From Concept to Completion: Exploring the Creative Process with Dianne Sonnenberg
Session 6: Thursday, May 14, 2020, 8:00am – 5:00pm
Price: $370 (includes $75 materials fee)
Do you want to become comfortable creating your own original designs? Do you yearn to find your voice as an artist and convey your unique point of view? Do you need a fresh start? How do you take a vague concept and create a meaningful work of mosaic art? In this workshop, Dianne will guide you through the creative process, and help you discover your inspiration, style, and passion. You will discover your innate ability to find your vision and trust your imagination. This session should particularly benefit those who want to create original work, discover and/or develop their individual styles, and grow as artists. Participants will gain tools to facilitate their ability to BE creative and original. We will address overcoming fear, identifying limits and/or what holds you back, and techniques to move beyond these barriers. Many of us have trouble finishing a mosaic when we become “stuck”. We will explore ways to figure out why this happens, and what to do about it! Through a series of exercises, discussions, slideshows, and hands-on projects, we will learn techniques to develop our artistic skills, move beyond the things that stop and hinder us, and find (and/or develop) our own unique voices as individual mosaic artists. Participants will go home with several small 4”x4” mosaics (created as exercises) a sketchbook full of ideas, notes and inspiration, and a workbook to guide you through your continuing artistic development. This workshop will be challenging, but also supportive and inspiring. You may find yourself going beyond your comfort zone, but you will find that the more energy you can devote to the concepts you learn, the more value you will get out of it, exponentially! The process and goals will be different for each of us, but when we are on the journey together, it can often yield more powerful and unexpected results. Included in the materials fee, Dianne will provide all tesserae (including mixed media, smalti, 24K gold, and millefiori), adhesives, substrates, workshop supplies, and a workbook to take home. Participants should bring the following: wheeled nippers, tools you typically work with (tweezers, palette knife, dental picks, etc.) and a small sketch book or note pad.
Dianne Sonnenberg is an internationally recognized mosaic artist based in Austin, TX and Ontario, Canada. She has an extensive background with client commissions, community projects, exhibitions, large-scale works, and original mosaic design work. Her artwork has won numerous awards, including Best Architectural Mosaic at the 2010 MAI Exhibition in Chicago, IL. Dianne has donated mosaics that have raised over $350,000 for charity fundraisers. In 2017, Dianne was one of nine artists selected to participate in the prestigious Clauiano Mosaic Symposium in Clauiano, Italy. She will draw on her experience with the symposium, where she created an original, monumental work of art in just two weeks. Dianne is the Artistic Director of The Austin School of Mosaic Art, and a faculty member at The Contemporary Austin Art School. Her knowledge, experience, and warm supportive teaching style has made her a sought-after instructor across the US and Canada. DianneSonnenberg.com