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BOSTON SAMA: "Methods” to making it great! Installation and fabrication processes and techniques.

Workshop Description

This workshop is being taught exclusively at the Society of American Mosiac Artists Conference, Boston (SAMA). One day only, Thursday, March 15, 2018

There are a variety of established methods of installation and fabrication of mosaics, and this one-day workshop is designed to provide participants with hands-on experience and the necessary knowledge to choose the best method for any given mosaic project. Upon completion of this workshop, participants should feel confident in choosing and using these methods for their own mosaic work.

Students are provided step-by-step hands on experience in three indirect fabrication processes: mesh method, face taping and reverse on paper. Installation techniques, site preparation and design modifications for large-scale work are all demonstrated or discussed.

Lecture, Q&A, and visual presentations will be interspersed throughout the day as students work on small studies in the 3 indirect techniques. In-depth discussion of what materials are best suited for a given location, environment and design, and the best fabrication method for that design, location and environment are also covered.

Students will mix and use thin-set mortar as the adhesive for their studies and extensive product information will be shared. Along with instructional handouts and resource lists, each students’ completed artwork studies are take-home’s for studio reference or for prototype samples. We will work with a variety of materials including ceramic, glass and smalti.

This is an opportunity to gain a strong understanding of design, fabrication and installation techniques for architectural and large-scale mosaic work. Students will bring a mosaic tool kit to include a good quality wheeled nipper, with a detailed tool list from the instructors to be provided 2 weeks in advance.

Thursday, March 15, 2018, 8am - 5pm, with a one hour lunch break

This workshop will be team-taught. Bonnie Fitzgerald and Andrea Shreve Taylor have been recognized as dynamic, fun and personable instructors who collaborate beautifully in the classroom. With over 30 years combined experience they bring an extensive knowledge base and expertise in a broad range of mosaic materials and techniques. Bonnie and Andrea excel at providing participants with ample one-on-one instruction, as well as dynamic group facilitation.


Workshop Details

Tuition $350, includes supply fee. Note fee is set by SAMA

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Workshop Date/Time:

Thursday, March 15, 2018, 8am - 5pm, with a one hour lunch break