Mexico 2020 Hacienda Mosaico
Architectural Installations, Exterior Mosaics & Community Projects
All skill levels are welcome. Mosaic experience is helpful but not necessary. The primary focus of this workshop is exterior and large-scale mosaics and installations.
This will be Maverick Mosaics’ 8th trip to the Hacienda Mosaico in beautiful Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. We’re honored and very excited to be invited back to teach at the amazing educational environment that is Hacienda Mosaico.
For new students this is the perfect opportunity to learn all about large scale mosaic work, installations and community mosaic projects. That being said, all students are welcome to CREATE THEIR OWN WORKSHOP and work on personal projects of any scale. Instructor will work with students one-on-one IN ADVANCE to ensure you arrive at the Hacienda with appropriate materials if you wish to work on a personal project.
Our workshop will guide you through the process of designing, fabricating and installing large-scale permanent mosaics for EXTERIOR or interior architectural settings. Each student is encouraged to create several “studies” using various indirect mosaic techniques and a wide variety of materials. These exercise “studies” are invaluable, offering students’ time to explore materials and techniques that work best for projects they have in mind. Students are welcome to take their study projects home for future reference. Additionally, you will gain experience in collaborative design, fabrication, and installation as a group by creating a large scale mosaic as a gift to the Hacienda.
Class presentations will cover both the creative aspects of large scale work and technical considerations. We will review design composition principles, color theory, andamento and lay patterns. Transfer techniques and important information about material selection and how best to choose appropriate substrates will be discussed along with site selection and appropriate adhesives. You will learn how to select and mix stronger, more flexible thin-set and grout, and learn tips to avoid substandard products that can lead to weak, crumbling outdoor mosaics. You will also gain the confidence to create professional permanent mosaics to withstand moisture, extreme weather and freeze-thaw cycles.
If you wish to create a personal mosaic, in lieu of studio studies, you must submit a design concept to instructor in advance so you can source your materials. Students are responsible for bringing their materials and the appropriate hand tools to cut their selected tesserae. For safe and cost effective transportation of your art work we suggest student designs not exceed 4 square feet. Workshop includes numerous hand-out materials and resource information.
There are daily, comprehensive presentations and lectures. Also covered are creative and technical approaches best suited for community work. When many hands are involved there is magic to the art created, but there are important planning steps to be considered. We will review the process of budgeting and bidding jobs, and share ideas for developing projects, recruiting and managing volunteers, and ways to gain the support of your local community.
For our gift to the Hacienda we will create a mosaic work in mixed materials and install the piece on Hacienda property. Everyone will gain valuable experience by participating in this hands-on project. Many images you see here are from past years of merry-making.
Students must bring mosaic hand tools (good quality wheeled nipper, glass scoring tool, running plier and a ceramic nipper.) If not brining materials for a personal project students are asked to make a donation of materials from their studio stash for exercises, approximately 2+ square feet. Your personal project takes priority. A detailed note with packing tips and workshop specifics will go to students in mid-November.
Workshop fee includes 5 days instruction, 6 nights of lodging, breakfast and lunch served poolside by the Hacienda’s personal chef, on workshop days. Unlimited use of studio 24/7. Additional nights must be arranged directly with the owner of the Hacienda and are not included in workshop fee.
About the Hacienda….it is a magical corner of the world. This walled garden hacienda with swimming pool and inviting common areas is artist owned and operated. Art abounds! The accommodations are excellent. Every room is uniquely decorated and comfortable. Meals are prepared poolside in an open air kitchen and every meal is a treat. The Hacienda is located in a family friendly residential neighborhood. A quick and inexpensive taxi ride gets you to the beaches and wonderful shopping, art galleries, restaurants and nightlife. Puerto Vallarta is a beautiful and friendly beach resort.
Learn more about this workshop and to learn more about the beautiful Hacienda Mosaico visit Hacienda Mosaico.
A note from the instructor: Truth be told I spent most of my time enjoying the Hacienda property and the company of my students. See for yourself, check out my video: click here
Fees for this workshop are handled by Maverick Mosaics, click here to sign-up, please be sure to review our cancellation policy. A $500 deposit secures your spot, with payment in full due December 1, 2019. A 3% discount extended for payment via check or money order for payment in full ($1,935.15, savings of $59.50)
Any questions or concerns feel free to drop instructor a note. PLEASE DO NOT PURCHASE YOUR AIRLINE TICKET UNTIL YOU CONNECT WITH US, CONFIRMING YOUR SPOT.
This workshop has sold out for the past 6 years! We are humbled and grateful.
A note about accommodations: ALL rooms are double occupancy and pricing is based on such. If you have a roommate request we are happy to accommodate. We can not guarantee a single room. Know all rooms are spacious and have en suite bathrooms. 9o% of our students are female. If you are the only male student, and we are sold out, we will house you at a neighboring property (a small, private apartment that shares a wall with the Hacienda). There is no additional charge for this space. You will have 24 hour access to the Hacienda property and studio, and have breakfast and dinner along with the other students.