Animal Portraiture in Mosaic Art with Andrea Shreve Taylor
Session 28: Thursday, April 25, 2019, 8:00am – 5:00pm
Price: $345(Includes $50 Materials Fee)
Animals are a popular mosaic portraiture subject matter and this is your chance to work with an artist with a particular passion and talent for this art form. In this workshop, which is a condensed version of one that Andrea has taught over the years, you will learn the process to create a portrait of your special companion animal or a close-up portrait of another non-companion animal if you so desire. You will learn the techniques to capture the spirit and personality of your beloved pet or selected animal in the mosaic medium. We will explore both direct and indirect methods of creating a portrait. Andrea will share her extensive experience creating the animal in mosaic and guide you in developing your own skills through a combination of lecture, Q&A, and independent hands-on creativity. You will learn about color and shading, lay patterns and andamento, opera, composition and other aspects of design. You will also learn how to use the appropriate tools and materials during this workshop and will experience creating your own animal portrait using art glass, adhesives, and substrates suitable for interior display. Participants will work with their own photos that will be approved by the instructor for suitability prior to the workshop. You may leave with a completed (ungrouted) project, dependent upon your individual working speed, or you will be provided with enough glass to complete your project later on your own. You may choose to do a more stylized portrait, which is a speedier process or begin work on a more realistic representation. This session should particularly benefit those who already have some experience and comfort in making mosaics using stained (art) glass and using basic glass cutting tools, and who wish to honor a companion animal through their artwork, or to broaden their skills in representational mosaic art.
Andrea Shreve Taylor has been a mosaic artist since 2000, and her mosaic art spans large-scale architectural murals to sculptures and jewelry, but her specialty is animal mosaic portraiture. Her award-winning work has been shown nationally and is collected internationally. Her mosaic pet portraits have graced the cover of SAMA’s Groutline publication and are in mosaic books that are available worldwide. Her primary professional experience outside of the art world is in media and technical instruction, conducting adult training programs since 1994 and teaching mosaic art since 2004. At last count, she has taught well over 1,000 adult students and countless children in various topics on the art of mosaic. Andrea is a past Executive Board member and Education Committee Chair of SAMA. She has served as Director of Education and Curriculum Development for Maverick Mosaics Art School and Studio. Andrea Is the former owner of Lark and Magpie Art Gallery and Studio. taylormosaics.com
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