Thursday, December 20, 2012

Upcoming Spring Mosaic Classes with Laurel True




Upcoming Spring Mosaic Classes with Laurel True


New Orleans:
TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES (Intermediate)
Saturday 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
January 26 - 27, 2013 (2-DAY WEEKEND WORKSHOP)
Level: Any
Class Price:

Register before January 12: $255,
register December 19 - January 12: $225
Materials:
Included  
Class size:
Minimum 6, Maximum 10
Description: In this class students will learn how to work with a variety of materials and with different types of tools to get differing effects with their materials.  Lecture and demonstration will cover specialty cutting techniques such as carving and honing, precision cutting and refinement of shapes for varied effects.  Students will try their hand at specialty cutting with glass, tile and stone and gain a deeper understanding of how each tool can be used for desired effects.

Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
March 2 - 3, 2013 (2-DAY WEEKEND WORKSHOP)  
Level: Any
Class Price:

Register before February 16: $195,
register February 16 - March 2: $225
Materials:
Included  
Class size:
Minimum 6, Maximum 10 
Description: A great introduction to glass mosaics! Glass is a beautiful medium for mosaics. In this beginner friendly class, students will design and create their own glass mosaic piece. Class will focus on designing for glass mosaics, introduction to different types of glass tesserae used by contemporary mosaic artists and surfaces suitable for glass mosaic projects. Instructor will demonstrate the proper use of glass cutting tools for mosaic, cutting and shaping techniques, different types of lay patterns and adhesives for glass and their appropriate applications. Instructor will present a literal visual encyclopedia of glass mosaic materials available to mosaic artists today - from low end recycled materials to high end specialty materials. Students will have plenty of colorful glass to work with for their projects. Sample designs will also be offered for student use. Students will create a 12" x 12" glass mosaic to take home for interior display. No experience necessary, beginning and returning students welcome


Port au Prince:
March 15  Introduduction to Traditional Setting Techniques
March 16-17 Introduction to Contemporary Mosaics

Description: Beginning students and experienced artists wanting to expand their repertoire will learn techniques used for the creation of functional and decorative mosaics using ceramic tile and glass.  Experience why one of the oldest art forms in the world has so much appeal today.

More info   


Seattle:
April 10 Facilitating Community Mosaic Projects Seminar
(This is part of the programming at the Society of American Mosaic Artists  2013 Conference in Tacoma/ Seattle)
Session 1: Thursday, April 11, 2013, 8:00am – 5:00pm
Hotel Murano: Cavallino

Cost
: $270 (includes $25 materials fee)
Level
: Intermediate
Description: This seminar will focus on methodology and techniques for approaching community-based mosaic projects with participants of all ages and skill levels.  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. Technical resources will be included in extensive class binder. Additional topics covered will include: Defining project goals and objectives Approaching stakeholders and creating project proposals Project planning, funding and budget creation Project and time management techniques Working in and outside of a classroom setting Professional development and entrepreneurial training for participants This class will be of particular benefit to mosaic artists who would like to add a community component to their work, teachers, community organizers and anyone interested in community development and entrepreneurial training through the arts.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Contemporary Mosaics Class with Laurel True in Port au Prince

El Saieh Gallery Presents:

Contemporary Mosaics with Laurel True
An Introduction to Mosaic Art

Contemporary Mosaics student Fabienne Theodore

 
Hands-On Workshop
March16- 17, 2013
Saturday 10 - 4 pm and Sunday 10 - 1pm

Spend an inspiring weekend with mosaic artist Laurel True learning the art of mosaic making.

Workshop will meet in the studio classroom of El Saieh Gallery in Port au Prince, one of Haiti’s most respected contemporary art galleries.

Beginning students and experienced artists wanting to expand their repertoire will learn techniques used for the creation of functional and decorative mosaics using ceramic tile and glass.  Experience why one of the oldest art forms in the world has so much appeal today.

Class will begin with a presentation of images of contemporary mosaic work from around the world. Instructor will introduce and demonstrate the various tools and techniques used in mosaic making, and discuss the use of adhesives, surfaces and materials for different applications.

Students will learn how to cut and shape tile, and how to arrange pieces to get different effects. Class will cover both the technical and aesthetic aspects of mosaic making, while offering a great community experience in a creative environment.

Students will be provided with a base to mosaic and have lots of great materials to choose from. El Saieh Gallery will provide a delicious vegetarian lunch on the veranda with beautiful views of Port au Prince.

Workshop fee: $150, materials and lunch included.




For registration information please contact Sharona El Saieh
El Saieh Gallery, 19 Ave du Chili, Port au Prince
elsaiehgallery@yahoo.com/ Tel:  3481-4736

Laurel True is based in New Orleans and Haiti and has maintained a professional studio practice in architectural, public and fine art mosaics for over 20 years through her company, True Mosaics Studio. Her vibrant mosaics can be found in hospitals, parks, hotels, restaurants and in commercial and residential settings around the world.
Laurel teaches and lectures internationally and facilitates community-based mosaic projects through her organization the Global Mosaic Project. She partners with organizations and businesses to create iconic, site-specific works of public art. Laurel began working in Haiti with Art Creation Foundation for Children, where she has an ongoing role as Lead Consultant for the Mosaique Jacmel Project.  Laurel is the co-founder of the Institute of Mosaic Art in California and has been teaching mosaic techniques for over 18 years. For more information please visit www.TrueMosaics.com




Saturday, November 3, 2012

Global Mosaic Project: Jacmel, Haiti in March and July 2013



Looking forward to getting a great group together to experience Haiti through a cross-cultural community project.
- Laurel True

 

We have added an additional July date for this trip! 
Dates: July 22 - July 28, 2013


Join mosaic artist Laurel True and youth from Art Creation Foundation For Children in Jacmel, Haiti for an amazing mosaic-making adventure!

Be part of a group of international mosaic artists participating in global outreach and voluntourism on this unique trip, which will combine community mosaic mural making, sightseeing in one of Haiti’s most beautiful regions and visits to local art centers, schools and beaches.

Participants will contribute to the rebuilding and beautification of Haiti while working alongside Haitian youth artists from Art Creation Foundation For Children (ACFFC) on a community project facilitated by Laurel True.

This hands-on, cross-cultural collaborative process will result in the creation of a public mosaic mural that will become part of a city-wide beautification project being created by Laurel’s students at ACFFC called Mosaique Jacmel.


     Jacmel Memorial Mosaic Mural, Congo Beach, Jacmel 2010

Jacmel is known for its laid-back atmosphere, beautiful beaches and abundance of artists and musicians. The architecture is reminiscent of New Orleans. Jacmeliens are friendly, welcoming and motivated to rebound after the devastating earthquake.


This trip is appropriate for mosaic artists and novice artists alike. Seasoned mosaic artists will benefit from professional development training in community mosaic project facilitation and novice mosaic artists will receive hands-on training, while participating with other community members learning about mosaics.

 Laurel True with ACFFC youth mosaic artists in front of BWEN neighborhood mural, Jacmel
Itinerary

 After our arrival in Port au Prince, we will visit a famous art gallery founded by musician Issa El Saieh, and enjoy lunch at at the historic Hotel Oloffson.  We then travel northeast to visit Mirebalais, where Laurel and a team of Haitian mosaic artists have created multiple projects in the new Mirebalais Hospital being built by Parters In Health. We will return to Port au Prince for our first evening together in Haiti.

The following day, we travel southeast to Jacmel. Our days will include working on the mosaic mural, and relaxing in the evenings at a stunning waterfront hotel, Cap Lamondu. Laurel will offer several professional development sessions in the evenings, including a debrief on the day, and deliver clear information on best practices for mosaic creation and project facilitation.

An afternoon will be set aside to relax on one of Jacmel's beautiful beachs, and enjoy tropical juices or rum drinks. Our last evening in Jacmel will include a project dedication and evening of traditional Haitian music.

Tour coordinator Lisa Rueff will lead optional morning yoga classes on the hotel terrace.

Wait til you see how beautiful Haiti is.


Accommodation &  Reservation Details

$1,795  based on double occupancy in a fine hotel in Port au Prince and Jacmel, Haitian-English speaking tour guide,  lux ground transportation, delicious Haitian meals/day. **Price does not include your US to Haiti airfare. 
***Please note that $200 will be tax deductible, and a direct contribution to Art Creation Foundation For Children.
To reserve your space and for more information, please contact Global Adventures Tour Director Lisa Rueff.  Leading international yoga and service trips abroad, she looks forward to sharing this rewarding experience in Haiti with you.

Lisa’s Rueff Email:  globaladventures@me.com

Here is a downloadable pdf with tour/ trip information:
http://www.truemosaics.com/JacmelMosaicTripMarch2013.pdf



This is not our bus, but it's a cool one ;)

View on the drive to Jacmel!

 Haitian sunset.

Little house

 Beach in Jacmel

 
Troubador musician on the beach

Seafood

Rum punch toast in Jacmel

Haitian coffee is amazing

Painted mural by ACFFC youth (below).
 Laurel working with ACFFC youth on a mosaic by the sea in Jacmel


 
Mosaic artist and project participant Erin Rogers working with ACFFC youth.


 
Tap Tap in Port au Prince 
Laurel True in front of mosaic mural at Mirebalais Hospital
Completed by True and her team in 2011.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

El Saieh Gallery Presents:

Contemporary Mosaics with Laurel True
An Introduction to Mosaic Art


 
Hands-On Workshop
November 10 -11, 2012
Saturday 10 - 4 pm and Sunday 10 - 1pm

Spend an inspiring weekend with mosaic artist Laurel True learning the art of mosaic making.

Workshop will meet in the studio classroom of El Saieh Gallery in Port au Prince, one of Haiti’s most respected contemporary art galleries.

Beginning students and experienced artists wanting to expand their repertoire will learn techniques used for the creation of functional and decorative mosaics using ceramic tile and glass.  Experience why one of the oldest art forms in the world has so much appeal today.

Class will begin with a presentation of images of contemporary mosaic work from around the world. Instructor will introduce and demonstrate the various tools and techniques used in mosaic making, and discuss the use of adhesives, surfaces and materials for different applications.

Students will learn how to cut and shape tile, and how to arrange pieces to get different effects. Class will cover both the technical and aesthetic aspects of mosaic making, while offering a great community experience in a creative environment.

Students will be provided with a base to mosaic and have lots of great materials to choose from. El Saieh Gallery will provide a delicious vegetarian lunch on the veranda with beautiful views of Port au Prince.

Workshop fee: $150, materials and lunch included.




For registration information please contact Sharona El Saieh
El Saieh Gallery, 19 Ave du Chili, Port au Prince
elsaiehgallery@yahoo.com/ Tel:  3481-4736

Laurel True is based in New Orleans and Haiti and has maintained a professional studio practice in architectural, public and fine art mosaics for over 20 years through her company, True Mosaics Studio. Her vibrant mosaics can be found in hospitals, parks, hotels, restaurants and in commercial and residential settings around the world.
Laurel teaches and lectures internationally and facilitates community-based mosaic projects through her organization the Global Mosaic Project. She partners with organizations and businesses to create iconic, site-specific works of public art. Laurel began working in Haiti with Art Creation Foundation for Children, where she has an ongoing role as Lead Consultant for the Mosaique Jacmel Project.  Laurel is the co-founder of the Institute of Mosaic Art in California and has been teaching mosaic techniques for over 18 years. For more information please visit www.TrueMosaics.com




Monday, October 15, 2012

Global Mosaic Tour: Costa Rica Project: January 2013


Global Mosaic Tour: Costa Rica Project
January 10-19, 2013




Be part of a team of Global Community Builders by participating in the creation of a community mosaic mural in Costa Rica!

Laurel True, founder of True Mosaics Studio and The Global Mosaic Project is partnering with EcoTeach Costa Rica for the first Global Mosaic Tour. A unique experience that combines Voluntourism, art education and community process.

Laurel will facilitate the creation of a public mosaic mural with tour participants and local community members for a small medical clinic in La Fortuna, Costa Rica.

Tour participants will learn first hand how to facilitate and create a mosaic mural while involving community members of all ages.
Participants will get a chance to experience a group mosaic-making processes through the actual creation of a mosaic mural. Experience with mosaics is not a requirement for this project. Laurel will teach all tour participants mosaic setting techniques and how to pass those skills onto others in the context of a community project.

This will be a fun and educational project that will bring art education, neighborhood beautification and an opportunity for cross-cultural exchange to the community of La Fortuna. Participants will be working with ceramic tile mosaic. Participants may be asked to carry some tile from their home city and these materials will be combined with locally sourced materials.



Additional educational elements:
Casual evening sessions will include discussions focusing on different mosaic-making techniques that can be employed with groups with any level of training, approaching design development with community involvement and multiple approaches to project coordination.

This tour will be great for artists and non- artists alike. Anyone who wants to come make a community mosaic mural in Costa Rica will have a great time. Artists who would like to add a community component to their work, teachers, community organizers will find this education tour of particular benefit to their professional development training.

Highlights:
  • Be part of a team of Community Builders and participate in the creation of a community mosaic.
  • Learn how to pass mosaic setting techniques onto others participating in the community project.
  • Work with Laurel True, public artist, educator and community organizer specializing in sculptural and architectural mosaic projects.
  • Visit Asis Wild Animal Rescue Center
  • Enjoy dinner at Don Juan’s Organic Farm
  • Participate in zip lines or hanging bridges

Trip Dates: January 10-19, 2013
Program Fee 2013: $2225/person
Program Fee Includes: Bi-lingual Naturalist Guide, accommodations, private in-country transportation, meals, activity & entrance fees, post departure travel insurance and exit taxes.
Trip Details:  Please visit our Mosaic Making Tour web page with complete trip details.
Read the full True Mosaic Costa Rica itinerary (printable version!)
Contact Us:  For additional information, please contact Stephanie Hall at stephanie@ecoteach.com or 1-800-626-8992, ext. 10


INFO LINKS:

Registration and Nuts and Bolts Info:
http://www.ecoteach.com/2013/truemosaic/ 

General Information

Inspirational Photo Gallery

 Global Mosaic Project Facebook Page

 Eco Teach Facebook Page




Awesome Itinerary for trip: 

(You can also link to this from the "General Information" page above)

ATENAS & THE CENTRAL VALLEY (1 night)
Arrive in the central valley of Costa Rica, home to 80% of the country's population and surrounded by mountains. This area boasts fantastic vistas and a perfect climate. You will spend your first night in a comfortable country setting and have a chance to get acquainted with your fellow travelers. 

LA FORTUNA/ARENAL (7 nights)
Laurel True will lead participants in a group mosaicmaking process through the actual creation of a mosaic mural. Experience with mosaics is not a requirement for this project. Laurel will teach all tour participants mosaic setting techniques and how to pass those skills onto others in the context of a community project. The Mosaic workshops will be held in the town of La Fortuna at the base of the spectacular Arenal volcano. You will stay at the wonderful Don Juans’s Organic Farm for the first five nights and then two nights at Arenal Springs Hotel.
Activities outside the workshop will include a tour of the organic farm, time to explore the town of La Fortuna, and a visit to the Asis Wildlife Rescue Center which cares for rescued wild animals, from monkeys to peccarys, kinkajous, macaws and more! Before leaving the Arenal area you will have the opportunity to fly through the forest canopy on a zipline tour! 

ATENAS ; THE CENTRAL VALLEY (1 night)
End the trip right back where you started‐‐in the Central Valley. This is the night to celebrate your accomplishments and reflect on your experiences. 

BIO:
Laurel True is a public artist, educator and community organizer specializing in sculptural and architectural mosaic projects. Her projects are focused mainly in urban and developing areas and she is committed to fostering arts education and entrepreneurship both in and out of the classroom. True is cofounder of the Institute of Mosaic Art in California and has lectured and taught internationally.
In addition to maintaining a professional studio practice, True facilitates community based mosaic projects in the US, Africa and Haiti through her organization, The Global Mosaic Project. Her work has been featured in independent and mainstream media, books and publications. She has created and facilitated hundreds projects over the last 20 years. 

She is a member of the Community Built Association, the Society of American Mosaic Artists, Americans for the Arts and the National Art Education Association.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Fall and Winter 2012 Classes with Laurel True

Happy Fall and warm greetings to Everyone!

I have several classes yet this year - in New Orleans and Port au Prince, Haiti.

Stay tuned for my Spring schedule, which will include several destination workshops in different parts of the world that combine social practice and mosaic education.

Here are just the dates/ locations and class titles.. scroll down for full description of classes!

Keep watching the True Mosaics Studio Facebook page for last minute additions. 






October 27-28, 2012
Architectural Mosaics in the Home
New Orleans School of Art and Craft, New Orleans

November 10-11, 2012
Contemporary Mosaics with Laurel True: Introduction to Mosaic Art
El Saieh Gallery, Port au Prince, Haiti

December 1-2, 2012
Introduction to Glass Smalti Mosaics
New Orleans School of Art and Craft, New Orleans


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Full class descriptions and info:

NEW ORLEANS

October 27-28, 2012
Saturday 10 - 4, Sunday 1-5

Architectural Mosaics in the Home: Mosaic Backsplashes, Floors, Walls and More
New Orleans School of Art and Craft

To register and for more information:

This course is perfect for students who wish to make a permanent mosaic for their home such as a kitchen backsplash, fireplace surround, mural, garden wall or any architectural application! 

This is an upbeat lecture and demonstration- format course packed with useful information. Demonstration will focus on wall and floor applications as well as other permanent installations. Using a mock up of a kitchen backsplash and an existing mosaic floor installation, students are taken through the steps required to complete a successful and durable mosaic application for a variety of locations. Students are encouraged to ask questions about potential projects. Class will include a digital presentation of architectural and permanent applications in many different settings. 

Class will cover: Choosing the proper substrate (surface) and correct preparation for mosaic, selecting the right materials, products and processes for a myriad of different applications for interior and or exterior projects.

Instructor will also address designing for architectural projects, methods of creation architectural mosaics, including use of fiberglass mesh and tile tape, mixing and using cement based adhesives, grouting, caulking and finishing a permanent application.

Special focus will be given to dealing with architectural issues such as thresholds, trims, pipes, plumbing, fixtures and appliances, baseboards, expansion joints, sub flooring and more. Students will receive handouts with technical and resource information. This is an important and inspiring class for those who want to experiment with more permanent mosaic applications and do them right!

Students will see the process of creating a permanent mosaic installation with some hands-on opportunity.

Some mosaic experience is highly suggested for this class as class does not cover introductory mosaic setting lessons such as those offered in beginning classes.

This class is an essential building block for those interested in creating large-scale projects, murals, community projects and more.

Level: Any
Class price: $205
Materials included


Instructor Laurel True has almost 20 years experience in the field of mosaics and has completed hundreds of permanent installations in homes, businesses, hotels, schools, parks and more across the United States.

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December 1- 2, 2012 (Date changed from November 17-18)
Saturday 10 - 4, Sunday 10-1

Introduction to Glass Smalti Mosaics  
New Orleans School of Art and Craft

To register and for more information:

Mosaic artist Laurel True will introduce students to this wonderful material dating back to the Byzantine Era. Beginners and continuing mosaic students will enjoy learning about this beautiful glass material that is surprisingly accessible.

Smalti is a beautiful, rich and reflective material made from poured glass. This exciting course will introduce students to the history of this exquisite glass material that has been used since the Byzantine Era and its uses in today's mosaic world.

Class will begin with a digital presentation showing how smalti is made in small batches by artisans today in Europe and beyond. Instructor will go on to introduce students to the unique light catching and reflecting qualities of smalti and how this material can be combined with other mosaic materials for exciting and rich effects. 

Class will cover basic design, layout and visual understanding of a smalti piece as well as both ancient and contemporary cutting techniques. Each student will learn how to work with the hammer and hardie to cut smalti, as well as gain an understanding of how to use modern tools with this material with as little waste as possible.

Students will learn how to set smalti directly into a tinted mortar bed using
Italian smalti to create a 6” x 6” mosaic wall hanging to take home. Smalti starter pack and custom-made framed substrate provided.

Level: Any 

Class price $195
Materials: $50 includes substrate and smalti starter pack

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PORT AU PRINCE, HAITI

November 10-11
Saturday  and Sunday 10am – 4pm

Contemporary Mosaics with Laurel True- Introduction to Mosaic Art
El Saieh Gallery, Pacot, Port au Prince, Haiti

Spend an inspiring weekend with mosaic artist Laurel True learning the art of mosaic making.

Workshop will meet in the studio classroom of El Saieh Gallery in Port au Prince, one of Haiti’s most respected contemporary art galleries.

Beginning students and experienced artists wanting to expand their repertoire will learn techniques used for the creation of functional and decorative mosaics using ceramic tile and glass. Experience why one of the oldest art forms in the world has so much appeal today.

Class will begin with a presentation of images of contemporary mosaic work from around the world. Instructor will introduce and demonstrate the various tools and techniques used in mosaic making, and discuss the use of adhesives, surfaces and materials for different applications.
Students will learn how to cut and shape tile, and how to arrange pieces to get different effects. Class will cover both the technical and aesthetic aspects of mosaic making, while offering a great community experience in a creative environment.

Students will be provided with a base to mosaic and have lots of great materials to choose from. El Saieh Gallery will provide a delicious vegetarian lunch on the veranda with beautiful views of Port au Prince.

For registration information please contact Sharona El Saieh El Saieh Gallery, 19 Ave du Chili, Port au Prince elsaiehgallery@yahoo.com/ Tel: 3481-4736


Level: Any 

Class price $150
Materials and lunch on Saturday included


Laurel True is based in New Orleans and Haiti and has maintained a professional studio practice in architectural, public and fine art mosaics for over 20 years through her company, True Mosaics Studio. Her vibrant mosaics can be found in hospitals, parks, hotels, restaurants and in commercial and residential settings around the world.

Laurel teaches and lectures internationally and facilitates community-based mosaic projects through her organization the Global Mosaic Project. She partners with organizations and businesses to create iconic, site-specific works of public art. Laurel began working in Haiti with Art Creation Foundation for Children, where she has an ongoing role as Lead Consultant for the Mosaique Jacmel Project. Laurel is the co-founder of the Institute of Mosaic Art in California and has been teaching mosaic techniques for over 18 years. For more information please visit
www.TrueMosaics.com 



Sunday, June 10, 2012

New Class Added in San Diego Area: Mosaic Techniques and Applications




July 20, 2012
Friday 1 – 5 pm
Mosaic Technique and Practical Applications
Lecture/ Demo/ Q & A with Laurel True

Hosted by:
Norma Yuskos Studio, Encinitas, CA

To register for this class, please contact Laurel True:
info@truemosaics.com

Level: Any 

Class price $100

How to create beautiful and lasting mosaic projects almost anywhere - both indoors and outdoors.

This is a great technical class for students who want to gain a deeper insight into best practices for different types of mosaic applications on a variety of surfaces and in a variety of environments.

Class will cover the basics of exterior and garden applications, basic architectural applications and use of non- traditional surfaces and materials for mosaic.

Students will learn how to select the proper substrate for their project and how to properly prepare these surfaces to receive mosaic, as well as presenting and explaining the uses of a variety of essential adhesives. Special focus will be given to mixing and using thin-set.

Lecture and demo will also include a presentation and discussion of different types of tile and other tesserae and their uses and limitations, methods of setting, fitting tricks and working both on and off site in direct, double direct and indirect methods including the use of fiberglass mesh and tile tape.

Instructor will demonstrate proper tool use for cutting glass, tile, stone and other materials, including specialty cuts made by hand including carving and shaping techniques.

Finally, class will cover grouting techniques for any size project. Instructor will discuss when to grout and when it’s ok not to grout and the use of tinted thin-set as a setting bad for ungrouted work.

This class is great for the beginner and is also appropriate for the student who has already experimented with mosaics and would like to expand their knowledge to include exterior, garden or permanent installations and focus on best practices for all facets of mosaic creation.



Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Laurel True: Spring and Summer 2012 Class Schedule

Spring and Summer 2012 Class Schedule 

Here is a current listing of the classes I am offering in New Orleans, Oakland, San Diego and Seattle. Classes are listed by date and all descriptions are linked to host website.


NEW ORLEANS

May 5, 2012
Saturday 10 - 4
Introduction to Glass Smalti Mosaics  
New Orleans School of Art and Craft

To register and for more information:

Mosaic artist Laurel True will introduce students to this wonderful material dating back to the Byzantine Era. Beginners and continuing mosaic students will enjoy learning about this beautiful glass material that is surprisingly accessible.

Smalti is a beautiful, rich and reflective material made from poured glass. This exciting course will introduce students to the history of this exquisite glass material that has been used since the Byzantine Era and its uses in today's mosaic world.

Class will begin with a digital presentation showing how smalti is made in small batches by artisans today in Europe and beyond. Instructor will go on to introduce students to the unique light catching and reflecting qualities of smalti and how this material can be combined with other mosaic materials for exciting and rich effects. 

Class will cover basic design, layout and visual understanding of a smalti piece as well as both ancient and contemporary cutting techniques. Each student will learn how to work with the hammer and hardie to cut smalti, as well as gain an understanding of how to use modern tools with this material with as little waste as possible.

Students will learn how to set smalti directly into a tinted mortar bed using
Italian smalti to create a 6” x 6” mosaic wall hanging to take home. Smalti starter pack and custom-made framed substrate provided.

Level: Any 

Class price $135
Materials: $45

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OAKLAND

July 14-15
Saturday  and Sunday 10am – 4pm
Urban Mosaics
Institute of Mosaic Art


To register and for more information:

In this new class, instructor Laurel True will discuss and present conceptual approaches to creating mosaics in and inspired by the urban landscape including
mosaic graffiti, urban land art, renegade and spontaneous projects. 

Class will include a digital presentation showcasing urban mosaics, materials and artists using these alternative methods internationally.

Students will be introduced to and encouraged to experiment with recycled, mixed media and alternative materials and will work on a series of projects including small, portable mesh or tape- backed pieces that we will put up in the urban landscape. Class will also create a piece of urban land art using mosaic techniques and various media as a group, which will be left in the environment.

Level: Any 

Class price $220
Materials: $25

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SAN DIEGO
 
July 20, 2012
Friday 1 – 5 pm
Mosaic Technique and Practical Applications
Lecture/ Demo/ Q & A with Laurel True

Hosted by:
Norma Yuskos Studio, Encinitas, CA

To register for this class, please contact Laurel True:
info@truemosaics.com

Level: Any 

Class price $100

How to create beautiful and lasting mosaic projects almost anywhere - both indoors and outdoors.

This is a great technical class for students who want to gain a deeper insight into best practices for different types of mosaic applications on a variety of surfaces and in a variety of environments.

Class will cover the basics of exterior and garden applications, basic architectural applications and use of non- traditional surfaces and materials for mosaic.

Students will learn how to select the proper substrate for their project and how to properly prepare these surfaces to receive mosaic, as well as presenting and explaining the uses of a variety of essential adhesives. Special focus will be given to mixing and using thin-set.

Lecture and demo will also include a presentation and discussion of different types of tile and other tesserae and their uses and limitations, methods of setting, fitting tricks and working both on and off site in direct, double direct and indirect methods including the use of fiberglass mesh and tile tape.

Instructor will demonstrate proper tool use for cutting glass, tile, stone and other materials, including specialty cuts made by hand including carving and shaping techniques.

Finally, class will cover grouting techniques for any size project. Instructor will discuss when to grout and when it’s ok not to grout and the use of tinted thin-set as a setting bad for ungrouted work.

This class is great for the beginner and is also appropriate for the student who has already experimented with mosaics and would like to expand their knowledge to include exterior, garden or permanent installations and focus on best practices for all facets of mosaic creation.

 Min 8/ Max 12


July 21-22
Saturday and Sunday 9am - 5pm
Community Mosaic Mural Making – Facilitating and Creating Community-Based Projects
Hands-on workshop led by Laurel True
Studio of Norma Yuskos , Encinitas, CA

To register for this class, please contact Laurel True:
info@truemosaics.com

This weekend intensive workshop lead by community and public artist Laurel True will focus on methodology and techniques for approaching community-based mosaic projects. Students will get a chance to experience group mosaic- making processes through the actual creation 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 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, which will include 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 and location. 
Instructor will present several 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 work, teachers, community organizers and anyone interested in community development and entrepreneurial training through the arts.
Level: 
 Some mosaic experience is recommended
Class fee: $395
Materials: $45
Registered students will be provided with tool list

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SEATTLE

July 27-28
Friday 6- 8:30pm and
Saturday 10 - 3
Introduction to Smalti Mosaics
Seattle Mosaic Arts

To register and for more information:

Mosaic artist Laurel True will introduce students to this wonderful material dating back to the Byzantine Era. Beginners and continuing mosaic students will enjoy learning about this beautiful glass material that is surprisingly accessible .

Smalti is a beautiful, rich and reflective material made from poured glass. This exciting course will introduce students to the history of this exquisite glass material that has been used since the Byzantine Era and its uses in today's mosaic world.

Class will begin Friday evening with a digital presentation showing how smalti is made in small batches by artisans today in Europe and beyond. Instructor will go on to introduce students to the unique light catching and reflecting qualities of smalti and how this material can be combined with other mosaic materials for exciting and rich effects.  

Class will cover basic design, layout and visual understanding of a smalti piece as well as both ancient and contemporary cutting techniques. Each student will learn how to work with the hammer and hardie to cut smalti, as well as gain an understanding of how to use modern tools with this material with as little waste as possible.

On Saturday, students will set smalti directly into a mortar bed for their project and will receive information on how to approach future projects. Class will finish with a digital presentation of contemporary smalti projects, both as fine art pieces and as integrated into architectural settings.

Students will use Italian smalti to create an 8 x 8 mosaic wall hanging to take home. Smalti starter pack and custom-made framed substrate provided.

Level: Any 

Class fee: $265
Materials: Included

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SEATTLE

July 29th
Sunday 10-4 pm
Introduction Glass Fusing for Mosaics – One- Day Class
Seattle Mosaic Arts

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Glass fusing is an exciting technique to add to ones repertoire of mosaic and glass skills and, fused pieces look wonderful in a mosaic.

In this exciting and fun one-day class. instructor Laurel True will present the basics of glass fusing to create individual tesserae and art pieces up to 3". Lecture and presentation will include information on fusing history, types of kilns used for fusing, glass characteristics and limitations and more. Students will be amazed at what glass can do!

A range of fusible glass materials will be presented, such as compatible sheet glass, frits and powders, glass rods, confetti and stringers and their effects in completed pieces shown through the presentation of lots of actual fused examples.

Students will learn both basic and trickier glass cutting techniques to get started with or further expand their cutting skills with a myriad of glass tools, including scoring tools, breakers, strip cutters, grinders and lens (circle) cutters.

Instructor will present examples of many different effects students can achieve combining different types, colors and qualities of fusible glass, inclusions such as metal, mica and gold and silver leaf and other exciting techniques. Rigging and hanging mechanisms for decorations and small plaques will be demonstrated.

Lots of great materials will be available including clear and opaque glass in tons of colors, stringers, confetti, frit, rods, mille and dichroic glass. Students wil be able to experiment with many different techniques and come away with a treasure trove of fused pieces for future mosaic projects or to use in an of themselves.

* Pick up of fused pieces within one week of class. Out-of-town students can arrange to have their pieces shipped.

Level: Any
Class fee: $150
Materials: Included


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OAKLAND

August 3, 2012
Friday, 1- 4 pm
The Business of Mosaics - Mini Seminar
Institute of Mosaic Art


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Join mosaic artist and entrepreneur Laurel True for this informative seminar, which will go beyond the basics of understanding how to launch, grow and sustain a successful mosaic business.
We will focus on business aspects of commissioned work, architectural application and public art.
Topics covered in lecture will include: identifying business and creative goals, establishing a market identity, building an effective resume and portfolio, presenting work accurately and effectively, client relations, interfacing with other design professionals, effectively dealing with the business aspects of  architectural commissioned work and public projects.

There will be a specific focus on creating project budgets, proposals and design and production contracts. Course materials will include templates for contracts, as well as worksheets for project pricing, ordering materials and calculating business expenses, overhead and profit.

This session would particularly benefit those who are considering going after or starting to receive commissioned projects and or public art.

Level: This is a professional development seminar and students should have a working knowledge of mosaic making in order to successfully contextualize the information offered.
Class fee: $125
Materials: $25

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OAKLAND

August 4 - 5, 2012
Saturday 10am – 4pm, Sunday 10am – 1pm
Architectural Applications for Mosaic – Floors, Walls and More
Institute of Mosaic Art

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Instructor Laurel True has almost 20 years experience in the field of mosaics and has completed hundreds of permanent installations in homes, businesses, hotels, schools, parks and more across the United States.

This is a lecture and demonstration format course that focuses on wall and floor applications as well as other permanent installations.

Class will begin with a digital presentation of instructor's architectural work including floors, walls, back splashes, fireplace surrounds, floor and pavement insets, large scale mosaic murals and other site specific work in residential and commercial spaces. Using a mock-up of a kitchen backsplash and an example of a mosaic floor installation, students are taken through the steps required to complete a successful and durable mosaic application.

Class will cover issues involving choosing the proper substrate, dealing with existing substrates, prepping surfaces, work styles and preparing the area to do a project, correct setting materials, choosing the right type of tile or other tesserae, designing for an architectural application, transfer techniques, methods of setting, including use of fiberglass mesh and other face and back mounted off - site construction methods, mixing thin-set and concrete based fixatives, grouting, caulking and finishing a permanent application.

Special focus will be given to dealing with architectural issues such as thresholds, trims, pipes, plumbing, fixtures and appliances, baseboards, expansion joints, sub flooring and more. Students should expect to take notes and will receive handouts with technical and resource information.

This is an important technical class for those who want to experiment with more permanent mosaic applications and do them right! Students will see the process of creating a permanent mosaic installation with some hands-on opportunity. (Students do not make an individual project in this class).

*Please note: This is not a setting class. It is expected that students will be able to combine this information with basic setting and mosaic skills they already have.

Level: Intermediate, students should have taken an introductory mosaic class
Class fee: $225
Materials: Included

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