MOSAIC ART WORKSHOPS at the
SAN DIEGO MOSAIC SCHOOL
Located in the Normal Heights community of the
City of SAN DIEGO, California, USA
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SEE BELOW THE DESCRIPTIONS OF OUR TYPICAL MOSAIC ART WORKSHOPS OFFERED. WE HAVE WORKSHOPS ON CERTAIN SCHEDULED WEEKENDS DURING WINTER, SPRING AND FALL.
Learn the fine art of mosaic technique and methodology taught by internationally acclaimed mosaic artist KIM EMERSON who has been creating mosaics since 1991.
The mission at the San Diego Mosaic School is to educate and inspire everyone about the medium of mosaics as a fine art. Every level of mosaic experience is welcome. All you need is a passion for color, texture, an openness for creativity, and originality. We focus on cutting, placement of “tesserae”, basic design composition, and comparing ancient Roman and Byzantine mosaics to the contemporary styles while using many different types of beautiful materials. Our workshop studio is located in the Normal Heights community of San Diego, California, USA.
KIM EMERSON is a San Diego based artist who specializes in the medium of mosaics. Her work is large-scale, architectural, environmental, in the form of 2-D murals, 3-D sculpture, small format jewelry, and fine art studio creations. Kim has a lifetime of experience in the visual arts, with a BA in art history, an MS in historic preservation of architecture, and an AA in interior design. She is a natural educator with the ability to reach students at all levels of their experience. She has created and installed many public art and private residential projects. Her work can be found in private art collections throughout the United States. In 1991 Kim began learning and making mosaics with internationally acclaimed artist James Hubbell as a volunteer building schools in a very poor barrio of Tijuana, Mexico. She crossed the US/Mexico border from San Diego every week for three years to work and create involving members of the community from both sides. Kim has been an active “professional” member of the Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA) since 2004.
Each mosaic art workshop includes all materials, use of professional tools, an extensive list of where to purchase mosaic supplies, 14 hours of serious instruction, AND a deli-style lunch!
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Descriptions of current Mosaic Art Workshops:
SPONTANEOUS MOSAIC METHOD
THIS WORKSHOP WILL BE OFFERED AGAIN IN 2019!
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 special permission to Kim Emerson to share and teach Kim’s version of Ilana’s method at the San Diego Mosaic School.
This workshop is for you if you are a beginner, AND/OR if you are experienced but want to practice and advance your “andamento”, or placement of materials. We will be working with a variety of “tesserae” (all the little pieces of cut ceramic, glass, stone or “stuff” that makes up your mosaic!). You will learn how to cut tesserae with a hammer and a hardie, also with other various types of nippers, cutters, or with a wet-saw if desired. We will utilize what Kim Emerson refers to as the “directly-direct” method with tinted thin-set adhesive. We do NOT typically grout in this workshop. Quality wood panels or cement substrates will be available to choose from – no larger than 12″ x 12″. The available tesserae will be everything from ceramic tile, glass tile, smalti (glass), dishware, beads, found objects, and natural stone. All levels are welcome in the same workshop, as we all learn from one another!
Available by request, you also have the opportunity to build your mosaic by using different modified-direct transfer techniques with TAPE and/or MESH.
REPRESENTATIONAL ROMAN using
This mosaic art workshop will be offered again in 2019!
The inspiration for this workshop came to Kim Emerson during a trip to Italy in 2017 while visiting ancient Roman mosaic sites. In Aquileia on permanent exhibition at the Museo Nazionale, there is one treasured 2nd century still life themed floor mosaics known as “the unswept floor”. The imagery of these infamous floor mosaics are literal representations in stone tesserae of edible elements from the Roman banquet. Using the square geometry in the Roman style of mosaic, we will have fun recreating detailed representations of what was left on the floor after the dinner party!
In this workshop, using only Mexican smalti glass, we will create imagery of still life subject matter, such as a lemon or an olive branch. We will focus on the geometry of the main element, fill-in the background with classical andamento, as well as play with shadows in tesserae. This is an excellent workshop to better understand representational design in mosaic, and practice precision cutting using modern materials, adhesives, and tools.
The size of the mosaic panels (on wood for interior display) will be your choice of 9” x 12” or 10” x 10”. We will NOT be using thin-set adhesive in this particular workshop. We will employ what Kim Emerson refers to as the “directly-direct” method technique. We will be grouting your finished mosaic. All materials included.
ABSTRACT in SMALTI (Multi-mini panels) – $300.
DECEMBER 8th & 9th Full!
Saturday & Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Smalti is glass and it is the only material traditionally fabricated especially for mosaics. It was invented by the Romans and perfected through the ages by the Italians. Smalti as glass has been especially designed to be cut with a hammer and hardie (chisel), the 2000 year old Roman metal tools invented to cut stone and smalti. By example, the colorful and shiny tesserae of smalti is what is seen from the Byzantine Era in the churches of Venice, Rome and Ravenna, Italy, and more.
The prerequisite for this workshop is that you have already taken the Spontaneous Mosaic Method workshop with Kim Emerson. You will be designing your mosaic composition while utilizing the intuitive design philosophy of Ilana Shafir, and working with tinted thin-set “directly-direct”. In this workshop we will be cutting and creating with smalti from both Italy and Mexico. We will be discussing and sampling the unique characteristics and differences of each. You will be encouraged to cut all of your tesserae with the hammer and hardie, or wheel nippers, to create a composition that is abstract incorporating both “normal “A” cuts’ and “pizzas and/or tortillas”. The size panels (on wood for interior) will be no larger than 8” x 8”. We will NOT be grouting in this workshop. Smalti is not typically ideal to be or traditionally grouted.
Tis the season! For this particular workshop only, attendees will have the option of creating up to three small gift size mosaics in smalti just in time for the holiday season!
MOSAIC ART WORKSHOP LOCATION
Workshops are located at the home & studio of Kim Emerson and Dennis Reiter in community of Normal Heights in the City of San Diego, California, USA. The San Diego Mosaic School was established in 2015.
Our philosophy is this …
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up” – Pablo Picasso
ALL PHOTO CREDITS GO TO DENNIS REITER