Bend Fold and Undulate – Lightweight Dimensional Hand-Formed Substrates with Marian Shapiro
Session 24A: Wednesday, May 13, 2020
8:00am – 5:00pm
Session 24B: Thursday, May 14, 2020
8:00am – 5:00pm
Price: $355 (Includes $30 Materials Fee)
Australian mosaic artist Marian Shapiro is well known for her use of three-dimensional, hand-formed substrates, often giving the illusion of flowing material. Join her in this practical, fun, hands-on session and discover how to make your own lightweight, dimensional, hand-formed substrates suitable for indoors or outdoors. The day begins with an inspirational presentation, giving examples of Marian’s work using this method plus that of students who have taken this course. Then, working with fiberglass mesh and thinset, you create two wall-hanging substrates of your own design. The first is flat, folded, or undulating – or a combination of all three. The second substrate is hollow, for instance a mask or torso, and is created by using sand to make a mold (sand-casting). Both these substrates are made in two stages. You make the first stage during the workshop but complete them in your own time afterwards. All the materials you need to take away and finish your class projects are supplied. As well as seeing Marian demonstrate the finishing steps you get hands-on experience in class. You will get a half-made substrate to complete during the session with Marian’s input and advice, so that you have the skills and confidence to finish off your own class projects when you get them home. There is no actual mosaicking in this class but extensive discussion of design concepts, as well as issues to be taken into account when applying mosaic to a 3-D form are an integral part of the day. The course focuses on process and at the end of the day you will have one small finished substrate complete with hanging hardware, two substrates of your own design to finish at home, plus a thorough understanding of the methods taught and have the confidence to experiment with the technique and make it your own. Marian believes strongly that people learn best by doing and her teaching style is highly participative. The class is kept small to give students individual attention and students are actively encouraged to ask questions. Full, illustrated course notes are provided to take away. This session is suitable for all levels but will particularly benefit those who wish to extend their artistic practice by moving beyond the flat surface. Mesh, thinset and everything you need to make your substrates will be provided as part of the materials fee. Students will be asked to bring a camera, an apron, and a pair of scissors to class. Marian will email participants beforehand to give them detailed information about the day.
Adopted Australian, Marian Shapiro has been working full time in mosaic since becoming obsessed by the art form in 2003. She is fond of a visual pun and is probably best known for her dimensional works which give the illusion of flowing material. Her artwork is shown and collected nationally and internationally. Marian has been teaching mosaics since 2008 and is widely sought after as a teacher and speaker both in Australia and abroad. Her teaching style is highly participative, and she works with small groups to ensure that all participants benefit fully. Students gain practical, usable skills and techniques that they can develop after the course and integrate into their own practice. Presentations give inspiration and information and full written notes accompany each workshop. dariandesign.com.au