WORKSHOPS at the SAN DIEGO MOSAIC SCHOOL

MOSAIC ART WORKSHOPS!

Welcome!  Our workshops are instructed by Kim Emerson of Kim Emerson Mosaics, LLC in San Diego who has been creating mosaics for public and private spaces full-time since 1991.  We are currently NOT posting our regular schedule of mosaic art workshops because we are working Summer through Fall 2017 on a large mosaic mural commission for the new Imperial Beach Library.

If you are NOT already on our contact list, and you would like to receive future emails announcing our new schedule, please contact Kim Emerson. 

We look forward to creating beautiful and meaningful mosaics with you in the near future!  Thank you!

RIGHT HERE!  WE WILL BE POSTING OUR SCHEDULE OF FUTURE WORKSHOPS! 

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Meanwhile…here is the description of our favorite mosaic workshop: 

SPONTANEOUS MOSAIC

This intuitive approach of making mosaics is inspired by the Spontaneous Mosaic” method and philosophy made famous within the global mosaic community by the beloved late Ilana Shafir of Ashkelon, Israel.  The Shafir family has given permission to Kim Emerson to share and teach Kim’s version of Ilana’s method at the San Diego Mosaic School. 

The creative approach of Spontaneous Mosaic does not rely on an exact pattern or blueprint for the final mosaic, and in a way, there is nothing spontaneous about this process.  It is about being inspired by the beautiful and meaningful materials that are available to the mosaic artist.  It is the artist’s approach to the design of the mosaic composition whether it is created with ceramic, glass, stone, no matter what type of adhesive or substrate.  How do the materials and the way that they are arranged together inspire you?  What is your story?  What pleases you aesthetically? 

“My mosaics evolve from the thoughts I have while I am working…I try to express something beyond the mundane and the decorative, to create a fusion of elements that will touch the viewer and express something that can be said in no other way”. – Ilana Shafir

This workshop is for you if you are a beginner, or, if you are experienced but want to advance your mosaic practice.  We will be working with a variety of tesserae (that being the pieces of material that make-up your mosaic).  You will learn how to cut tesserae with a hammer and hardie, use various types of nippers, cutters, or a wet-saw if desired.  We will utilize what Kim Emerson refers to as the “directly-direct” method using thin-set adhesive.  We are NOT typically grouting in this workshop.  Quality wood panels for interior, or cement substrates for exterior, will be available in various shapes and sizes – no larger than 12″ x 12″.  The available tesserae will be everything from ceramic and glass tile, smalti (glass), dishware, beads, found objects, and natural stone.  All levels are welcome in the same workshop weekend, as we learn from one another – together! 

Also available by request, in this workshop you will have the opportunity to make your mosaic by using different “modified-direct” transfer techniques with TAPE and/or MESH.

For the price of $260, this two-day weekend workshop includes ALL quality materials, one substrate panel, use of tools, adhesives, serious mosaic instruction, and a deli-style lunch!  We only take 7 students per workshop. Coffee, tea and drinking water is always available.  Workshop hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. 

All workshops are held at the home/studio of Kim Emerson and her husband Dennis Reiter located in the Normal Heights community of San Diego, California, USA.

OTHER FAVORITE MOSAIC ART WORKSHOPS are the following:

ABSTRACT IN SMALTI

SMALL FORMAT JEWELRY

IMAGINARY ARCHEOLOGY – STORY TELLING  with TESSERAE

WORKING with TRANSPARENT TESSERAE

HAMMER & HARDIE INTENSIVE  in STONE

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All images of mosaics above were created by our wonderful students in our workshops!

All photo credits: DENNIS REITER

Phone: 619.379.1123              Email:  kim@kimemersonmosaics.com