Creating Architectural Mosaics (2-day) with Cathleen Newsham


Skill Level: All levels


Febuary 10-11, 2018

Saturday - Sunday

Hours: 10am - 4pm with a lunch break

minimum # of students: Minimum has been reached. This workshop will not be canceled.


If you love mosaics and are ready to tackle installations but don’t know where to start, this is the workshop for you! Taking on an architectural mosaic project can be a scary prospect! In this two day workshop, Cathleen Newsham, founder of Modern Mosaic Arts, will try to calm your nerves by showing you her tried and true techniques and sharing her experiences from 18 years of architectural mosaic creation.


This workshop should particularly benefit those who want to learn the skills needed to successfully bid on, fabricate and install any size architectural mosaic that will be construction grade. Architectural mosaics are a great way to grow your mosaic business and can be profitable if you go about it correctly. If you underbid a project, measure incorrectly, or choose the wrong materials it can be a nightmare! In this workshop, Cathleen Newsham, owner of Modern Mosaic Arts, Inc. will share her 18 years of experience in the mosaic business so you can sleep peacefully!


Half of this workshop will consist of a Keynote presentation that will feature Newsham's architectural projects; she will share details about her bidding process, invoicing, client correspondence, design and approval phases, fabrication techniques and installation details. The other half of the workshop, (which will be interspersed with the Keynote presentation), students will be creating 4"x4" test mosaics that will allow them to try the various fabrication techniques we will be discussing, (paper-faced, mesh, tile tape and direct method), enabling students to feel confident in their abilities before starting an architectural project of their own. Students will also receive a take home workbook detailing how to construct and write a bid, see examples of client correspondence and invoices, descriptions of materials, tools and supplies needed, (including their cost and where to purchase). Cathleen will also discuss how she finds clients and how you can market yourself to obtain your own architectural work. Questions are encouraged throughout the workshop but there will also be a 1/2 hour at the end of each day to discuss any project that students are currently working on and would like Newsham's advice.






“I have taken an Architectural Mosaic workshop with Cathleen Newsham over the past weekend, through Mosaic Oasis in Arlington MA. Cathleen provided a wealth of practical, applied knowledge from how to price out a potential job, to seeking out clientele, to mosaic installation that is durable in the New England climate. I feel very equipped to take on an architectural installation job since taking the workshop. Thank you, Cathleen!”

Cassie Doyon


“I took the class and really loved it, Cathleen is so knowledgeable about the topic and has an endless amount of experience! It was so great to be hearing about supplies, vendors and more that actually work and we can feel confident using. Thanks Cathleen, I have a meeting with the staff at the spiritual center next week about their outside mosaic and feel so much more confident about the project!”

Cheryl Cohen


“Thank you for taking the time this weekend to share all you have learned about large mosaic installations. I feel inspired and it was all very helpful to me. And thank you for the amazing notebook chocked full of so much great info!”

Carol Krentzman


“I really enjoyed meeting you and taking your class this past weekend. I learned great tips that are relevant to my current project. Thank you for your advice on my installation!”

Michael J. Ferreira


"I definitely enjoyed the workshop and was impressed with your ability to turn your passion into a viable career for yourself. More specifically, it clearly takes a lot of thought and organization to put together a workshop that is more than just a showcase of your work, but that thoroughly answers the practical questions that up and coming mosaic artists struggle with. You hardly missed a thing. As evidenced by the comments of attendees leaving the workshop, you gave many of us more confidence to pursue both personal and professional projects."

Kristie Nagpal


"I've been feeling grateful all week that I was able to participate in the Architectural Mosaics workshop. You're a great teacher. I didn't expect to gain as much as I did in terms of practical methods and better understanding of materials. I got all my supplies yesterday, and will be using it with my fifth graders for our outdoor project!"

Jess Regelson



About the Instructor: Cathleen Newsham



Designer and mosaic artist Cathleen Newsham, founded Modern Mosaic Arts 17 years ago, and has been teaching adults and children her techniques ever since. A member of the Society of American Mosaic Artists for over 13 years and a founding member of the New England Mosaic Society, Newsham enjoys the connections she makes with both experienced and novice mosaic enthusiasts through her teaching.



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- 50% deposit is required to hold your space in the class or workshop.

- Balance due 14 days before class or workshop date.

- Full Refund - 30 days prior to the class or workshop minus a $50 processing fee.

- Full Refund if class or workshop is canceled.

- No Refunds - within 30 days of the class or workshop unless we can fill your space

   minus a $50 processing fee.

- No Refunds - within 7 days of the class or workshop.

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