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TEACHING 2021

Tuesday Mosaics at the Blue Mountains Creative Arts Centre, Cnr Hare and Moore Sts Glenbrook -

Term 3 2021 classes start 20 July and run for 7 weeks

Afternoon session 3 - 6.  Evening session 6.30-9.30 

$220 for the term, plus $35 materials fee payable to me at the first session.  Students must be members of the centre at a cost of $50 per calendar year. 

This fun and practical class is suitable for students of all levels.  If you've always wanted to learn to mosaic or wish to improve your existing skills, come and join us and make a mosaic for home or garden.  Class numbers are limited to 8 people and we will be practising social distancing and increased hygiene measures. Because of the restrictions on numbers classes have been filling quickly.   

 

 Online registration for Term 3 now open. Please note that you have to be logged in to the BMCAC website in order to book a class. Registration here.

Working With Smalti - Private Workshops - new sessions

2/3 September 2021 - places available

or 4/5 September 2021 9.30-5 pm - sold out - waitlist

I have scheduled two more of my popular private Working with Smalti workshops in my home studio in Glenbrook, NSW. This is an intermediate level workshop and aimed at people with previous mosaic experience who want to try out a new material or or develop their smalti skills. No previous knowledge of smalti is required. Limited to four people.

I will share my extensive knowledge of using this beautiful and traditional material and you work towards a 25 x 25 cm artwork suitable for interior or exterior to your own design. My art is on the walls, the studio overlooks the bush and there is walk-in access to the Smalti Australia store next door to my studio. I supply substrates, hanging hardware, adhesives and oxides. You will need to either bring your own smalti or buy it from Smalti Australia at a 10% discount once you are here.

Wheeled nippers are fine but I will also have two hammers and hardies available for the group, or you can bring your own hammer and desktop hardie if you want to use them. 

Total cost of $360 includes substrates, adhesives and colourants, morning and afternoon tea and a light lunch both days. Glenbrook is a lovely little village on the Blue Mountains train line and there are Airbnb properties available both in the village and nearby. We are happy to pick up people from Glenbrook station or from accommodation within about a 10-15 minute drive from Glenbrook. There is a $100 non refundable deposit. If you have any questions, email me or ring me on 0404 850157

Booking :  2/3 September: Here              4/5 September: Waitlist places, click Here 

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Bend Fold and Undulate - Making and mosaicing lightweight dimensional substrates

16/17 October 10-5 both days. 

Come to my private studio in Glenbrook NSW and learn my trademark technique for making lightweight, dimensional substrates for mosaic. On day one, we cover two methods for making lightweight non-flat wall-hanging substrates suitable for interior or exterior use. You will learn to make an undulating or folded wall hanging substrate of your own design. The second substrate is hollow, such as a wall-hanging mask or torso and introduces you to the technique of sand casting. Both of these pieces are made in two stages and will need to be finished in your own time after the course.

 

In the afternoon of the first day you will be given a small (approximately 20 x 20 cm) half-made folded or undulating form to to finish, including adding hanging hardware. This cures overnight ready to be worked on the next day. On day two you mosaic the substrate that you completed the day before. By the end of the weekend you will have made two substrates up to the end of stage 1, completed a substrate including attaching hangers and other embellishments such as fringes and had experience mosaicing on a non-flat substrate. This will give you the skills to make your own substrates from scratch at home.

This workshop is aimed at people with some previous mosaic experience who want to take their mosaics to a new level by making their own substrates. Limited to four people.

All materials for making substrates are supplied, including supplies to finish off your first two substrates at home. For day two, you will need to bring your own mosaic materiaI or you are welcome to buy from Smalti Australia at a 10% discount once you are here.

Total cost of $360 includes materials for making substrates, morning and afternoon tea and a light lunch both days. Glenbrook is a lovely little village on the Blue Mountains train line and there are Airbnb properties available both in the village and nearby. We are happy to pick up people from Glenbrook station or from accommodation within about a 10-15 minute drive from Glenbrook.  $100 non-refundable deposit.

 

Booking here

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Travelling to Teach 

At present, we are in unusual times.  Normally I travel extensivesly to teach both nationally and internationally but at the moment I am pretty much limited to Australia. However, within these limits I am available to teach small group workshops with appropriate social distancing and enhanced hygiene measures, so if you would like me to come and teach for you, please contact me on mshapiro@dariandesign.com.au and I will send you my booklet of available workshops.

Presentations or workshops on working with smalti are available in conjunction with Smalti Australia.

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