Mexico Hacienda Mosaico, February 2023
Exterior Mosaics & Architectural Installations
All skill levels are welcome. Mosaic experience is not necessary. The primary focus is exterior and large-scale mosaic art. Students arrive Sunday, February 12, depart Saturday, February 18, 2023.
$500 deposit reserves your spot. Drop us a note for mailing instructions if you wish to make a deposit via check. To use your credit card go to workshop description for February deposit. We also accept Venmo: @Bonnie-Fitzgerald-3
This will be Maverick Mosaics’ 9th 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 exterior mosaic work and home installations. That being said, all students are welcome to CREATE THEIR OWN WORKSHOP and work on personal projects of any scale. The 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 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 the 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 artwork, we suggest student designs not exceed 4 square feet. The workshop includes numerous hand-out materials and resource information.
There are daily, comprehensive presentations and lectures.
During the week Bonnie will create a mosaic work in mixed materials and install on the Hacienda property. Everyone is invited to participate in this project and all will gain valuable experience. 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 bringing 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. Unlimited use of studio 24/7. Airfare is not included, students make their own air travel arrangements.
COMMUTER OPTION: for a very LIMITED number we accept students who do not need sleeping accommodations. If you are interested in this option drop Bonnie an email to confirm availability. [email protected]
About the Hacienda….it is a magical corner of the world. This walled garden hacienda with a 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, 2022. A 3% discount extended for payment via check or money order for payment in full at time of sign up ($2,012.75, savings of $62.25)
Any questions or concerns feel free to drop the instructor a note. This workshop has sold out for the past 8 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.
Additional nights inquiries must be requested directly to the Hacienda owner, Sandra Leonard: [email protected]
COVID UPDATE: At this writing, a negative Covid test IS NOT REQUIRED to enter Mexico. There are no requirements to re-enter the USA. It is impossible to say where we will be come 2023. For details published to date: https://mx.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information-for-u-s-citizens-in-mexico/ You MUST be Covid vaccinated to attend any in person workshop with Bonnie Fitzgerald.
REFUND AND CANCEL POLICY FOR HACIENDA MOSAICO WORKSHOP: 90 days notice or more refunded 100% of your payment to date, less a $100 admin fee. 89-45 days notice of cancellation 100% of your payment less $250 admin fee. Less than 45 days NO REFUNDS. NO EXCEPTIONS. We urge you to purchase trip insurance.
Thank you for your interest, this is our most popular travel workshop.
Note USA citizens, check your passport expiration date before committing to a trip! It may take as long as 10-14 weeks to get a renewed passport, replacement even longer!