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

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

 

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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:

Nov 2, Friday, Amsterdam, NL, Mandalay Mosaic Design


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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 a 12” x 9” 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:

Sept 22-23, Saturday-Sunday, Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art

Nov 3, Saturday, Amsterdam, NL, Mandalay Mosaic Design


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quick-release: Working in series

You’ll begin by rigging your substrate for hanging, then will design and build a series of three related abstract mosaics on that substrate, using the color/material palette of your choice. You’ll select one of several simple abstract designs suggested by the instructor (or quickly develop your own), map out your plan of action 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), 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:

Oct 26-28, Friday-Sunday, Brussels, BE, Art Mosaico


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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:

Aug 25-26, Saturday-Sunday, Seattle, WA, Seattle Mosaic Arts

Nov 4, Sunday, Amsterdam, NL, Mandalay Mosaic Design

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