The Eyes Have It
The eyes are the window to the soul.
Creating the image of an eye in mosaic is the first step in understanding how to realistically interpret human anatomy required for successful portraiture work. By creating a larger eye (4-6”) you learn important lessons including to how to decipher bone structure, understanding light and dark, color, tone, value and much more.
Andamento and lay patterns inform you how individual tesserae are cut and placed. A significant portion of the workshop is dedicated to mastering these concepts. With this knowledge you will “see” the cuts and shapes you need and consequently know what colors are best for your interpretation.
Instructor will demonstrate tesserae cutting techniques and tricks.
Your mosaic will be created in the direct technique using stained glass and glass tiles. Grouting is optional, we will not grout during workshop hours, but you will be sent home with grout to do on your own if your piece will benefit from being grouted. This is a case by case determination.
Your finished art work will be approximately 8” x 10” for interior display.
Students are asked to email instructor an eye image (magazine or personal photo) in advance of workshop. Instructor will properly prepare your image for our workshop process and purpose. Students also bring a basic mosaic tools (wheeled nipper, tweezers, safety glasses).
Often the thought of mosaicking an eye is an obstacle for artists wanting to create a mosaic portrait. Yet when we create a mosaic portrait it is recommended we begin with the eyes. SO have at it and lets “see” what we come up with!
Weekend workshop, 10am-4pm both days.
Some mosaic or stained glass experience strongly recommended.
THIS WORKSHOP WILL BE HELD AT A THIRD PARTY RENTAL VENUE IN OAKTON, VA STUDIO SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURES AS BEST WE CAN, Students separated by plexiglass. ASKING ALL TO WEAR MASKS AS APPROPRIATE. Lunch brown-bag.
Exact address upon request, otherwise we will be in touch a few days prior to first class.
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.
LIMITED NUMBER OF STUDENTS. Not your imagination, this workshop moved from February date.
Double eyes by Cara Noland, created in a workshop with Carol Shelkin.
Singular Eye art work by student Lucy Levenson, all others by Bonnie Fitzgerald
All other samples by Bonnie Fitzgerald.