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

Term 3 has now started.  Term 1 2022 mosaics class starts on Feb 8th 2022. 


From term 1 2022, classes at the centre will be a Tuesday evening session 6.30-9.30 pm and a Wednesday morning session 9 am - 12 noon. 7 sessions.

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.

Online booking is usually available about three weeks before the start of term.  Class fee to be confirmed.  Materials fee of $40 is payable to me at the first session.  Students must be members of the centre at a cost of $50 per calendar year. 


Class numbers are currently limited to 8 fully vaccinated people and we will be practising social distancing and increased hygiene measures.


Working with Smalti private workshops - bookings now open

Thursday/Friday 17/18 February 2022

OR Saturday/Sunday 19/20 February 2022

9.30-5 pm both days

I am running another series of my 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 three people. I am asking that participants be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

I 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 $375 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. Bookings through the Smalti Australia website here.


If you have any questions, email me mshapiro@dariandesign.com.au or ring me on 0404 850157

Brisbane 2022​

I am delighted to be teaching for Catherine Conaty in her Brisbane studio again in 2022.

Where: Catherine Conaty’s Studio, 35 Tirrabella Street, Carina Heights


Tempered Glass Mosaics, Friday 4 February 2021 10-5

Optional grouting session on Friday 11th February 9am-11am - included in the workshop cost.


Learn how to work with tempered glass (crash glass) to make exquisite mosaics by decorating your mosaic base and applying the glass over it.  Suitable for beginners or for people with some mosaic experience who want to add a new level to their work.

Cost: Early bird price $170 (incl GST) until 24/12/2021 after which cost goes up to $210 (incl GST), plus $25 materials fee payable on the day

Bookings and more information HERE

Working with Smalti, 2.5 days.  Evening session Friday 4 February 6.30 - 8.30 pm, plus Saturday/Sunday 5/6 February 10-5 both days

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.  

Cost: Earlybird: $300 incl GST until 24/12/21, after which cost goes up to $360 (incl GST) after that, plus $15 Materials fee payable on the day.

Payment in full is required, which includes a non-refundable deposit of $75.  Bookings and more information HERE

Travelling to Teach 

Normally I travel extensively to teach both nationally and internationally but at the moment I am pretty much limited to some states in Australia. However, within these limits I am available to teach small group workshops with appropriate social distancing, vaccination regulations, 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.  I am beginning to book up for early 2022 so if you are interested, please contact me.

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