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Go with the Flow: Dimensional Waterscapes with Laura Rendlen

Workshop Description

Laura Rendlen returns with a NEW landscape workshop premiering at Maverick Mosaics. Students will discover a range of mosaic techniques to create the many aspects and properties of water in nature. This workshop will explore the flow of water and how to best depict in mosaic using sculptural tricks and a wide variety of materials. By focusing on the subject of water you will learn layering techniques, use of different andamento (flow) to form your ‘waterscape’ and the nuances of the materials. The selection of materials will be unique, varied and wide. Maverick Mosaics will provide several power and hand tools to help process your materials efficiently.

Laura will share a Power Point presentation with examples of water in several art forms to help students understand how to “see” the reflective qualities of water in nature (painting, sculpture and mosaic). There will be demonstrations illustrating how to construct a waterfall in the mosaic medium and each student creates their own small waterfall using glass. You will gain invaluable insights with this exercise.

A larger project will introduce students to the landscape in combination with water. Students will pick one of 4 layouts for their waterscape provided by Laura. From there, we will delve into creating a 3-dimensional substrate. We will explore various methods and different materials for making a bas relief background within a framed panel. We will review the direct method and the many ways to create texture, color combinations, and how to recognize and form relationships with mixed materials within a mosaic. You will choose your own color scheme and materials from the myriad of supplies provided for this class. There will be discussions about color, light, movement and reflection, as well as individual attention throughout the workshop.

On Sunday Laura will spend personal time with each student for friendly critique and direction to either complete their project or how to proceed with their next project.

This is an intermediate / advanced class and students are required to bring their own wheel tool, ceramic nipper or Monothlith. A hammer and hardie will be available for shared use, as will a table top wetsaw. Included in your supply fee are substrates, adhesives, colorants, and a buffet of materials from pebbles to shells to beads and doo dads. Students are welcome to bring additional materials to their liking.

Instructor Background: Laura Rendlen’s aesthetic and style for mosaic art is representational. She creates environments that capture the essence of a place. Through vivid color and soft expression she conveys the intangibles in nature, particularly wind, light and movement. Her most recent works have been studies of water and waterscapes.

Laura Rendlen earned her BFA in Sculpture from Kansas City Art Institute and spent 25 years as a scenic painter. Laura has been published in several books, blogs and magazines including Mosaic Fine Art Portraits and Mosaic Art Now magazine. She has also been included four times in the Mosaic Arts International exhibition, and in 2012 she received the prestigious MAI Jurors’ Choice award.


Workshop Details

Workshop Fee: $450 • Supply Fee: $50


Workshop Date/Time:

Extended Weekend Workshop, September 18, 19 & 20, Friday through Sunday

10 am – 5 pm all days with one hour lunch break

Back by popular demand. This will be Laura's third time at Maverick Mosaics, her 2013 & 14 workshops were a huge successes.

This workshop will be held at the Vienna Art Center, 115 Pleasant Street, NW, Vienna, VA

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