TEACHING 2019


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 Term 4 mosaics start on Tuesday 22 October.

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.

$190 for the term, plus $35 materials fee payable at the first class.  Plus BMCAC membership (if not already a member) for the rest of the year year $25.

7 x 3 hour sessions starting 22 October.  No class on 26th October.  Online enrolment is usally open a few weeks before.


Small Group Working with Smalti Workshops - Glenbrook NSW

Weekend 1: 13/14 July 2019.  9.30 - 5 pm both days.  $350.  Sold out

Weekend 2 : 26/27 October 2019.  9.30 - 5 pm both days.  $350. Sold out Waitlist available Book HERE

I am offering two Working with Smalti workshops in my home studio in Glenbrook, NSW. I will share my extensive knowledge of using this beautiful and traditional material and you will 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 will 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. This is an intermediate level workshop and aimed at people with previous mosaic experience who want to try out a new material or or develop their smalti skills. 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 $350 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 deposit for both workshops. If you have any questions, email me or ring me on 0404 850157


Teaching in Gembrook, Vic, November 2019

I will be teaching three one-day workshops at Beliana Mosaics in Gembrook Victoria.  Pick one, two, or all three!

Reverse/Indirect Method - Friday 1st November 9 am - 5 pm

Discover the what, how, why and when of the reverse/indirect method, the traditional way to get a flat surface in mosaics.  You will make two small sample mosaics using variations of the method and gain an understanding of when and why to work indirectly. This is a technical course concentrating on the method and not aimed at producing an original creative artwork. Full course notes and exercises provided.

Intermediate - aimed at students with some mosaic experience who wish to learn a different method of fabrication.
Cost -  see below plus $25 materials fee

Understanding Andamento - Saturday 2nd November 9 am - 5 pm

Want to take your work to the next level?  This workshop gives you an understanding of the visual grammar of mosaics by looking at both traditional and modern andamento (flow) and opus (laying patterns). Discover how to cut and lay your tesserae to best enhance your work.  This course is theoretical and consists of presentations and exercises on and with paper. No drawing skills needed. There is no actual mosaic making in this course but you will leave with a practical understanding of the grammar of mosaics and the effects that can be achieved. Full course notes and exercises provided.

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.
Cost -  see below plus $10 materials fee

Understanding Values - Sunday 3rd November 9 am - 5 pm

Value, (how light or dark something is) is an important concept in art. Particularly in mosaic, the correct use of values can make or break your work. Using a mix of theory and practical exercises, you will gain an understanding of the concept of value and the tools to use it effectively in your own mosaic work. We also cover basic colour theory, colour gradation and choosing grout colours. This is a mainly theoretical course, the mosaic making is to produce samples rather than creative pieces. Full course notes and exercises provided.

Intermediate/Advanced - Suitable for those who have been working in mosaic for a while and would like to take their work to a new level.
Cost -  see below plus $30 materials fee

Costs: Early bird rates.  Book by 27th September.  $140 per day or $400 if you book all three workshops. Plus materials fee as detailed above. Non refundable deposit of $70 per day secures your place.  Payment in full by 27th September.

After 27th September:  $180 per day or $500 if you book all three workshops. Plus materials fee as detailed above. Non refundable deposit of $70 per day secures your place.  Payment in full by 25th October.

For more information and bookings see Belinda's website HERE  or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Travelling to Teach 

I have a booklet of available workshops.  If you would like me to come and teach for you, either in Australia and abroad, please contact me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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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