Tuesday Mosaics at the Blue Mountains Creative Arts Centre, Cnr Hare and Moore Sts Glenbrook -
Registration for Term 1 2020 now open
Seven sessions starting February 4, 2020
Afternoon session 3 - 6. Evening session 6.30-9.30
$190 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. Registration HERE
Gembrook Victoria at Beliana Mosaics
Bend Fold and Undulate: Dimensional Substrates
6 March 2020. 10-5 pm
Always wondered how Marian makes those substrates that look like fabric? Want to make your own dimensional substrates? This fun, hands-on workshop gives you two different methods to make lightweight substrates suitable for indoors or out. Working with fiberglass mesh and cement-based adhesive, you create two wall-hanging substrates of your own design. The first is flat, folded, or undulating – or a combination of all three. The second substrate is hollow, for instance a mask or torso, and is created by using sand to make a mould (sand-casting).
Both these substrates are made in two stages. You make the first stage during the workshop but complete them in your own time afterwards. In the afternoon, you will complete a half made substrate supplied by Marian so you know exactly what to do when you get home. Max: 8
Who: Suitable for all levels, but will also be enjoyed by people with some mosaic experience who want to take their work in a new direction.
Cost: Early Bird $150 plus $35 materials. Book and pay in full by 31 Jan 2020. $75 non refundable deposit secures your place.
After 31 Jan 2020, $190 plus $35 materials. Pay in full by 21 Feb 2020. $75 non refundable deposit secures your place..
Bling it on! Magical Mirrors
7/8 March 2020. 9-5 pm both days
Join me for a fun weekend exploring the use of repeated patterns and exciting colour combinations to produce unique decorative mixed media mirrors. These extravagantly decorative mirrors make wonderful gifts or just a great present for yourself. This technique can also be used to make art mosaics which imitate fabric or embroidery. Using a mix of materials, including smalti, fused glass gems, beads, millefiori and more, you will make a mirror 30 x 30 for indoor use. We provide the mirror base, adhesives, colourants and a glittering lolly shop of materials to choose from. Please bring extra items such as broken jewellery, shells or beads to swap and share. The workshop is supported by presentations and notes. Max: 8
Who: Suitable for beginners, but will also be enjoyed by people with some mosaic experience.
Cost: Early Bird $285 plus $75 materials. Book and pay in full by 7 February 2020. $100 non refundable deposit secures your place.
After 31 Jan 2020, $350 plus $75 materials. Pay in full by 21 Feb 2020. $100 non refundable deposit secures your place.
Working with Smalti - Small Group Private Workshops Glenbrook NSW
March 14/15 (WAITLIST) and 8/9 August 2020 (1 PLACE LEFT) 9.30-5 pm both days
After last year's sell out workshops, I am offering two more Working with Smalti workshops in my home studio in Glenbrook, NSW. These are intermediate level workshops 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. 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, plus a 10% discount. Minimum of three people. Maximum of four people.
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.
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
Brisbane hosted by Catherine Conaty
When: Friday 20 March 2020, 9am-5pm
Where: Carina Heights, Brisbane
Cost: Early bird price – book and pay in full by 1 Feb 2020. $170 (inc GST) + $25 materials fee payable on the day
After 1 Feb $210 (inc GST) plus $25 materials fee payable on the day
A non-refundable deposit of $70 secures your place
Booking: To register, click HERE
Value, (how light or dark something is) is an important concept in art. Particularly in mosaic, the correct use of values can contribute enormously to the “readability” of a piece. Using a mix of theory and practical exercises, this workshop gives you an understanding of the concept of value and the tools to use it effectively in your work. We look at basic colour theory and how it applies to mosaic and focus specifically on value. You will learn how to make a smooth transition from one colour to another, and we’ll also look at how values work when grouting a project – addressing the vexed question of “what colour will I grout it”? In the afternoon you make a small mosaic concentrating on value. Full course notes, substrates, adhesives and use of tools provided.
When: Saturday 21-22 March 2020, 9am-5pm both days
Where: Carina Heights, Brisbane
Cost: Early bird price – book and pay in full by 1 Feb 2020. $300 (inc GST) + $30 materials fee payable on the day
After 1 Feb $360 (inc GST) plus $30 materials fee payable on the day
A non-refundable deposit of $100 secures your place
Booking: To register, click HERE
Want to take your work to the next level? This workshop gives you a theoretical and practical understanding of the visual grammar of mosaics by looking at both traditional and modern andamento (flow) and opus (laying patterns). On day one, discover how to cut and lay your tesserae to best enhance your work. There’ll be an in depth look at cutting and laying curves and circles and we’ll tackle the tricky triangle issue.
The first day is theoretical and consists of presentations and exercises on and with paper. No drawing skills needed. At the end of the day one, you will apply what you've learned to a mosaic of your own design. On day two, you'll put it into practice by making that mosaic. Full course notes, substrates, adhesives and use of tools provided, but you will need to bring your own mosaic materials for day two. Some materials will be available for purchase.
Canberra at Kim Grant Mosaics
When: Saturday 4 - Sunday 5 April 2020, 9am-5pm both days
Cost: $285+ $50 materials fee
See course description for Brisbane above. Information and bookings at Kim Grant's website HERE
Adelaide at Jane Silk's studio
When: Saturday 18 - Sunday 19 April 2020, 9am-5pm both days
Early bird Cost: Book and pay in full by 1 March 2020. $300 including materials fee
After 1 March $350 including materials fee. A non-refundable deposit of $100 secures your place
See course description for Brisbane above. Information and bookings email Jane at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sydney at Australia Stained Glass, Camperdown
Introduction to Mosaics
When: Saturday 2 - Sunday 3 May. 9 am - 5 pm both days
Where: Australian Stained Glass 12 Larkin Street, Camperdown NSW
Cost: $250 Early bird booking before April 3rd. $290 after that.
Always wanted to learn mosaics? Come and join me and make a simple wall hanging or mirror for interior use. You will get an overview of mosaic as an art form, discover the different types of material and how to cut, lay, glue and grout. After the 2 day course, leave with your own mosaic artwork and the knowledge and skills to start your own mosaic exploration. Mosaic materials from the MOZAYIQUE range of tiles, mosaic bases, use of tools and adhesives will be supplied. Design templates will be available for those who want them. The workshop is supported by short presentations and full notes.
Bookings: See HERE
See Gembrook for course description. Details TBC
Travelling to Teach
I have a booklet of available workshops. If you would like me to come and teach for you, either in Australia and abroad, please contact me on email@example.com
Book me for a Workshop or Presentation
I have extensive teaching and speaking experience and am happy to travel. I have taught workshops in the USA, Canada, UK, New Zealand, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney and had many speaking engagements. If you are interested in hosting a workshop, please contact me. A booklet of course outlines in electronic form is available on request.
Presentations or workshops on working with smalti are available in conjunction with Smalti Australia.