TEACHING 2019


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

Afternoon session 2.30 - 5.30.  Evening session 6.30-9.30

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.

$180 for the term, plus $35 materials fee payable at the first class.  Plus BMCAC membership for the year $50.

This term has now started, so keep an eye out for next term.


Workshops at Beliana Mosaics, Gembrook, VIC

Bend Fold and Undulate – 1 day 21st March. 10 am – 5 pm
Learn different methods of making dimensional substrates for mosaic, using fibreglass mesh and cement-based adhesive to make two lightweight wall hanging substrates of your own design. Substrates are made in two stages and you will finish yours at home. Marian will supply a half-made folded or undulating substrate to complete during the course so you get hands-on experience. At the end of the day you should be confident to design, make and mosaic your own substrates.
Some mosaic experience desirable and will be particularly useful for those who want to move beyond the flat surface.
Cost: Early bird bookings by January 31st $140. $180 for bookings after that. Plus materials fee $35. $50 non-refundable deposit secures your place

Understanding Values – working with light dark and contrast. 22nd March. 9 am – 5pm

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 course aims to give participants an understanding of the concept of value and the tools to use it effectively in their own mosaic work. This is a mainly theoretical course, the mosaic making will be to produce samples rather than creative pieces. Intermediate/Advanced

Cost: Early bird bookings by January 31st $140. $180 for bookings after that. Plus materials fee $25. $50 non-refundable deposit secures your place

Working with Smalti – 2 day 23-24 March. 9am – 5pm

A traditional and prestigious mosaic material with unique properties with light, smalti has been used for over a thousand years to produce beautiful mosaic work. Participants will learn the differences and similarities between different types of smalti. We will look at the visual effects which can be achieved by different ways of laying smalti and learn how to cut it using wheeled mosaic nippers. Each participant will work towards a small smalti mosaic of their own design suitable for exterior using the direct method with tinted cement-based adhesive. Substrates, adhesives and oxides will be supplied but students need to bring their own smalti and any other materials they wish to incorporate. Any smalti that can be cut with wheeled nippers is suitable for this course. Smalti Australia will offer a discount to registered participants. Intermediate

Cost: Early Bird bookings by January 31st $270. $350 for bookings after that. Plus Materials cost $25.$50 non-refundable deposit secures your place.

For more information or to reserve a place see Belinda's website HERE   


Hughes Studio at Woodford Academy, NSW

Moving into the Third Dimension - Making and working with dimensional substrates

Sat 30th & Sun 31st March 2019
Hours: 10am - 5pm Daily
Fees: $385 including materials and GST. â€‹Deposit: $110  

This course introduces students to making and working with dimensional substrates for mosaic. On day one, students learn two methods for making lightweight non-flat wall-hanging substrates suitable for interior or exterior use. Following this each participant will be supplied with a small (approximately 20 x 24 cm) half made folded or undulating substrate. This substrate will then be completed under direction then allowed to cure overnight ready to be mosaiced on the next day. On day two students mosaic the substrate that they completed the day before.

For more details see HERE or email Caitlin Hughes on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Adelaide in June

Working with Smalti at Creative Mosaics, Melrose Park, SA June 12-14. 2.5 days

Evening session June 12 6.30-8.30 pm.  9-4 pm 13 and 14 June.

A traditional and prestigious mosaic material with unique properties with light, smalti has been used for over a thousand years to produce beautiful mosaic work. Participants will learn the differences and similarities between different types of smalti. We will look at the visual effects which can be achieved by different ways of laying smalti and learn how to cut it using wheeled mosaic nippers. Each participant will work towards a small smalti mosaic of their own design suitable for exterior using the direct method with tinted cement-based adhesive. Substrates, adhesives and oxides will be supplied but students need to bring their own smalti and any other materials they wish to incorporate. Any smalti that can be cut with wheeled nippers is suitable for this course. Smalti Australia will offer a discount to registered participants. Intermediate.  Maximum 8 people

Cost: Early Bird bookings by 25th March $280.  $350 after that.  Plus Materials cost $25.A non-refundable deposit secures your place. Ring Sally at Creative Mosaics 08 8276 3060 or email her on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Texture and Light - Jane Silk Mosaic, Chandlers' Hill

15/16 June 2019, 9-5 both days
Are you ready to take your work to the next level? Looking for new ways to use material to bring fresh life and energy to your work?

Discover the possibilities of working with texture, colour and light in mosaic. Come away with inspirations and techniques to create individual, original and vibrant mosaic art.

Work towards a small hanging mosaic (25 cm x 25 cm) suitable for either interior or exterior display. Substrate, adhesive and colourants are provided, but participants need to bring their own tools and mosaic materials.

As this course focuses on texture and light in mosaic, bring a mix of materials which work differently with light; ie: vitreous glass, unglazed ceramic, china, stained glass etc. Materials of different heights are also good for this course. Bring additional materials that call to you e.g.; beads, pebbles, glass gems, found objects, fossils etc. Swapping and sharing will be encouraged.
This workshop is not for absolute beginners, but is for those with some mosaic experience who wish to try new things and bring their work to a new level.

Early bird bookings by 1st April: $320 plus $25 materials fee
Bookings after 1st April: $360 plus $25 materials fee
$100 non-refundable deposit secures your place
Bookings and information: Jane Silk. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Small Group Working with Smalti Workshops - Glenbrook NSW

Weekend 1: 13/14 July 2019.  9.30 - 5 pm both days.  $350.  Sold out Waitlist available. Book HERE

Weekend 2 : 26/27 October 2019.  9.30 - 5 pm both days.  $350. Sold out Waitlist available Book HERE

I am offering two Working with Smalti workshops in my home studio in Glenbrook, NSW. I will share my extensive knowledge of using this beautiful and traditional material and you will 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. Minimum of three people. Maximum of four people.

I will 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. 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. 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 $350 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 deposit for both workshops. If you have any questions, email me or ring me on 0404 850157

 


Travelling to Teach 

I have just updated my booklet of available course offerings.  If you would like me to come and teach for you, either in Australia and abroad, please contact me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Book me for a Workshop or Presentation
I have extensive teaching and speaking experience and am happy to travel. In the last year or so I have taught workshops in the USA, Canada, UK, New Zealand, Perth, Canberra and Sydney and had several 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.
 
 
 
 
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