TEACHING 2020


Tuesday Mosaics at the Blue Mountains Creative Arts Centre, Cnr Hare and Moore Sts Glenbrook 

Afternoon session 3 - 6.  Evening session 6.30-9.30 

Mosaics for Term 1 2020 start on Tuesday 4 February and run for 7 weeks.  Online enrollment open a few weeks before at https://www.bmcac.org.au/   This fun and practical class is suitable for students of all levels.  If you've always wanted to learn to mosaic or wish to improve your existing skills, come and join us and make a mosaic for home or garden.


Working with Smalti - Small Group Private Workshops Glenbrook NSW 

March 14/15 and 8/9 August 2020 9.30-5 pm both days

I am offering two more Working with Smalti workshops in my home studio in Glenbrook, NSW. These are intermediate level workshops and aimed at people with previous mosaic experience who want to try out a new material or or develop their smalti skills. No previous knowledge of smalti is required.  

I will share my extensive knowledge of using this beautiful and traditional material and you work towards a 25 x 25 cm artwork suitable for interior or exterior to your own design. My art is on the walls, the studio overlooks the bush and there is walk-in access to the Smalti Australia store next door to my studio. Minimum of three people. Maximum of four people.

I supply substrates, hanging hardware, adhesives and oxides. You will need to either bring your own smalti or buy it from Smalti Australia at a 10% discount once you are here.

Wheeled nippers are fine but I will also have two hammers and hardies available for the group, or you can bring your own hammer and desktop hardie if you want to use them.

Total cost of $360 includes substrates, adhesives and colourants, morning and afternoon tea and a light lunch both days. Glenbrook is a lovely little village on the Blue Mountains train line and there are Airbnb properties available both in the village and nearby. We are happy to pick up people from Glenbrook station or from accommodation within about a 10-15 minute drive from Glenbrook. There is a $100 non refundable deposit. If you have any questions, email me or ring me on 0404 850157

Bookings: 14/15 March 2020 - book HERE  8/9 August 2020 book HERE


Brisbane 2020 hosted by Catherine Conaty

Understanding Values
When: Friday 20 March 2020, 9am-5pm
Where: Carina Heights, Brisbane
Cost: Early bird price – book and pay in full by 1 Feb 2020. $170 (inc GST) + $25 materials fee payable on the day
After 1 Feb $210 (inc GST) plus $25 materials fee payable on the day
A non-refundable deposit of $70 secures your place
Who: Intermediate

Booking: To register, click HERE

Value, (how light or dark something is) is an important concept in art. Particularly in mosaic, the correct use of values can contribute enormously to the “readability” of a piece. Using a mix of theory and practical exercises, this workshop gives you an understanding of the concept of value and the tools to use it effectively in your work. We look at basic colour theory and how it applies to mosaic and focus specifically on value. You will learn how to make a smooth transition from one colour to another, and we’ll also look at how values work when grouting a project – addressing the vexed question of “what colour will I grout it”? In the afternoon you will make a small mosaic to a concentrating on value Full course notes, substrates, adhesives and use of tools provided.

Understanding Andamento
When: Saturday 21-22 March 2020, 9am-5pm both days
Where: Carina Heights, Brisbane
Cost: Early bird price – book and pay in full by 1 Feb 2020. $300 (inc GST) + $30 materials fee payable on the day
After 1 Feb $360 (inc GST) plus $30 materials fee payable on the day
A non-refundable deposit of $100 secures your place
Who: Intermediate

Booking: To register, click HERE

Want to take your work to the next level? This workshop gives you a theoretical and practical understanding of the visual grammar of mosaics by looking at both traditional and modern andamento (flow) and opus (laying patterns). On day one, discover how to cut and lay your tesserae to best enhance your work. There’ll be an in depth look at cutting and laying curves and circles and we’ll tackle the tricky triangle issue.

The first day is theoretical and consists of presentations and exercises on and with paper. No drawing skills needed. At the end of the day one, you will apply what you've learned to a mosaic of your own design. On day two, you'll put it into practice by making that mosaic. Full course notes, substrates, adhesives and use of tools provided, but you will need to bring your own mosaic materials for day two. Some stained glass and china will be available for purchase.


Canberra 2020 at Kim Grant Mosaics

Understanding Andamento

Saturday 4 - Sunday 5 April 2020, 9am-5pm both days

Cost: $285+ $50 materials fee

Want to take your work to the next level? This workshop gives you a theoretical and practical understanding of the visual grammar of mosaics by looking at both traditional and modern andamento (flow) and opus (laying patterns). On day one, discover how to cut and lay your tesserae to best enhance your work. There’ll be an in depth look at cutting and laying curves and circles and we’ll tackle the tricky triangle issue.

The first day is theoretical and consists of presentations and exercises on and with paper. No drawing skills needed. At the end of the day one, you will apply what you've learned to a mosaic of your own design. On day two, you'll put it into practice by making that mosaic. Full course notes and exercises provided.

At the end of day one, you will apply what you've learned to a mosaic of your own design.  On day two, you'll put it into practice by making that mosaic.

Intermediate/Advanced - for those with mosaic experience but wish to improve their knowledge of the fundamental principles of classical andamento to make their own work more harmonious to the eye.  Information and bookings at Kim Grant's website HERE


Also coming up in 2020

My teaching schedule for next year is firming up and currently includes:

February Introduction to Mosaics at Australian Stained Glass, Camperdown, Sydney.  Watch this space

March Beliana Mosaics in Gembrook, Vic.  6-8 March 2020, topics TBC

April Understanding Andamento at Jane Silk's studio in Adelaide 18-19 April 2020

Watch this space


Travelling to Teach 

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Book me for a Workshop or Presentation
I have extensive teaching and speaking experience and am happy to travel. In the last year or so I have taught workshops in the USA, Canada, UK, New Zealand, Perth, Canberra and Sydney and had several speaking engagements.  If you are interested in hosting a workshop, please contact me.  A booklet of course outlines in electronic form is available on request.
 
 Presentations or workshops on working with smalti are available in conjunction with Smalti Australia.
 
 
 
 
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