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Contemporary Mosaics: Dimensional Landscapes

Workshop Description

8 WEEK COURSE. Sign ups begin August 1, 2017

This course will be held at the Smithsonian Institution's Rippley Center, Washington, DC and is taught by Maverick Mosaics Owner, Bonnie Fitzgerald.

Create a stylized representational mosaic landscape filled with texture and dimension as you explore a range of compositional techniques including working with perspective, foreground and background effects, and light and shadow. The selection of unique, varied materials includes smalti, stained glass, milleflori, shells, pebbles, and found objects. Students explore various textures and color combinations, and discover tips to transition between materials.

Inspirational images are provided, but students may bring their own image to interpret with the instructor’s approval 2 weeks in advance. A $65 supply fee, payable to the instructor at the first class, includes substrate, a generous selection of tesserae, and adhesives (a colored thin-set is the primary adhesive). Students are welcome to bring supplemental mosaic materials.

Previous mosaic or stained glass is experience helpful, but not required. Returning students may work independently during this session on pieces of their choice.

Returning students may work independently during this session on works of their choice. A detailed supply list, including recommended hand tools, downloadable from the SI website.

photo: "Monet's Lilly Pond" by Bonnie Fitzgerald created in a workshop with instructor Laura Rendlen. Laura creates the most amazing landscape compositions, and is known as a master of this subject matter. She is the inspiration for this workshop. Visit her website to view her breathtaking portfolio and for her workshop dates throughout the country. Laura lives in the Kansas City, KS (USA) area. Laura Rendlen Fine Art Mosaics

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Workshop Details

Tuition $245 member, $295 general admission. A supply fee of $65 payable to instructor the at the first class. Supply fee covers MOST mosaic materials students will need to complete a project. Students are welcome to bring supplemental materials, but not required. Tool loan provided, although students urged to purchase their own glass cutting tools if they wish to work on projects at home.

This course is held in association with the Smithsonian Institution. To register IT IS EASIEST TO DO BY TELEPHONE: 202-633-3030. Or click here for link.


Workshop Date/Time:

Tuesday afternoons, October 10 - December 5, 2017. 1:00pm - 3:30pm. No class November 21.