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Introduction to Smalti

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This is an 8 week class, Tuesdays, 6:30 pm to 9 pm, April 16 – June 4, 2019. These classes fill up quickly, sign ups now happening!

Smalti is a traditional enameled-glass mosaic material with highly reflective qualities and a wide range of colors. Made from molten glass poured into flat slabs, cooled, and cut into individual pieces, smalti has been used for more than a thousand years throughout the world to produce beautiful mosaic artwork.

The course begins with a brief history of the material and a presentation of examples of both ancient and modern smalti artworks. Exercises introduce students to the nuances of working with this special material, which can produce many visual effects through different ways of cutting and laying. Differences and similarities among Mexican, European, and Asian smalti are discussed. Over the 8 weeks, each student makes a 10″ x 10″ mosaic of their own.

Some mosaic experience is helpful, although not required; returning students who wish to work on advanced projects are welcome. The instructor provides substrates, adhesives, and smalti for exercises in the first class.

Please download supply list for additional details available from Smithsonian site.

A $45 supply fee is payable to instructor at first class, covering smalti for class exercises, substrate for exercises and student project, design supplies, and adhesives. Students provide smalti for their individual project.

Students are asked to bring their mosaic wheel tool, if you do not own one drop us a note and we will loan. Also bring a good quality long tip tweezers

Gallery Photos are examples of works created in Smalti, some small personal works as well as Byzantine masterpieces.

Workshop Location:

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


Start On April 16, 2019
Duration 20 H
Level Any
Hours 6:30 pm - 9 pm
Supply Fee $45
Price $245.00

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