Both Sessions of this Course Are Currently SOLD OUT. Waitlist seats will come available during General Registration, January 15, 2019.
Portraiture – Picassiette/Mixed Materials with Gila Rayberg
Session 9A: Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 8:00am – 5:00pm
Session 9B: Thursday, April 25, 2019, 8:00am – 5:00pm
Price: $330 (Includes $20 Materials Fee)
In this workshop, I will share what I have learned about creating mosaic portraits. There will be an emphasis on pique assiette, with demonstrations and slide presentations on incorporating dishes and pottery into mosaics. I will demonstrate the usage of various hand tools to cut & shape dishes, cups, bowls & other pique assiette materials. Following the demonstrations, students will have the opportunity to begin a mosaics, using the tips I’ve given on using these materials to add texture & interest to their chosen subject.
After some group exercises, each participant will receive individual attention & guidance, while working on their own portrait (or any other desired subject). Understanding that everyone works at a different pace, students are not expected to finish their mosaic within the one day workshop, though some may do so. I will discuss with each participant, various options for continuing to work on unfinished pieces at home.
By the end of the workshop, students will have gained a good understanding of the process of cutting pique assiette materials, choosing a subject, understanding value, laying materials of varied thicknesses, creating a likeness, and learning to see materials in a different way. This session should particularly benefit those who wish to be challenged to see differently, step outside their comfort zone, play & experiment.
** Part of the joy of pique assiette comes from the collecting of materials. Students are encouraged to bring some of their own unique finds (dishes, pottery, teacups, etc) to incorporate into and personalize their works. Thrift stores & yard sales finds are perfect, as is clearing out cabinets of chipped, cracked dishes, and those broken bits that you can’t bear to throw away, but would love to incorporate into your art!
If you can bringing extra to share, it ensures that there will be unique and surprising selections for all.
What to Bring:
- A sketchbook, pen or pencil
- Minimum of 3 pique assiette items (plate, bowl, saucer, teacup, mug, etc)
- Wheeled nippers
- Tweezers & pallet knife (optional)
- An old bath towel (optional)
Gila Rayberg arrived at the visual arts after a successful career as a freelance musician and educator. Allowing her strong sense of intuition and love of
experimentation to guide her, Gila has developed a unique voice in the realm of mosaic portraiture. Gila exhibits regularly throughout the United States and has
won numerous awards for her uniquely expressive portraits. In the summer of 2018, Gila was one of nine artists, from seven countries, invited to participate in the 3rd Contemporary Mosaic Art Symposium in Ploaghe Sardinia, under the direction of Maestro Giulio Menossi. Gila travels throughout the US, and internationally, giving workshops and sharing her passion for mosaic portraiture. Her artwork has been published in numerous art books and is collected worldwide. gilamosaics.com
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