In this flexible, spontaneous, scalable, continuity-ensuring approach to mosaic, students will set dimensional clusters – modules – of their chosen tesserae into mortar, arrange the cured modules into a composition on a substrate, and fill/weave other tesserae (and space!) around them. Modules can be grouped, strung together, broken up, recombined, built up, laid out on a grid – so many possibilities! – and then completely surrounded/blended with a mosaic field, partially surrounded/blended, or left freestanding for effect. Topics covered: selecting a material/color palette, free-form composition, concept, interweaving design elements, use of space in design, material processing, working directly in mortar, building substrates, creating more than one visual plane in a mosaic. Students will create at least one mosaic from start to finish in class.
This workshop is designed to interest and challenge mosaic makers of all experience levels. A good understanding of basic mosaic principles and vocabulary is helpful but not necessary. This five day workshop is $600 per person plus $25 for materials.
Visual artist Kelley Knickerbocker left a 22-yr administrative career at the University of Washington in 2006 to found a mosaic studio (Rivenworks Mosaics, Seattle) and direct her accumulated skills in project management and planning toward designing/fabricating/installing mosaic artwork for public, commercial, residential and gallery environments.
Kelley’s ruggedly dimensional mosaics, in a broad range of materials, are a textural distillation of her fascination with contrast, material properties and the technical challenges of mosaic construction. Sharing that fascination and learning from other art makers are keys to the freshness of Kelley’s mosaic practice, and she travels extensively around the world speaking, collaborating and teaching in-depth workshops on mosaic style and technique.
Kelley’s fine art mosaic panels have been accepted to numerous national and international juried exhibitions, and many reside in private collections. She is an active member of the Society of American Mosaic Artists, and has been the recipient of their annual Innovation in Contemporary Mosaics award.
Lodging ranges from $65 to $150 per night and is conveniently located a stone’s throw from the studio which is open 24 hours. Come early, stay longer or arrive the morning of class. Enjoy the private beach and full use of canoes, kayaks, paddleboard and floats in your spare time.
Food is not included with lodging so bring a cooler packed with your favorite fixings. Two full kitchens are waiting for you as are local grocery stores if you prefer to shop when you arrive. Fresh produce from local farms is also available nearby, as are restaurants. Contact Nancy Maloney 978.882.3390 with questions.
Registration and Cancellation Policy
A deposit of $300 will reserve your spot. The remainder of payments are due at the close of registration on May 25, 2017. Cancellation Policy- If you must cancel a full refund will be returned if four weeks before class. If cancelling within two weeks you will forfeit your deposit(s).