Recently I have been organising and running some mosaic workshops for adults. I thought I would add some more information for people to understand how the workshops are designed. What you will learn on the day. How to go about making your own mosaic masterpiece. There is no requirement to be able to draw and I supply some design ideas on the day.
The Concept behind the Workshops
My philosophy through all of my art is to create unique one off pieces. This has led me to experiment and sometimes push the boundaries of what is possible. I am happy to share my expertise and skills with others so that they can create their own masterpieces. In general people have their own style, so they do not copy and generally are not trying to replicate pieces that I have created. One of the wonderful things about teaching these workshops is that I am often inspired by the students ideas. By sharing what I do it can help me to keep my own ideas fresh.
The workshops are constructed to give some basic skills to participants and encourage them to create something unique to them. I will provide participants with ideas and some basic designs that work well. Then it is up to them to make their own mark on that design. I can guide choices and assist people to work out how to achieve the affect they are looking for. A variety of materials are provided at the workshops and these can vary from colourful ceramic tiles, to glass beads, buttons can be used, and shells. I have even had some participants bring slate to create their pieces on. People have also used driftwood and pebbles to create a very natural and earthy piece.
The skills you will gain
I can show people how to smash and cut tiles safely. How to use the shape of the broken tiles to add to their design. How grout will affect the overall picture at the end and how to maximise this to be a positive effect and enhance the original design. This is a proven model, with successful outcomes like the Mclaren Vale Mosaic Project. Other designs and examples of my work can be found here.
Here I have used more than one colour of grout to make different parts of the design stand out. I love working with tiles and creating many different effects. When I started mosaics I was told that mosaics are flat but they can easily be given a lot of texture and 3D effects. Like this spiny Echidna that has spines radiating above the surface to give him more life and character.
Feedback I have from people who have participated in my workshops are that they have had fun. Most people continue on to create more pieces, others have come just to have a fun day out with friends. Here are some photos of what was created by participants in my latest workshop in February.
The basis of my workshops is that the groups are small, so that I can give everyone plenty of time and help. That people learn how to safely work with these products. The design principles of mosaics, so how to make designs using flat colours. How grout will affect your overall design, how to make you design more defined and stand out. How to grout once you have finished gluing on all your pieces. Ways to make your art more individual, by working in 3D, by adding texture and the bold use of colours.
How to Book
The workshops are a great way to meet new people or to do an activity with a group of friends. I can structure workshops to individual needs. Exclusive workshops for an even smaller group or one on one, can also be arranged. If you would like to book into the next group workshop at Mclaren Vale I am taking bookings through Eventbrite or the link here. If you wish to book directly or have any other queries, you can contact me here. I can arrange payment by direct debit for you if required. Prices start from $75.00 for a 4 hour group workshop and this includes some base materials.