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Cathleen Newsham
Creating Architectural Mosaics
Luna Mosaics
February 10 & 11, 2018

Skill Level: All levels

Febuary 10-11, 2018
Saturday - Sunday
Hours: 10am - 5pm with a lunch break

So you landed your first mural project! Congratulations! Now what?

Taking on a large mural installation can be a scary prospect. You want to do a good job, make a profit and please the client, but how do you go about it? All the questions can keep you up at night! How do I accurately measure the space for the mosaic? How do I present my designs to the client? How do I estimate my labor and materials? Do I need to hire people to help me? Do I use mesh or tile tape for the fabrication or do I adhere the mosaic directly to the wall? What type of adhesive and grout should I use? Should I install the mosaic myself or hire an installer? Do I need to rent a scaffold or lift for the installation? Do I need to buy a business insurance policy? The bigger the project, the more daunting it all seems!

In this two day workshop, Newsham will try to calm your nerves by showing you her tried and true techniques and sharing her experiences from 17 years of mosaic mural creation. Detailing the initial process of pricing, presenting and designing, as well as sourcing, fabrication and installing, she will reveal her secrets to a successful mosaic installation. You will get an inside look at how a mural is made and how to turn your love of mosaic into a business that can be profitable and fun.

This is a professional development workshop, so you will not be completing a mosaic. You will take home two small ungrouted test mosaics that will allow you to try the techniques we will be discussing, enabling you to feel confident in your abilities before starting a project of your own.



“I have taken an Architectural Mosaic workshop with Cathleen Newsham over the past weekend, through Mosaic Oasis in Arlington MA. Cathleen provided a wealth of practical, applied knowledge from how to price out a potential job, to seeking out clientele, to mosaic installation that is durable in the New England climate. I feel very equipped to take on an architectural installation job since taking the workshop. Thank you, Cathleen!”
Cassie Doyon

“I took the class and really loved it, Cathleen is so knowledgeable about the topic and has an endless amount of experience! It was so great to be hearing about supplies, vendors and more that actually work and we can feel confident using. Thanks Cathleen, I have a meeting with the staff at the spiritual center next week about their outside mosaic and feel so much more confident about the project!”
Cheryl Cohen

“Thank you for taking the time this weekend to share all you have learned about large mosaic installations. I feel inspired and it was all very helpful to me. And thank you for the amazing notebook chocked full of so much great info!”
Carol Krentzman

“I really enjoyed meeting you and taking your class this past weekend. I learned great tips that are relevant to my current project. Thank you for your advice on my installation!”
Michael J. Ferreira

"I definitely enjoyed the workshop and was impressed with your ability to turn your passion into a viable career for yourself. More specifically, it clearly takes a lot of thought and organization to put together a workshop that is more than just a showcase of your work, but that thoroughly answers the practical questions that up and coming mosaic artists struggle with. You hardly missed a thing. As evidenced by the comments of attendees leaving the workshop, you gave many of us more confidence to pursue both personal and professional projects."
Kristie Nagpal

"I've been feeling grateful all week that I was able to participate in the Architectural Mosaics workshop. You're a great teacher. I didn't expect to gain as much as I did in terms of practical methods and better understanding of materials. I got all my supplies yesterday, and will be using it with my fifth graders for our outdoor project!"
Jess Regelson

United States
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