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Introduction to Exterior Mosaics

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This is weekend intensive course held at Bonnie’s home studio in Oakton, VA, limited to 4 students.

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 we begin with a lecture and picture presentation about exterior mosaics, do our design work, prepare our substrates and materials. 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.

A separate supply fee of $75 is due at the start of the workshop and covers everything you will need to complete your project including substrate, stained glass, glass tiles and other enhancements, tool loan, adhesive, grout, design tools. If you have very specific color preferences please bring those materials. Feel free to contact instructor with any questions or concerns.

Note our adhesive will be thin-set mortar. A detailed note will go to students one week in advance from instructor with additional information and details how to best prepare.

This workshop is suited for anyone new to mosaics or folks wishing to take their work to a new level.  Students can expect a great deal of personal instruction and guidance and no question will go unanswered!

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 Hours: Friday & Saturday, February 12 & 13, 2021, 10 am – 5 pm both days. Sunday, February 14, 10am – noon. Note, depending on student schedules workshop hours may be amended. Two long days and one short morning allows students to fully complete projects including grouting.

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COVID-19 cancellations. If you are signed up for an in person workshop and suspect you were exposed or are showing symptoms we DO NOT WANT YOU TO COME TO THE WORKSHOP! We will refund your payment 100% with a doctor’s note or proof of being tested. Please DO NOT come to the workshop if you are at all suspicious you may be infected.

This is a very popular workshop!

photo: House number sample shown here by Bonnie Fitzgerald, Heart stepping stone by Julie McKee


Start On February 12, 2021
Duration 16.5 h
Level Any
Dates February 12, 13 & 14, 2021
Hours Friday & Saturday 10 am -5 pm, both days, Sunday 10 am - noonish
Supply Fee $75
Price $295.00

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