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Contemporary Mosaics: from the ground up


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This is the Smithsonian 2020 Spring evening offering, Tuesdays April 14-June 2, 6:30 pm – 9 pm, 8 week course.  

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 and create their own unique mosaic materials using colored mortar. They 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.

A separate supply fee of $85 payable directly to instructor includes all materials to create handmade substrate, hanging devices, mortar, colorants, tool loan, and a generous and varied supply of mosaic materials.

A supplemental supply list may be downloaded from this page no later than 2 weeks prior to the first session

Photos:  “Earth & Sky” by Bonnie Fitzgerald

Other photos also by Fitzgerald illustrating handmade substrates and other innovative approaches and materials.


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 $85
Location Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)
Hours Tuesdays, April 14 - June 2, 6:30 pm - 9 pm
Price $245.00

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