SOLD OUT – Exploring Abstract Color & Texture! with Kathy Thaden
Session 5: Thursday, May 14, 2020, 8:00am – 5:00pm
Price: $330 (includes $45 materials fee)
Inspiration can be found all around us… With focus on design elements such as Line, Pattern, Shape, Value, Texture, Space and more, you will explore ‘seeing’ an abstract composition by choosing from various images provided. By deconstructing your image into something new you will then nail down your abstract composition. Working in a limited color palette, you’ll delve into adding texture, depth, and dimension to create your monochromatic mosaic, including a splash of color for a possible focal point. Materials will include smalti, millefiori, miscellaneous glass, other random objects. Both Weldbond and thinset will be available for you to build your mosaic on the ½ Wedi board provided. This session will help you to stretch your creativity by using a limited color palette and 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 abstracts to liturgical art and commissioned works. Kathy has taught mosaics for the past 13 years, leading mosaic retreats and workshops across Colorado and the desert southwest. 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 she was drawn to contemporary mosaics 17 years ago, finding her way back to fine art. Kathy is the founder and former President of Colorado Mosaic Artists in addition to a Professional Member of the Society of American 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