In this hands on workshop, participants will create a mosaic art piece using the Direct Method and in the process learn:
1.) a brief history of the medium and techniques of mosaics in general with a focus on applications to Glass on Glass mosaics in particular.
2.) design considerations and parameters for Glass on Glass mosaics including basic color theory, shapes of tesserae, traditional opus, and andamento with a focus on how the various types of glass (colored, transparent, semi-transparent, opaque, iridescent, etc.) are affected by the various qualities of light, including direct, indirect and back lighting, reflection, refraction, wavelenght, etc.
3.) evaluation and preparation of substrate and materials
4.) discussion of various adhesives and glues
5.) instruction and practice in using cutting tools and safety practices in the mosaic studio
6.) information about, and practical application of, grouts
7.) options for finishing touches such as sealing, framing and hanging for display
Supplies provided for use in the studio during classes include: Glues and adhesives; grout in basic colors (white, charcoal and brown); safety equipment (goggles, masks and gloves); cutting tools; limited assortment of stained glass scrap and other materials for making tesserae; 8" x 10" clear glass pane or various sizes of recycled, round pyrex microwave dish for substrate (or students may provide their own suitable substrate, such as small glass candle dish, small glass vase or small mirror) please contact me to discuss. Participants are encouraged to bring any stained glass scraps, textured glass bits, or other assorted glass, beads, glass gems, etc., they might want to use, (or have available to give to someone else to use!) in their mosaic project.
Please dress in comfortable work clothes (fun mosaics can be messy!). If you are participating in a Weekend Intensive Workshop, lunch and tea will be provided to you by Hearty's
Dates and times to be announced. If you are interested in a class, please contact me as I keep a running list and put together classes to accommodate student's schedules whenever possible.