The members of SAMA offer a wide variety of educational options in the United States and around the world. Mosaic enthusiasts of any ability or level of experience will find something of interest. Students should contact instructors directly for up-to-date course listings.
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FUNdamento (2-day): Through a fun, fast-paced combination of lecture/slideshow, discussion, drawing, and hands-on exercises, students will learn to execute six modern field andamenti: random circles (“Circlemento”), random squares/rectangles (“Squaretangular”), linear quadrangles (“Linear”), multidirectional quadrangles (“Alldamento”), radiating out from a curve (“Big Bangamento”), and undulating (“Accordionamento”). Additional topics discussed: choosing an appropriate field andamenti for a mosaic, fun with interstices, and adapting/inventing/customizing andamenti.
STRATA VARIOUS (2.5-day or 5-day): After building and rigging your own durable, lightweight 2D substrates, you’ll cut, shape, and test the unique textural properties of a variety of hard materials – both natural and manmade - using cement mortar as adhesive. As you're cutting and testing materials you’ll be learning to recognize and exploit ideal joins of angle, height, size, and shape for various visual effects, and creating sample boards for take-home reference. Finally, using the strata format (vertical or horizontal lines) as a compositional framework, you'll combine/juxtapose stone, glass, metal, ceramic, and other materials into a cohesive, visually pleasing, and topographically compelling mosaic.
GLASS ON MIRROR: COLOR, TEXTURE, BLING! (2-day): learn, through lecture, Q&A, demos, handouts and hands-on practice, how to combine high-relief opaque colored glass elements with textured clear glass into a mosaic on a mirror substrate to maximize light pass-through/reflection/refraction. In the process you’ll become familiar with use of a ringsaw to cut incursions into glass elements, learn to use two different types of adhesives (Lexel and Bohle 690-0 ultra-violet curing adhesive), and discover how to use SpectraLock epoxy grout with Dazzle metallic additive.
RADICAL DIMENSIONS (2.5-day): Through a fun, fast-paced combination of lecture/slideshow, cutting/setting demos, and lots of hands-on
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SAMA members who are enrolled at the Professional, Corporate, or Patron levels who wish to list their classes here can enter information in the Member Portal, “Website Forms” page.