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Skill Level: Intermediate, or with some basic mosaic experience
January 26-27, 2019
Saturday - Sunday
Hours: 10am – 5pm
All Material included.
In this fascinating and challenging course, participants will learn intriguing facts about sacred geometry, nature and art, the Golden Ratio, and elements of mandala design. (Mandalas are round geometric designs, with individual, spiritual, cultural or religious significance.) The techniques we will learn were used and understood by our Byzantine predecessors, and will give each of us the ability to create beautiful works of geometric mosaic art.
Each student will receive their own design tool kit, put together by Dianne specifically for workshop participants. Participants will learn how to effectively use compasses, protractors and calipers to expand
their design capabilities. Using a combination of instruction and exercises, we will design an individual mandala on paper, translate that design onto the substrate, and begin the creation of our mosaics. While it is possible to finish the mosaic work during the weekend, most participants choose to proceed at their own pace and complete their mosaic at home. Dianne will do a grouting/finishing discussion and send grouting instructions home with everyone.
Materials will be provided, although participants are welcome to bring items from home if they choose. Many students like to bring a "focal point" for the center of their mandala. Something between
approximately 1/2" to 4" that has particular significance. For an extra fee you can create an all smalti mandala similar to the one pictured in the bottom right.
Each participant will leave the workshop with enhanced design abilities, a different view of the universe we live in, and the tools and knowledge to create beautiful mosaic mandala designs on their own.
Dianne will guide you through the process from beginning to end, with multimedia presentations and plenty of hands-on learning. There will be ample time for questions and discussion. This is Dianne's "signature" course, based on her years of exploration, inquiry and experimentation.
Minimum # of students: 8
About the Instructor: Dianne Sonnenberg
Dianne Sonnenberg is an internationally-recognized mosaic artist and experienced instructorbased in Austin, TX and Port Carling (Muskoka), Ontario. She has been involved in the global mosaic community for over 12 years, and is a member of The Society of American Mosaic
Artists and Associazione Culturale Clauiano Mosaics. Dianne is passionate about mosaic art, and has been creating mosaic mandalas throughout her career. Her mosaics and sculptural works have won numerous awards, including Best Architectural Mosaic at the 2010 Mosaic Arts International Exhibit in Chicago, IL. Dianne is Artistic Director at The Austin School of Mosaic Art, a member of the faculty at The Contemporary Austin Art School at Laguna Gloria, and is a sought-after instructor across the US and Canada.
- 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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