WELCOME to the SAN DIEGO MOSAIC SCHOOL
Located in the Normal Heights community of the City of SAN DIEGO, California, USA.
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Our current schedule of 2019 workshops is listed below!
Learn the fine art of mosaic technique and styles taught by internationally acclaimed mosaic artist KIM EMERSON who has been creating mosaics since 1991.
Our 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.
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/easel 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, Mexico, and Italy. Starting 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 mosaics 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 2019 Mosaic Art Workshops – Due to our current large public art commissions, we will start the year by having fewer workshops!
SPONTANEOUS MOSAIC METHOD – $285 each weekend:
January 19th & 20th – SOLD OUT!
February 23rd & 24th
March 16th & 17th
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.
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