Mosaicking Real Fast (before Flippin’ Unglued) with John Sollinger
Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 8:00am – 5:00pm AND Wednesday, June 29, 2022, 8:00am – 5:00pm
Price: $470 (includes $60 Materials Fee)
(Registration opens Apr 9, 2022 at 12 noon EST)
Join Solly as he challenges students to work outside their comfort zones, using his signature double reverse technique and apparent disregard for traditional andamento (way of positioning glass pieces to create flow with lines). Create an ungrouted glass-on-glass mosaic wall-hanging for indoor display, using an 8 x 10 inch Skeewbacker board with hanging hardware. Class will begin with a discussion about Solly’s techniques and thought processes for creating realistic mosaics, such as choosing and digitally altering images to be rendered, selecting glass based on value and context, cutting and laying glass, and checking your progress using your phone camera and grayscale.
Before beginning to mosaic, students will analyze the image for design elements, such as lines, shapes and values, and principles, such as contrast, balance and symmetry. During construction Solly will strive to help develop each student’s personal expression and style by giving advice and voicing personal opinions but encouraging students to please themselves. As time permits, Solly will discuss framing options and layering for texture, ease of construction and corrections, but framing and layering will happen at home.
Materials for Participants to Bring
- Double-wheeled glass cutters
- safety glasses
- Glass scorer and plyers (optional)
- Camera (pho camera is perfect)
Materials Instructor to Provide
- Stained glass
John Sollinger, or “Solly,” is an artist and educator who is based in Ashland, Oregon, USA. With apparent chaos he produces mosaic wall hangings that portray realistic illusions of pristine nature when viewed from a distance. His techniques were developed in isolation, and his visual vocabulary was sculpted by intensive study and teaching of biology. Solly has earned major awards in international, mosaic and all-media competitions. He presents at mosaic conferences and offers workshops at home and overseas. In the USA his mosaics have been featured in popular press, coffee-table books, trade journals, art magazines and advertisements for art organizations and competitions. johnsollinger.com