WORKSHOPS ON VIDEO

These are workshops I no longer teach in person. All the same info, but at your own pace in your own space.

 
 

WORKSHOPS IN PERSON

I travel! Contact me to book in your area.

All my workshops are geared to engage and challenge students at any level of mosaic proficiency. No prerequisites required.


Four full days of local sites, local talent, local materials (Bedrock glass!), and creative immersion in a spacious, bright, comfortable, 5-bedroom Airbnb. Come for just the workshop or add lodging so you can roll out of bed and into the studio each morning and work late into the night on your project(s).

Four full days of local sites, local talent, local materials (Bedrock glass!), and creative immersion in a spacious, bright, comfortable, 5-bedroom Airbnb. Come for just the workshop or add lodging so you can roll out of bed and into the studio each morning and work late into the night on your project(s).

ABSTRACT mOFO* SEATTLE:
A SKILLBUILDING MAKE-CATION

If you’ve been looking for a concentrated opportunity to advance your understanding of abstract mosaic design/construction using unique materials and adventurous techniques, this is the workshop for you. You’ll have time to design/build at least one if not more abstract mosaic(s) start to finish, with an inspiring array of materials at your disposal (special concentration on the one-of-a-kind recycled glass of Bedrock Industries - get a taste in the photo at left - but also other glass, ceramic, crockery, stone, porcelain, wire, epoxy putty, and more!). We’ll start with an intro to abstract design principles, cut/prep your substrate, choose your material palette, process your materials, then build the mofo directly into pigmented mortars, maximizing height differentials. I’ll work one-on-one with each student on the way, and we’ll get an extra dose of inspiration with a show/tell visit by Seattle abstract mosaic artist extraordinaire Kate Jessup. Instruction will be via slide show, handouts, demos, discussion, exercises, hands-on building, one-on-one guidance, and critique.

*MO(saic)FO(cus)

DATES: May 9-12, Thursday-Sunday

WORKSHOP: $500/person
4-day Abstract MoFo Workshop (includes lunches, snacks, beverages, visit to Bedrock Industries, evening presentation by Kate Jessup, possible local studio visits): $500

LODGING: $300/person
Four nights (8, 9, 10, 11 May), queen bed, double queen room, four breakfasts, evening studio hours, transportation from/to train station (extra nights available before/after workshop, not including breakfast/studio; ask for rate)

DINNER EXCURSION to Marination Ma Kai (ferry ride, dinner, spectacular views of Seattle skyline): $50

Email kelley@rivenworks.com to register.
Limited capacity, so book now! 50% down holds your spot; balance due by 15 April.


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MAKE YOUR MOSAIC MARK!
YOUR SIGNATURE AND OTHER MOTIFS

In this fun, information-packed workshop you'll learn and apply principles of shape, value, contrast and readability to the making of several small mosaics that capture your personality and style. You'll design your own signature block or logo as well as several other related motifs, and will gain an understanding of how motifs can enliven and unite mosaic design and composition. In addition, learn how you can invent a unique andamento with the motifs you design! Instruction will be via slide show, handouts, demos, discussion, exercises, hands-on building, one-on-one guidance, and critique.

NEXT SESSIONS:

Jan 12-13, Saturday-Sunday, Edmonton, AB, Canada, erinepankratz@gmail.com

Apr 13-14, Saturday-Sunday, Oakland, CA, Studio 9

Apr 25, Thursday (full day), Nashville, TN, Society of American Mosaic Artists Annual Conference

Contact me at kelley@rivenworks.com to book in your area.


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FUNdamento: Shape + direction = flow

Andamento is the order and arrangement of the pieces (tesserae) in a mosaic, and is essential to how a mosaic will “read” to the viewer. Through a fun, fast-paced combination of lecture, slideshow, discussion, drawing, and hands-on practice, students will learn to execute three modern field andamenti:

One-day session:

  • random circles (“Circlemento”),

  • random squares/rectangles (“Squaretangular”),

  • linear quadrangles (“Linear”)

Two-day session:

  • random circles (“Circlemento”),

  • random squares/rectangles (“Squaretangular”),

  • linear quadrangles (“Linear”)

  • working out from a curve ("Big Bangamento")

  • nearly triangles ("Accordionamento")

Students will gain understanding and proficiency by discussing and then drawing each andamento and creating a 6” x 6” paper (one-day) or hard material (two-day) mosaic in their choice of one of the given andamenti. Additional topics discussed: choosing an appropriate field andamenti for a mosaic, fun with interstices, and adapting/inventing/customizing andamenti.

NEXT SESSIONS:

Jan 26, Saturday, Seattle, WA, Seattle Mosaic Arts

Mar 15, Friday, Orlando, FL, Luna Mosaic Arts

Contact me at kelley@rivenworks.com to book in your area.


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MINd the gap: space as a mosaic design elemenT      

There are many approaches to incorporating open space into mosaic design. Through slides, demos, and discussion, this workshop introduces you to at least six of them. For hands-on practice, you’ll choose an approach and execute at least one space-centric mosaic.

It’s because mosaic is so dense that incorporating space can be so effective. Dense areas appear denser, and the void space(s) deeper, calmer. Like juxtaposing two complementary colors: density and space enliven each other like no other combination can.

NEXT SESSIONS:

March 30-31, Saturday-Sunday, Long Beach, CA, Dawn Mendelson Mosaics

Contact me at kelley@rivenworks.com to book in your area.


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quick-release: Working in series

Objective 1: To learn to make creative decisions quickly
Objective 2: To develop an idea over three artworks.

How we’ll get there: You’ll select one of many simple abstract designs provided (or quickly develop your own), map your plan of action out on paper, then execute that design in three different mosaic treatments (changing the andamento, the materials, the colors, etc.). In this process you’ll learn to free yourself up, trust your instincts (and the process), stop overthinking choices (keep moving forward), develop a narrative, avoid the paralysis of too many ideas/materials (set some constraints), and how make one material look like several. You’ll learn design and composition tips that will make your work more interesting and cohesive, and watch your design sense and technique develop and refine. And of course along the way you’ll be actively learning about cutting, setting, and using mortar as both an adhesive and a design element.

NEXT SESSIONS:

Mar 2-3, Saturday-Sunday, Seattle, WA, Seattle Mosaic Arts

Contact me at kelley@rivenworks.com to book in your area.


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KICKassiette: blowing the lid off crockery mosaic

Picassiette* is the process of transforming crockery and found objects into mosaic. What makes crockery so tempting and ideal for mosaic is not only its availability, ease of cutting, and varied glazes, but its unique curvatures, bumps and protrusions that translate to gorgeous dimensionality in tesserae.

In this technique-rich, hands-on workshop, Kelley ramps picassiette up an innovative notch with her unusual methods of cutting/setting not only the flat surfaces of plates and other ceramic ware, but the lips, feet, rims, handles, lids, spouts, and more, including the exposing/tinting of the inner clay body. Students will learn cutting tools and techniques; setting in mortar to maximize sculptural/dimensional possibilities; building a cohesive color/material palette, and composing with crockery’s challenging curves and bumps.

*Thought to be derived from the French slang “piquer” (to steal) + “assiette” (plate).

NEXT SESSIONS:

Mar 16-17, Saturday-Sunday, Orlando, FL, Luna Mosaic Arts

Contact me at kelley@rivenworks.com to book in your area.

WHAT STUDENTS SAY:

" I just finished one of Kelley's classes. Not only was it fun, but it was fast paced, centered on learning new skills and incredibly inspirational. I could look at her work all day. She has opened my eyes to a whole new relationship with materials."   --Nancy Bowen-Pope

"Thank you for the terrific workshop in Philadelphia. I learned so much and had a great time. I was so stimulated by what I learned that I started two mosaic "sketches" with tesserae that I have been collecting for years. Soon I will begin making the substrates and putting into action all that I learned!" —Miriam Sushman

"I really enjoyed the class,  and I appreciate how much time you obviously put into preparing for it.  I also appreciate your generosity in sharing your knowledge.   I thought my head might explode from all the info!  I was a little concerned that I wouldn't remember much, but then I saw what a great job you did of recapping in your handouts." —Patty Rushing

"The workshop was excellent! My head is about to burst with ideas how to use all the techniques I learned." —Arline Radice