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Teaching in 2022

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

Term 2, 2022 mosaics class starts on May 3rd 2022. 7 sessions. $220

Bookings open on 1 May HERE


Tuesday evening session 6.30-9.30 pm

Wednesday morning session 9 am - 12 noon.

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.  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 and you need to be logged in as a member to book a class. Class numbers are currently limited to 8 people.  


Working with Smalti - Private workshops Glenbrook NSW

2/3 June or 4/5 June.  9.30-5 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 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 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.

Substrates, hanging hardware, adhesives and oxides are supplied. You need to either bring your own smalti or buy it from Smalti Australia at a 10% discount once you are here. Wheeled nippers are used in this workshop but there will be 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.  A non refundable deposit of $100 secures your place.  COVID vaccinations required. Bookings HERE

Workshops in Brisbane at Catherine Conaty's - June

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

Both these workshops are open to people who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Proof of vaccination will be required.


Tempered Glass Mosaics Friday 17th June 10-5

Workshop description as above. An optional grouting session will be held on Friday 24th June from 9am-11am (which is included in the workshop cost).

Cost: Early bird price $170 (incl GST) until 1/5/22 after which cost goes up to $210 (incl GST), plus $25 materials fee payable on the day

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

Working with Smalti 17th June 2.5 days - Sold out - waitlist available

17-19 June 2022 Day 1 - 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm Days 2 and 3 - 10 am – 5 pm


Always wanted to use smalti? 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. Discover the history of smalti and the differences and similarities between the different makes. Explore the visual effects which can be achieved by different ways of laying smalti and discover how to cut it using modern cutting techniques. You will work towards a small smalti mosaic (25 x 25 cm) to your own design. Wheeled nippers are used for this workshop though there will be the opportunity to try out a hammer and hardie.

This workshop is at intermediate level and is for people with some mosaic experience, though experience of working with smalti is not necessary. It is not suitable for total beginners. Substrates and adhesives are provided, but you need to bring your own smalti and wheeled nippers. Any smalti that can be cut with wheeled nippers is suitable and you will need between 1 - 1.5 kilos. If you wish to use Mexican Smalti, there will be a selection available for purchase at the workshop. Additionally, you can order in advance from Smalti Australia and they will deliver your order to Catherine's studio.

Cost: Earlybird: $300 incl GST until 1/5/21, 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. For waitlist places click HERE.

Travelling to Teach 

Normally I travel extensively 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, 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 getting pretty busy for the first half of 2022 so if you are interested, please contact me.

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

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