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|Online workshop - Mosaic Arts Online
|Any time - in your own space, at our own pace.
In this online course, award winning mosaic artist Gila Rayberg shares her unique style and methods for creating picassiette portraits. She breaks down the process from beginning to end and demonstrates by using all types of broken china, crockery, pottery, and other found objects. She shares all of her tips and tricks while completing a picassiette portrait throughout this course.
Gila starts by explaining what the best choice is for choosing a reference photo, and what to look for to get the best results. She then demonstrates how to transfer the design to the substrate and shows how to easily paint on a grey scale of values and highlights. This method makes it easier to choose the right colors of the tesserae (materials).
Gila also gives students a “virtual tour” of all the different plates, cups, and other materials she had to choose from at the Mosaic Arts Online headquarters. After choosing the materials Gila returns to the studio ready to teach her techniques for creating these incredible and unique picassiette portraits. Gila demonstrates how to work with different levels and thicknesses of materials, and how to leave the proper amount of space for grout lines which create the outline of the images. There is even close-up detailed footage for creating eyes using stained glass.
Never before has Gila shared her process from start to finish on film. This course has over three and a half hours of footage from an “over-hands” perspective. Gila completes her portrait and leaves nothing to mystery as she answers all of your questions while she works.
After Gila has walked through the mosaic process, she shares how she chooses her grout color and demonstrates how she uses grout to complete her portraits.
Once you have completed this course you will be able to continue creating picassiette portraits of humans or animals over and over again.
|Where ever you are
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.