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Modern Mosaics, Ancient Motifs

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Workshop Overview

This is the Smithsonian 2020 Autumn offering, VIA ZOOM, Tuesdays, October 13 – December 8, time tbd. No class Thanksgiving week.  THERE WILL BE A DAY AND AND EVENING SESSION. Pricing and sign up date details forthcoming. Drop us a note for priority notification.

In this course students create a modern interpretation of a classical mosaic design using unglazed ceramic porcelain. Inspired by designs from Roman and Byzantine periods our modern interpretations will be of ancient motifs and subjects.

Weekly lecture will cover various aspects of mosaic history and “how to information”. In addition to lecture students will interact with instructor and other students during class time via Zoom platform. Instructor will provide a few design choices and kits will be sent to students with all the materials needed to complete project. Students must purchase kit to participate in class.

Unglazed Porcelains are the perfect choice to mimic the look of traditional mosaics. They have a natural look and earthy feel that is second to none. Its high-density clay body is easy to cut with inexpensive tile nippers. The material is very versatile, each tile is the same color inside and out (a full body clay) and the palette is rich, earthy tones.

The course begins with a review of the history of mosaics as students gain an understanding of classical mosaic design and fabrication. Lectures will cover specific technical considerations, materials management and students will share work in progress images. There will also be in class, live demonstrations.

Separate kit fee of $95 is payable directly to instructor and includes substrate, pattern, adhesive, grout, and ample supply of ceramic. Kit fee includes USPS shipping domestic USA. International shipping extra. Kit includes everything you will need to complete our project.  Students must purchase one of the kits designed by the instructor to participate in the class. Additionally a tile nipper or mosaic wheel nipper will be needed and can be purchased from instructor for an additional $35, or on own. Kits will be mailed via USPS one week in advance. Kits are non-returnable and non-refundable.

All skill levels welcome.

Previous mosaic helpful but not required. We will only be working with unglazed porcelain in this course. If student completes project in less that allotted 8 week course additional kits are available for purchase.

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!!

CLASS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SIGN UPS IN EARLY AUGUST. The Smithsonian’s mosaic classes fill up quickly, spaced limited!

Featured Image os one of the four kit images available. By Bonnie Fitzgerald

Start On October 13, 2020
Duration 8 weeks via ZOOM
Level Any
Supply Fee $95 includes domestic shipping
Tentative Dates Tuesdays, October 13 - December 8, 2020
Hours 2 hour classes, time tbd
Price $0.00

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