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MEXICO: Architectural Installations, Exterior Mosaics & Community Projects (January, 2019)

Workshop Description

January 13 - January 18, 2019 This workshop has sold out by mid-summer for the past 3 years, commit early!


This will be Maverick Mosaics’ 7th trip to the Hacienda Mosaico in beautiful Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. We’re honored and very excited to be invited back to teach at the amazing educational environment that is Hacienda Mosaico.

For new students this is the perfect opportunity to learn all about large scale mosaic work, installations and community mosaic projects. That being said, all students are welcome to CREATE THEIR OWN WORKSHOP and work on personal projects of any scale. Instructor will work with students one-on-one IN ADVANCE to ensure you arrive at the Hacienda with appropriate materials if you wish to work on a personal project.

Our workshop will guide you through the process of designing, fabricating and installing large-scale permanent mosaics for EXTERIOR or interior architectural settings. Each student is encouraged to create several "studies" using various indirect mosaic techniques and a wide variety of materials. These exercise “studies” are invaluable, offering students’ time to explore materials and techniques that work best for projects they have in mind. Students are welcome to take their study projects home for future reference. Additionally, you will gain experience in collaborative design, fabrication, and installation as a group by creating an architectural mosaic as a gift to the Hacienda.

Class presentations will cover both the creative aspects of large scale work and technical considerations. We will review design composition principles, color theory, andamento and lay patterns. Transfer techniques and important information about material selection and how best to choose appropriate substrates will be discussed along with site selection and appropriate adhesives. You will learn how to select and mix stronger, more flexible thin-set and grout, and learn tips to avoid substandard products that can lead to weak, crumbling outdoor mosaics. You will also gain the confidence to create professional permanent mosaics to withstand moisture, extreme weather and freeze-thaw cycles.

If you wish to create a personal mosaic to take home you must submit a design concept to instructor in advance so materials can be sourced. Students are responsible for bringing their materials and the appropriate hand tools to cut their selected tesserae. Workshop includes numerous hand-out materials and resource information.

A comprehensive presentation and lecture will cover creative and technical approaches best suited for community work. When many hands are involved there is magic to the art created, but there are important planning steps to be considered. We will review the process of budgeting and bidding jobs, and share ideas for developing projects, recruiting and managing volunteers, and ways to gain the support of your local community. Students interested in exploring techniques to create a community based project will participate in a series of exercises to help master the appropriate method for their future projects.

For our gift to the Hacienda we will create a mosaic work in mixed materials and install the piece on Hacienda property using thin-set mortar. Everyone will gain valuable experience by participating in this hands-on project.

For your personal project you may choose to work in any material. Bonnie will work with you IN ADVANCE so you can source and secure materials. For safe and cost effective transportation of your art work we suggest student designs not exceed 4 square feet.

All levels welcome. Mosaic experience helpful but not necessary!

Students must bring mosaic hand tools (good quality wheeled nipper, glass scoring tool, running plier and a ceramic nipper.) If not brining materials for a personal project students are asked to make a donation of materials from their studio stash for exercises, approximately 2+ square feet. Your personal project takes priority. A detailed note with packing tips and workshop specifics will go to students in mid-November.

The "Three Amigos" mosaic above was created and installed during our 2015 workshop. They are each 3 feet tall and will serenade you poolside at the Hacienda where they are permanently installed. TO SEE LOTS OF PHOTOS CLICK PHOTOS TAB ABOVE.

About the is a magical corner of the world. This walled garden hacienda with swimming pool and inviting common areas is artist owned and operated. Art abounds! The accommodations are excellent. Every room is uniquely decorated and comfortable. Meals are prepared poolside in an open air kitchen and every meal is a treat. The Hacienda is located in a family friendly residential neighborhood. A quick and inexpensive taxi ride gets you to the beaches and wonderful shopping, art galleries, restaurants and nightlife. Puerto Vallarta is a beautiful and friendly beach resort.

Learn more about this workshop and to learn more about the beautiful Hacienda Mosaico visit Hacienda Mosaico.

A note from the instructor: Truth be told I spent most of my time enjoying the Hacienda property and the company of my students. See for yourself, check out my video: click here

Any questions or concerns feel free to drop instructor a note.

Workshop Details

2019 Workshop Fee: $1,990

Workshop fee includes 5 days instruction, 6 nights of lodging, breakfast and lunch served poolside by the Hacienda’s personal chef, on workshop days. Unlimited use of studio 24/7. Instructor will provide appropriate adhesives and a wide variety of mosaic materials. Students are asked to contribute a small amount of materials for exercises and must bring their own mosaic hand tools.

A $500 deposit is required to reserve your spot. Maverick Mosaics is accepting payment for this workshop, via credit card, bank wire or check. A 3% discount is extended for cash or check payment WHEN PAYMENT MADE IN FULL AT THE TIME OF RESERVATION. Contact instructor for details.

To make deposit or payment in full using your credit card go to Shopping Cart tab above.

Receipt of deposit payment confirms your spot. Balance Due 45 days in advance, DECEMBER 1, 2018.

REFUND POLICY FOR THIS WORKSHOP: 90 days notice or more refunded 100% of your payment to date, less a $100 admin fee. 89-45 days notice of cancellation 100% of your payment less $200 admin fee. Less than 45 days you will be refunded 50% of your payment to date. Less than 30 days NO REFUNDS. NO EXCEPTIONS.

We URGE you to purchase Trip Insurance.

Workshop Date/Time:

Students invited to a welcome reception on Sunday evening, January 13. There will be tons of learning and lots of free time to explore Puerto Vallarta, shop or relax. Every evening optional instructor supervised open studio after dinner. Students depart Saturday, January 20