, concept, interweaving design lements, use of space in design, material processing, working directly in mortar, coloring mortar, building/decorating substrates, creating more than one visual plane in a mosaic.

Upcoming Sessions:

Contact me to book this workshop in your area!

 

STRATA CHROMA: MOSAIC HIGH (RELIEF) AND DEEP (COLOR)
(Co-taught with Erin Pankratz)
Level: All (This workshop is geared to interest and challenge students of all levels of mosaic experience)
Prerequisites: None


Students will first learn to build and rig their own durable, lightweight 2D mosaic substrates, incorporating pigmented cement in an adventurous exploration of color merging, layering, and texture. Then, working in a wide variety of natural and manmade black materials, students will learn to recognize/achieve/exploit ideal joins of angle, height, size, and shapes for various visual effects, setting these materials into colorful cement mortars. Finally, using the strata format as a nominal compositional framework, students will incorporate all they've learned into the construction of a small mosaic on their handbuilt substrates.
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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@rivenworksmosaics.com to discuss.