Sunday, December 4, 2011

Community Mosaics Class in Brooklyn- Hands-On Workshop March 9-11


Community Mosaics

Facilitating and Creating Community-Based Public Projects

Hands on Workshop led by Laurel True

Workshop: March 9-11, 2012

Friday Evening 6 - 8:30 and

Saturday and Sunday 9:30 – 5 pm

Cost: $495 includes binder with extensive class handouts

Location: Galazzo Glass/ Sopp Ceramic Studio at Clay Space

For more information or to register please e-mail:

This weekend intensive workshop lead by community and public artist Laurel True will focus on methodology and techniques for approaching community-based, public mosaic projects. Students will get a chance to experience group mosaic-making processes through the actual creation and installation of a mosaic mural. Students will come away from this information - packed workshop with the knowledge, skills and confidence to lead and facilitate successful, permanent projects that engage and inspire community.

Workshop will begin Friday evening with a presentation of successful project models and lecture will include sample pedagogy for including and training community members in the creation of public art. Instructor will cover various approaches to community outreach, design development, sourcing locations and materials and recruiting project participants.

Saturday and Sunday morning will be devoted to lecture and demonstration and the afternoons to practice- hands on training in the creation of a mosaic mural that will be donated to a local non-profit, school or business

Lecture will include step-by-step instructions with complementary images describing multiple approaches to project coordination, management and creation with a focus on creating permanent artworks specific to a host communities’ needs, desires, location and circumstances.

Instructor will present several group mosaic- making techniques that can be employed with groups with any level of training. Specific teacher/ facilitator training will focus on best practices for technical construction methods so that outdoor, public projects are durable, safe and long lasting. Technical resources will be included in class binder.

Additional topics covered will include:

· Defining project goals and objectives

· Project planning, funding and budget creation

· Project and time management techniques for any scale project

· Working in and outside of the classroom

Professional development and entrepreneurial training for participants

This class will be of particular benefit to mosaic artists and public artists who would like to add a community component to their projects, teachers, community organizers and anyone interested in community development and entrepreneurial training through the arts.

Some knowledge of mosaic making techniques is helpful.

Workshop participants should come prepared to work both inside and outside during class. Students will be asked to sign a waiver and photo release.


This class must meet it's minimum (6) by February 6th. Students are encouraged to sign up early!

Also: This class is being offered the weekend after the National Association of Art Educators Conference in New York, which runs March 1-4

For more information:

Photos from top:

Community Mosaic Mural, Nungua Ghana

Participants with Fisherman's Tale Mural, Nungua, Ghana

Twin Thrones Community Mosaic Bench, San Francisco

Community Mosaic Memorial Wall, Jacmel, Haiti

Home Mural, Belle Chase, Louisiana