Enter your keyword


Picassette Portrait

About Instructor

This is the Smithsonian 2020 Spring offering, Tuesdays April 14-June 2, 1pm-3:30, 8 week course.  

In this course students create a mosaic portrait of an animal or human.  This timeless and popular art form is called picassiette and is a wonderful opportunity to learn how to resurrect a chipped or damaged family heirloom by giving it a new life as a work of art.

Students are welcome provide image to work from and instructor will provide details what kinds of images work best for the technique as a part of the downloadable supply list. As an alternative Instructor will also have a few images for students to choose from.

Through hands-on experiences students learn tricks for transferring designs, nipping, cutting, tool use, good design methods, and grouting. A separate $70 supply fee will cover substrate, hanging device, tool use and a wide selection of cast-off dishes and crockery. Also included is grout and toll loan as needed during class hours. Students are welcome to bring supplemental materials.

Works are grouted at the final class meeting.  Some mosaic experience helpful, but not required. There is an elevator to the classroom and storage. Please do not bring your most precious family heir loom if this your first piece.

Supply fee and our time frame allows for approximately 1 square foot of mosaic. Supply fee is due at start of first class, cash, Venmo or check please.

Photo:  “My Mom, May” by Bonnie Fitzgerald


S. Dillon Ripley Center
Room 3040
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)

Start On April 14, 2020
Duration 8 weeks
Level Any
Supply Fee $70
Location Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)
Hours Tuesdays, April 14 - June 2, 1pm - 3:30pm
Price $245.00

Location map

Share This