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Precision Mosaic Jewellery
Date: Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd Sept
Class Length: 10 am – 4 pm
Skill Level: All Levels
Instructor: Margo Anton
Fee: €220 & €40 material fee
The ability to make mosaic jewelry is a fantastic skill that can result in many gifts and sales! Learn how to create high end, precisely laid mosaic jewelry in this two day workshop. The first day begins with a comprehensive lecture and slide show on jewelry base selection, adhesive choice, and suitable tesserae, followed by a examination of design for jewelry and how it differs from standard mosaic design. Precision cutting, the key to fine mosaic jewelry, will be discussed, demonstrated, and practiced. Jewelry laying techniques will be thoroughly covered, and students can expect lots of great tips! Class participants will receive lots of individual attention as they work on silver plate mosaic pendants using mosaic gold, smalti, filati, semiprecious stones, dichroic glass, and millefiori. On the second day, participants will hone their newfound skills in precision mosaic making while working on a more challenging second or even third project. A comprehensive handout will be provided, and participants should expect to depart with the knowledge and skills to create precision mosaic jewelry on their own. This workshop should particularly benefit participants of all levels who are wanting to learn to cut material more precisely, who want to add high end mosaic jewelry to their repertoire, or who are interested in learning to work in small scale mosaic.
About the Artist: Margo Anton has been working as a professional mosaic artist for over a decade, creating fine art mosaics, mosaic jewelry, and teaching classes. She has exhibited her texture focused art work in her native Canada, the USA, and Italy. When not creating mosaics, she shares her knowledge and love of the mosaic medium by teaching, from regular classes in Canada, to workshops in the USA, to artist residencies abroad. In 2009, she created the Mosaic a Day project, creating a small mosaic everyday; her exceptionally precise jewelry was one of the by-products of this enterprise.
Supply List: Wheeled nippers Protective eyewear Disposable gloves (2 pair) Magnifying eyewear if desired.
Wheeled nippers and protective eyewear will be provided for those who need them, please let us know in advance.
Bend, Fold and Undulate – making dimensional substrates
Date: Sat 9th Sept
Class Length: 10 am – 5 pm
Skill Level: All Levels
Instructor: Marian Shapiro
Fee: €110 & €20 materials fee
Want to move beyond the flat? In this practical, hands-on workshop you will discover how to make your own lightweight, dimensional, hand-formed substrates (mosaic bases) suitable for indoors or outdoors. The day kicks off with an inspirational presentation giving examples of Marian’s work plus that of students who have taken this course. Then, working with fiberglass mesh and cement-based adhesive, you will create two small (max 40 cm sq) wall-hanging substrates of your own design. The first is flat, folded, or undulating (or a combination of all three). The second substrate is hollow, such as a mask or torso, and is created by using sand to make a mould (sand-casting). Both these substrates are made in two stages, so you make the first stage during the workshop but need to complete it in your own time afterwards. Sufficient material will be provided to take away and finish the substrates started in class. Marian will demonstrate the finishing process and each student also gets a half-made substrate and finishes it off in class so that you feel fully confident to complete your own substrates at home. The aim of the class is to give you the knowledge and confidence to make your own substrates using Marian’s methods. The substrates made in class are small so that they are achievable during the class time and easy to take away afterwards. There is no actual mosaicking in this class. However, discussions of design concepts as well as issues to be taken into account when applying mosaic to a 3-D form are an integral part of the day. Participants are actively encouraged to ask questions. Full, illustrated course notes are provided. Although suitable for all levels, this workshop will particularly benefit those who wish to extend their mosaic practice by moving beyond the flat surface.
About the Artist: Australian artist Marian Shapiro is well known for her use of three-dimensional hand-formed cement substrates, often giving the illusion of flowing material. Originally trained in art and theatre in the UK, she became fascinated by the possibilities of the ancient art of mosaic and by the creative tension of using ancient techniques and traditional materials to make modern art. She has been a full-time working artist since 2003. Shown and collected nationally and internationally, she has been commissioned by many private clients in Australia, the UK, USA and Canada and has several public and commercial commissions in Sydney. Her work has also been featured in numerous books and magazines and on television. She is a sought after teacher and speaker.
Supply List: Essential -A pair of sharp scissors, An apron, or alternatively wear clothes that can get dirty but be aware that the materials we are using don’t wash out. A camera (phone is fine) A plastic container to mix adhesive – large takeaway food size or ice-cream container * A dust mask. Four pairs disposable gloves. A couple of cardboard tubes from the inside of foil, toilet rolls etc. Two boards or pieces of stiff cardboard about 40 x 40 cm sq (to support the work while being made) Optional – some soft mesh from the back of vitreous glass tiles if you have any. All other materials will be provided.
Putting it all Together – exploring andamento, colour theory and value
Class Length: 10 am – 5 pm
Skill Level: Intermediate
Instructor: Marian Shapiro & Margo Anton
Fee: €220 & €10 materials fee
It’s Good to Be Queen
Date: Sat 9th Dec
Class Length: 10 am – 2 pm
Skill Level: All Levels
Instructor: Jen Walls
This class is for all levels of painters. Students will create a layered mixed media piece using acrylic paint and collage materials.
About the Artist: Mixed-media artist and mark-maker Jen Walls is often inspired by mythology, folklore and stories of indigenous peoples. Self-taught, her art is the result of disciplined studio time, a regimen of exploratory and experimental projects and a good dose of magic. Her whimsical characters invite the viewer to explore the transformative nature of fairytales…entering the woods at night, conquering our fears and emerging on the other side as stronger, more compassionate versions of ourselves. Jen considers storytelling to be the primary finishing medium in art, and provides an introspective blog piece for each painting. Her workshops explore personal storytelling and archetypes in art, along with a bit of quirky whimsy. Her first collaborative book, Blue Wild, was published in 2016, and features paintings “illustrated” by the haiku poetry of kindred spirit and writer Mary W. Cox. An advocate for doodling in the classroom, the waiting room and the board room, she lives in Florida with her husband, son and assorted mischievous wildlife.
Supply List: All materials will be provided by the instructor.
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