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Contemporary Mosaics: From the Ground Up via ZOOM


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Workshop Overview

This is the Smithsonian 2021 Winter offering, VIA ZOOM, Tuesdays, February 2 – March 6, 6 weeks, 6:30 to 9 pm. 

You register for this workshop through the Smithsonian Institution and sign ups will begin in December. Drop a note for priority notification, space limited.

This course will be taught on-line via Zoom format and will include lecture and real time demonstrations.

Students of all skill levels find inspiration in both the ancient art of mosaics and the form’s international movement as they are guided through the process of creating a mixed-media abstract mosaic. This course is filled with experimentation, offering the opportunity to learn several new mosaic fabrication techniques.

Students engineer a handmade substrate using mortar and fiberglass mesh. Students are introduced to traditional mosaic materials (marble, stone, smalti,) and craft an ungrouted, one-square-foot piece using a variety of natural materials such as shells, pebbles and stones in combination with ceramics, broken china, glass tiles, and other materials.

They are led through the creative and technical processes to embed multiple layers of tesserae directly into a setting bed, which can be used to create complex textures. Mosaic design principles, lay patterns (andamento), and color theory are also covered.

The instructor has prepared kits that include materials for you to construct a small prototype substrate as well as a larger final work and a beautiful selection of mosaic materials (smalti, stone, crockery, ceramic, shells and more  ). The downloadable supplemental supply list details what will be included in your supply kit as well as student provided recommended tools and materials.

The kit supply fee is $85, students will be separately invoiced and kits shipped the week prior to the first class.

Prerequisite: an open mind! No experience necessary.

We encourage you to become a member of the Smithsonian Institution’s Associated Program, benefits include:

  • Members-Only Ticket Priority before programs go on sale to the public
  • Eligibility to purchase one ticket per program at the discounted member price (savings up to 35%)

Membership pays for itself with the 35% discount!!

photo: “Round She Goes”, by Bonnie Fitzgerald in a workshop with Kelley Knickerbocker.

Start On February 2, 2021
Duration 6 weeks via ZOOM
Level Any
Supply Fee $85 plus applicable sales tax and USPS shipping
Dates Tuesdays, February 2 - March 6
Hours 6:30-9 pm
Tuition Members $235, Non-Members $265
Price $235.00

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