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Contemporary Mosaics: Mixed Media Compositions

Workshop Description

8 WEEK COURSE, the Smithsonian classes are VERY POPULAR, sign up early!

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

Explore the creative interplay of the ancient art of mosaics and contemporary abstract design as you’re guided through the process of creating an ungrouted mixed-media mosaic, from initial design and preparation of materials to fabrication and finishing.

After an overview of mosaics recognized as contemporary masterworks, students are introduced to traditional mosaic materials (marble and smalti). They create a piece that also incorporates a variety of natural objects (shells, pebbles, and stone) in combination with handmade ceramics, broken china, glass tiles, and other materials of their choice.

The workshop also covers mosaic design principles, lay patterns (andamento), tesserae technique, and color theory.

Students provide an anchor element for their mosaic and supplemental materials from their own collections. Other shared materials are available. A list of additional supplies and tools may be downloaded from the Smithsonian website.

This is a wonderfully spontaneous and freeing approach to mosaic creation. Works are not grouted.

Workshop Details

Tuition $245 member, $295 general admission. A supply fee of $65 payable to instructor the at the first class.

Supply fee covers substrate, adhesive, mesh, patterns and a generous selection of unglazed porcelain tiles. Projects approximately 1 square foot of mosaic. A separate supply list of tools and supplemental materials options downloadable from SI website. Tool loan provided, although students urged to purchase their own mosaic 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:

Tuesdays, April 24 - June 12, 2018, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm, 8 classes.