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Handmade and Dimensional Substrates

Workshop Description

This workshop is taught by Bonnie Fitzgerald at The Vienna Art Center, 115 Pleasant St., NW Vienna, VA

Looking for ways to bring new dimension and movement to your work? Handmade substrates give your work a personal touch. This class is focused on the substrate not the mosaic. You will learn techniques to build layers, make undulations, and to create substrates from the most mundane of materials. This is an opportunity to add a sense of dynamism to your 2-D artwork.

During the workshop you will experiment with several techniques and small-scale projects while learning to shape foam, bend metal mesh and explore new ways of using thin set that will expand your work in new and unique directions. You will work on multiple methods simultaneously. Many of the techniques shared are extremely cost effective approaches and materials readily available form hardware stores.

A discussion on judging how much material you need for your substrate and how to apply the tesserae to your surface will help you move forward with confidence. Day one is lots of construction and overnight your work will "cure.” The next day we continue experimenting , and engineer hanging hardware to our works. We will also discuss other framing options.

All materials will be provided and power tools loaned by Maverick Mosaics. Students asked to bring a collection of palette knives and spatulas, a detailed supplemental hand-tool list will go out to all students several days in advance.

On Saturday, immediately following workshop will be a Maverick Study Group, an opportunity for you to begin a mosaic on your new substrate! Separate sign up please.


Workshop Details

Tuition: $155 includes materials


Workshop Date/Time:

Friday, November 10 and Saturday, November 11

Friday 1:00 - 4:00 pm, Saturday 9:30 - 12:30