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Catching Eyes with Watercolor and Glass with Carole Choucair Oueijan

Workshop Description

Workshop Location: Vienna Art Center, 115 Pleasant Street, NW, Vienna, VA

Learn 2 different mediums to create amazing catching mosaic eyes. We use watercolor to intrepret in paint and then translate our painted eyes into mosaic. Materials include smalti and other high-end glass materials and we utilize Carole's proven preferred method of fabrication: the Byzantine Indirect Technique

We will start our project by a quick drawing/stencil of the eyes. We then will start learning about watercolor and prepare our canvas. Even if you have never painted, this exercise will be very helpful for future projects. If you don’t like the finishing of your watercolor you will have an alternative image of eyes on another canvas to mosaic. Some practices on watercolor papers will be done previous to final painting. Keep an open mind!

In the afternoon of our first day, we will learn and practice the Byzantine Indirect Technique using smalti and other kinds of glass. The tool of choice: a double wheeled nipper (LePonitt best.) We will work with honey paste as our adhesive and the recipe will be shared. This is temporary glue that we will use to adhere all our tesserae in the reverse method.

We will study the colors on each of the eyes, and as each piece will be unique, every student will draw his or her own andamento to help make adding the right colors in the right place easier. These are important learning steps and will take your work to a new level. Carole will demonstrate tesserae cutting techniques and tricks, starting with smalti. We will use wheeled nippers with all of our different glass materials .

On the 2nd and 3rd days we will continue working on our mosaic, which will be quite detailed and sophisticated.

The morning of the 4th day we will cast the mosaics. After a group lunch and lots of inspired conversation, we unveil the projects one by one. Clean up and touch ups will follow. Grouting will be optional, although recommended for outdoor installation.

Several slide shows will be presented throughout the weekend.

Tools and materials supplied by instructor:

Canvas, honey paste, images of eyes/design, watercolors paint, brushes, substrate (Wedi), adhesives, thin set, mixing tools, smalti, variety of glass and natural stones.

Tools and materials supplied by students:

Safety glasses, Double wheeled nippers (LePonitt best, pleas DO NOT PURCHASE from Mishael's or Home Depot), Tweezers, Apron, pencil, fine marker pen and a small note book. If you are traveling via air we will loan you a LePonitt tool

If you wish to provide your own image of the eyes/design, you must send at least 3 examples to the instructor for selection and approval, at least 2 weeks prior to the class.

About the Instructor: Carole Choucair Oueijan, is a fine artist whose work in mosaic, watercolor, oil painting and mixed media, have won international honors. Her art training includes completion of Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Institut National Des Beaux Arts, Lebanon, a Diploma in Interior Design and a specialization in the Byzantine Mosaic Technique in Greece. Her mosaics have a decidedly “painterly” effect that blends realism with abstract seamlessly. Her artwork is exhibited across the US, Lebanon, Italy and Canada. She is the winner of three public art projects in the city of Santa Cruz, at their historical board walk, the City Hall building in Temecula, and on five locations in the City of Temple City CA. Her breathtaking "Temple City Today" panels were awarded Best Site Specific work, 2017 Mosaic Arts International. To learn more about her work at

This is Carole's second trip to Maverick Mosaics and we are thrilled to have her returning. Space is LIMITED and her workshop fill quickly! Please read our visiting artist cancellation policy.

Workshop Details

Tuition: $555, $100 separate supply fee which INCLUDES all materials: smalti, stone, substrate, adhesives, etc.


Workshop Date/Time:

This is a 4 day workshop. Friday, through Monday, October 6, 7, 8 & 9, 2017. Friday 11 am - 6 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm, Monday 10am to 3pm