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Art from a Broken Dish

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8 WEEK COURSE, THESE CLASES ARE VERY POPULAR, SIGN UP EARLY!  Two offerings, day and evening.

CLASS START DATE MAY BE IMPACTED BY GOVERNMENT SHUT-DOWN. IF YOU ARE SIGNED UP THE SMITHSONIAN WILL CONTAT YOU DIRECTLY. SORRY, OUT OF MY HANDS! Bonnie

Mosaics in the Pique Assiette Tradition

Pique assiette is French for “plate thief,” a person who is a scrounger or sponger. In art, term refers to the recycled or “scrounged” nature of the materials used in a form of mosaics: old or broken plates, ceramic figurines, costume jewelry, and assorted found objects. A folk art method that is centuries old, the mosaic technique is also popularly known as trencadís (literally “chopped”), and was revived in early 20th century Catalan modernism, notably by Antoni Gaudí.

In this workshop, students create beautiful and unique mosaic art inspired by the pique assiette tradition. The hands-on sessions cover materials; nipping, cutting, and proper tool use; effective design methods; grouting; and tips and tricks to create an artistic treasure from forgotten or damaged items. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn how to resurrect a chipped or damaged family heirloom by giving it a new life as a work of art.

No previous mosaic experience is necessary. All levels are welcome.

A supply fee of $65 is payable to the instructor at the first session, and includes a generous assortment of materials needed to complete your artwork including adhesives, grout, a wide variety of mosaic material, as well as tool loan during class time. Students are encouraged to bring items from home, be it a broken platter, buttons, toys, or knickknacks they would like to include in their art.

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

This is an 8 week course, Tuesdays, January 29 – March 19, 2019. 

Day class 1pm – 3:30pm, evening 6:30pm – 9pm

photo The Apology by Barbara Suplita (detail)

Start On January 29, 2019
Duration 8 weeks
Level Any
Location Smithsonian Institution’s Ripley Center
Washington, DC
Hours 1:30pm - 3:00pm OR 6:30pm - 9:00pm
8 Sessions same class day & evening
Supply Fee $65
8 sessions Members $245, Non-members $295
Price $245.00

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