Picassiette Portraiture (Animal or Human) (3-day class) with Gila Rayberg

Skill Level: all levels welcome


November 15-17, 2019

Friday - Sunday

Hours: 10am – 5pm with a lunch break

Materials included: Substrate and "Memory-ware"

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In this 3-day class, students will work on a 14” x 11” portrait (human or animal) of their choice (Gila will provide detailed instructions in advance on selecting an appropriate portrait reference). Gila will share her extensive knowledge about creating mosaic portraits, with an emphasis on picassiette: cutting, shaping & incorporating dishes and pottery into mosaics. She will demonstrate how to use hand tools to cut & shape picassiette materials, and will give tips on using these materials to add texture & interest to mosaic portraits.


Each participant will receive individual attention & guidance from Gila while working on their portrait. Students are not expected to finish their portrait in the 3-day workshop.  Gila will discuss a plan with each student on how to complete their unfinished works at home.

Substrates and a selection of crockery will be provided, but students are encouraged to bring unique finds (dishes, pottery, teacups, etc) to personalize their works. Thrift stores & yard sales finds are perfect, as are those chipped, cracked, and broken bits that you can’t bear to throw away and would love to incorporate into your art! Bringing extra to share ensures that there will be unique and surprising selections for all.

This workshop is designed to interest and challenge mosaic makers of any skill level. Participants will leave the workshop with a  good understanding of choosing a subject, transferring a design to a substrate, understanding value, laying materials of varied thicknesses, creating likeness, and much more.




About the Instructor: Gila Rayberg



Gila Rayberg arrived at the visual arts after a successful career as a freelance musician and educator. Allowing her strong sense of intuition and love of experimentation to guide her, Gila has developed a unique voice in the realm of mosaic portraiture. Gila exhibits regularly throughout the United States and has won numerous awards for her uniquely expressive portraits. In the summer of 2018, Gila was one of nine artists, from seven countries, invited to participate in the 3rd Contemporary Mosaic Art Symposium in Ploaghe Sardinia, under the direction of Maestro Giulio Menossi. Gila travels extensively throughout the US and internationally giving workshops and sharing her passion for mosaic portraiture. Her artwork has been published in numerous art books and is collected worldwide.


Click here to read our "Feature Artist" article about Gila!

Cancellation Policy:

- 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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