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Exterior Mosaics – small group!

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IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THIS CLASS PLEASE DROP US A NOTE. WE ASK YOU DO NOT MAKE CREDIT CARD PURCHASE AT THIS TIME (IT COSTS US TO REFUND YOUR MONEY). WE WILL WORK OUT DETAILS AND PAYMENT WITH YOU INDIVIDUALLY AND, OF COURSE, THIS CLASS WILL ONLY BE HELD WHEN WE ARE BEYOND OUR NATIONAL EMERGENCY.

THIS WORKSHOP WILL BE OFFERED EVENTUALLY, WE NEED TO “WAIT OUT THE STORM”.

THE AUGUST DATE IS TENTATIVE, DROP US A NOTE AND WE WILL KEEP YOU POSTED.

Workshop will be held at Fitzgerald’s home studio in Oakton, VA.  This has been such a popular course, adding this opportunity.

Introduction to Exterior Mosaics is essential for anyone interested in creating mosaics for outside applications. We will cover how to put mosaics together for permanent outdoor use (surviving freeze/thaw) using stained glass and other glass products.

Workshop kicks off with a comprehensive review of all materials suited for exterior applications including glass and ceramic. Students learn how test tiles and other tesserae to determine feasibility for exterior application. Lecture and picture presentation will also cover exterior substrates, adhesives, setting, grouting, sealing and installation overview.

We design and create a 2-dimensional wall hanging or a garden paver. Possibilities include house numbers, small murals or nameplates. Experience with stained glass or mosaic making helpful but not required. Friday evening we begin with a lecture and picture presentation about exterior mosaics and prepare our substrates. Saturday & Sunday are full working days filled with countless conversations and tips about creating exterior mosaics. Sunday we will cover finishing techniques, a grout demonstration, friendly critique and Q & A. Works will not be grouted during workshop hours, students will be sent home with a grout kit and the knowledge and confidence for this final step on your own.

Learn about selecting substrates, materials and adhesives that will endure weather year round. Our adhesive is thin-set. Included in workshop supply fee is your wall hanging substrate, thin-set, grout and a GENEROUS selection of glass materials. If you have very specific color preferences please bring those materials. Feel free to contact instructor with any questions or concerns.

Students are asked to bring their own concrete paver, if that is your project choice, measuring one square foot (round or square, available from Home Depot, Lowes, garden center, etc.) Supply fee reduced by $10 if you select this option. Otherwise instructor will provide substrates measuring approximately 1 square foot of mosaic (some squares, some rectangles).  If student owns please provide your own glass cutting tools, scorer, pliers and mosaic wheel tool as well as tweezers, palette knife for spreading adhesive and an apron.  Instructor will bring patterns, although students are welcome to do their own designs.

Previous stained glass or mosaic experience helpful but not required. If you do not own glass cutting tools, scorer, pliers and mosaic wheel tool contact instructor and we will loan, do not go and buy!

Workshop Location: Oakton, VA. Will send address after sign up.

Please make note, the workshop begins Friday at 11am and wraps that day at 6pm. Hours set in an effort to avoid some of DC’s infamous rush hour traffic.

House number sample shown here by Bonnie Fitzgerald

Start On August 7, 2020
Duration 14.5 h
Level Any
Dates & Times August 7, 8 & 9, 2020 Fri: 11am-6pm, Sa, 10am-4pm, Su: 10am-noon
Supply Fee $65
Price $295.00

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