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Creative and Textural Composition with Deb Aldo

Workshop Description


This workshop is for students who want to learn more powerful design and composition skills for use in their mosaic art. You will also learn ways to create texture that enhances the character of your mosaics and to analyze what you are drawn to in a particular work of art from an emotive and empirical observation.

The goal of this workshop is for you to learn how to observe your world both externally and internally. Find your significant sources of inspiration that in turn allow for the creation of your own signature textural (how the andamento is laid) and temporal (how you perceive it) andamento.

You will create a series of textural studies with varying surfaces such as spiked /smooth, bumpy/ wavy, radial, chaotic /calming. These dynamic and dimensional samples are a visual reference for use in future works.

We will “un-pack” a series of artworks by well known contemporary mosaic artists from around the globe. By examining their compositions you will get a sense of why and how the tesserae were used. Students are asked to submit via email an example of a work they want to explore. Instructor will need this image 2 weeks in advance to allow time to obtain permission from the artist.

Materials provided include ceramic, glass (vitreous, stained glass, dalles), stone and pebbles. Tesserae are adhered to cement board substrate with thinset. Each student will receive lots of individual attention and instruction will be provided to the group at large.

The last part of the class will be a group discussion and critique if requested. Students need to bring basic tool kit: nippers, long handled mosaic tweezers, palette knife for applying thinset and any other preferred tools such as dental picks or special nippers, camera, notebook and pen/pencil for notes, water to drink. Some mosaic experience required.

Supply fee includes everything you will need and Deb will truck the pebble selection from Connecticut! Lots of handouts, lecture and plenty of time for questions and answers. You will go home with two small scale works and the knowledge of how to replicate the process on your own.

About the Instructor: Deb specializes in pebble mosaics, landscape architecture and is constantly exploring new and exciting ways to express herself in mosaic. Her new signature Mandala workshop is a natural evolution of her work, combining pebble mosaics, up-cycled materials executed in traditional mosaic methods based on her formal art training. Deb has been teaching art for over 20 years and is a certified teaching artist in the state of Connecticut and a member of the New England Consortium of Artist-Educator Professionals. To see more of her beautiful work more visit Deb’s website

Workshop Location: Maverick Mosaics Private Home Studio, Oakton, VA

Workshop Details

Tuition: $175 • $35 separate Supply Fee

Workshop Date/Time:

ONE DAY ONLY Friday, June 24, 2016 DETAILS SOON