Abstract Color & Texture! with Kathy Thaden
Session 14: Thursday, April 25, 2019, 8:00am – 5:00pm
Price: $330 (Includes $45 Materials Fee)
Get in the mosaic ACT – Abstract, Color & Texture! Inspiration can be found all around us… Explore ‘seeing’ an abstract composition by choosing from some images provided, then deconstructing your image into something new. After nailing down an abstract design you’ll delve into adding texture, depth and dimension to create your choice of either an 8” x 10” or 9″ x 9″ monochromatic mosaic. You will choose from pre-bagged assortments of tesserae in a single hue, consisting of smalti, miscellaneous glass, other random and found objects. Both Welbond and thinset will be available for you to build your mosaic on the ½ Wedi board provided. This session should particularly benefit those who want to explore a limited color palette and work in the abstract while responding to a variety of materials to give voice and texture to your design. Experience with cutting smalti, glass and porcelain is helpful but not necessary.
A full-time studio artist, Kathy Thaden’s mosaics range from abstract sculpture and landscapes to liturgical art and commissioned works. Kathy has taught mosaics for the past 11 years, seven years at Ghost Ranch in northern New Mexico and leads retreats and workshops across Colorado and Utah.
Kathy’s study of fine arts and a degree in Commercial Art led her to a 25-year career in television art direction. She won numerous honors for graphic design, animation, and set design, including seven Emmy Awards. Seeking something more tactile, Kathy’s creativity for the past 16 years has flowed through contemporary mosaic art. A Professional Member of the Society of American Mosaic Artists and the Episcopal Church & Visual Arts, Kathy is the founder and former President of Colorado Mosaic Artists.
“As a mosaic artist, I treasure glass and stone scraps or discarded items from our ‘throw-away’ consumer culture. It is important to me that nothing be wasted, finding beauty in what was once broken.” ThadenMosaics.com
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