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Sourcing Local Stone Retreat: May, August 2013

14 Nov

Note: May Retreat is 3/4 Full!

Mosaic Retreat: Pennsylvania
What Lies Beneath Our Feet:
Sourcing and Working with Local Stone
with Rachel Sager
May 17 – 20, 2013
August 18 – 23, 2013

Rachel Sager Mosaic Art RetreatsJoin award-winning and internationally exhibited mosaic artist, Rachel Sager Lynch, in her journey into the magic of sourcing local Southwestern Pennsylvania stone and turning it into elegant tesserae, the building blocks of mosaic. This 5 day intensive will cover building a sturdy substrate, mixing and applying high-quality thin-set mortar, cutting with hammer and hardie, the classic tool of the Italian mosaic maestros, learning the nuances of andamento, the flow and pathways of mosaic. The field trip part of the workshop will include Rachel’s singular process of hunting and gathering for her material. This will be a challenging but also contemplative workshop and students will learn valuable cutting skills along with mosaic philosophy. You will leave with a 12” x 12” mosaic but more importantly you will take home specific knowledge of an ancient medium translated into a contemporary format.

Rachel Sager Mosaic Art RetreatsMaterials: Students are asked to bring work clothes, good walking shoes for field trips, an apron, safety glasses, and a stone hammer and hardie if possible. If you are serious about learning to work with stone, you are highly encouraged to invest in the hammer for this class. If not, you will have to share with others. Contact Rachel for information on where to purchase hammer and hardie. Logs to set the hardie into will be ready for you when you arrive. Students are also invited to bring some stone from their own native areas for identification and experimenting.

Details:

Extended Weekend Workshop: May 17-20, 2013
Friday: 7:00 – 9:00 PM, Orientation
Saturday: 9:00 – 5:00, Programming
Sunday: 9:00 – 5:00, Programming
Monday: 9:00 – 2:00, Programming

Weeklong Workshop: August 18-23, 2013
Sunday: 7:00 – 9:00 PM, Orientation
Monday: 9:00 – 5:00, Programming
Tuesday: 9:00 – 5:00, Programming
Wednesday: 9:00 – 5:00, Programming
Thursday: 9:00 – 5:00, Programming
Friday: 9:00 – 5:00, Programming and Clean-Up
Saturday: 10:00 AM Check-Out

Lodging and Meals: Touchstone Center offers full room and board in residence halls or cabins. More information is available here.
Cost: May Workshop Fee will be $300 + $100 Materials Fee + Your Choice Lodging/Meal Plan
August Workshop Fee will be $500 + $100 Materials Fee + Your Choice Lodging/Meal Plan
Registration: Official registration and lodging selections will be available soon through Touchstone; however, students are strongly encouraged to pre-register directly with Rachel.

Rachel Sager Mosaic Art RetreatsMore About Rachel: Rachel Sager Lynch, a Fayette County native, works on the cutting edge of the contemporary mosaic fine art movement. Her work has been represented in cities throughout the U.S. and internationally and has been awarded multiple Bests of Show in juried exhibitions. Her Marcellus Shale Series stands as a true Pittsburgh success story and her work is collected with passion by private clients and corporations all over the world. Her time spent studying with Italian maestros has shaped her mosaic philosophy and she brings these classical techniques home to her native Southwestern PA with its sandstone, limestone, slate and coal seams.

Registration or More Information here.

Rachel Sager’s Website is here.

Touchstone Center’s website is here.

Community Mosaic Mural Retreat in Haiti, 2013

5 Nov

Global Mosaic Project: Haiti
Community Mosaic Mural Project
with Laurel True
March 23 – March 29, 2013
$1796 per person, Double Occupancy

Global Mosaic Project, Haiti

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

Global Mosaic Project, HaitiBe part of a group of international mosaic artists participating in global outreach and voluntourism on this unique trip combining 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.

View of Jacmel, HaitiThis 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 is known for its laid-back atmosphere, beautiful beaches and abundance of artists and musicians. The architecture is reminiscent of New Orleans. Jacmel folks 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.

Global Mosaic Project, Haiti

Mosaic Haiti Itinerary

After our arrival in Port-au-Prince, we’ll visit a famous art gallery founded by musician Issa El Saieh, and enjoy lunch 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 Merebalais Hospital being built by Partners in Health. We’ll return to Port-au-Prince for our first evening together in Haiti.

Global Mosaic Project, HaitiThe 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 as well as 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 beaches and enjoy tropical juices or rums. Our last evening in Jacmel will include a project dedication and an evening of traditional Haitian music.

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

Accommodation & Reservation Details

Cost for this trip is $1,795 based on double occupancy in fine hotels in Port-au-Prince and Jacmel, Haitian/English-speaking tour guide, lux ground transportation, and delicious Haitian meals each day.

**Price does not include airfare to Haiti, or return airfare.
***Please note that $200 will be tax-deductible as a direct contribution to the ACFFC.

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.

Contact Lisa: globaladventures@me.com

More About Laurel

Laurel True, Global Mosaic ProjectLaurel True is based in New Orleans, and has maintained a professional studio practice in architectural, public, and fine art mosaics for over twenty years through her company, True Mosaics Studio. Her vibrant mosaics can be found in hospitals, parks, hotels, and in public, commercial and residential settings worldwide. Laurel teaches and lectures internationally and facilitates community-based mosaic projects through her organization The Global Mosaic Project. Laurel began working in Haiti in 2010, 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 almost twenty years. For more information, please visit www.TrueMosaics.com and www.acffc.org.

Global Mosaic Mural Project: Costa Rica 2013

17 Oct

Global Mosaic Tour: Costa Rica
Community Mosaic Mural Project
with Laurel True
January 10-19, 2013
$2225 Per Person

Global Mosaic Project Costa RicaBe 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. Share 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.

Global Mosaic ProjectTour participants will learn firsthand how to facilitate and create a mosaic mural while involving community members of all ages. Participants will experience a group mosaic-making 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.

Global Mosaic ProjectThis 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 is suitable 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, and 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

Global Mosaic ProjectProgram 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.

Contact Us: For additional information, please contact Stephanie Hall at 1-800-626-8992, ext. 10 or stephanie@ecoteach.com.

Info Links:

Registration and Nuts and Bolts Info

General Information

Inspirational Photo Gallery

Global Mosaic Project Facebook Page

Eco Teach Facebook Page

Laurel True, True Mosaics

Global Mosaic Project Costa RicaAwesome Itinerary for Trip:

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 mosaic‐making 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 peccaries, 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.

Itinerary Printable Version is here.

About Laurel True:

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 co‐founder 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 of 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.

Faces, Flowers and the Human Form: Mexico 2012

15 Oct

Mosaic Retreat: Mexico
Faces, Flowers & the Human Form in Mosaic
with Carol Shelkin
December 2 – 8, 2012

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Mosaic Art retreat Carol ShelkinJoin mosaic artist Carol Shelkin for her second week-long mosaic workshop and retreat in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Faces, Flowers & the Human Form in Mosaic is a unique make-it-your-own workshop only offered during weeklong sessions or weekend intensives.

Faces, Flowers and the Human Form will be held at Hacienda Mosaico, an artist-owned retreat located in a lush walled garden property within the Colonia Versalles. Hacienda Mosaico has been invited to be on the Puerto Vallarta Home Tour. Art abounds! Made-on-site mosaic tables and fused glass tableware serve to enhance your breakfast in this lush garden setting. Palm, mango, guayaba, and banana trees, along with flowering ginger, hibiscus, jasmine, bird of paradise as well as the ever-present bougainvillea create delight for all the senses. Workshop space includes swimming pool and inviting common areas.

Puerto Vallarta  is a tropical environment, and an inspiring place to be creative in the outdoor, setting, available for use 24/7! Join me! ~Carol

Highlights:

  • 6 nights / 7 days lodging at Hacienda Mosaico
  • Daily or evening instruction with Carol Shelkin
  • Sunday welcome reception with cocktails & traditional Mexican appetizers
  • Delicious full breakfasts & hearty lunches served poolside
  • Unlimited open outdoor studio time 24/7
  • Free time to explore Puerto Vallarta
  • Two optional excursions to museums / or sightseeing.
  • Saturday departure brunch
  • Wireless Internet – free!

More information about Carol Shelkin is here.

More information about Hacienda Mosaico is here.

Registration Information is here.

Mosaic Retreat in Costa Rica: November 2013

8 Oct

Mosaic Retreat: Costa Rica
Flora & Fauna
Carol Shelkin and Pam Goode
November 23 – December 1, 2013
$1960

Join us in the jungles of Costa Rica to work fauvist portraiture magic on local flora and fauna. Whether you’re drawn to the lush foliage and floral exotics of the rainforest or the brilliance of toucans, macaws, the Blue Morpho butterfly, or beady-eyed tree frogs, we’ll spend a week creating mosaic “portraits” of Costa Rican beauties.

We’ll explore forest paths, gardens, and sanctuaries on our first day, allowing ample time to capture the photographic images that make your heart go pittypat. We’ll then work to simply images for mosaic via photo editing and collage techniques. The rest of the week will be yours to work with the group or alone, with optional daily instruction, demos, and personal attention.

We’ll also schedule a free day for adventure activities, as well as one or two shorter excursions. At the top of the list will be a visit to nearby Arenal Volcano, as well as a good soak in the local hot springs.

Accommodations will be at Finca Luna Nueva Lodge, an eco-lodge and organic farm situated in a private rainforest preserve adjacent to the Children’s Eternal Rainforest. The lodge includes 7 rooms with bath and wrap-around porches, plus individual or family garden cabinas, pool, jacuzzi, and spa with a wide range of treatments available. Daily organic meals prepared onsite by a Slow Food Movement chef will be included. Special Request meals can be accommodated. All rooms are single accommodations with one queen bed. A very limited number of double accommodations may be available. Please contact for pricing if a spouse wishes to join you.

$1,960 price includes arrival and return shuttle for our group from San Jose Airport to Finca Luna Nueva (New Moon Farm), accommodations for seven nights (Saturday – Saturday), seven breakfasts, five lunches, and five dinners, one guided farm tour, one guided rainforest tour, six days of instruction including one-on-one time, and Welcome Reception. Students will be responsible for bringing materials, tools, and substrates. Optional activities at an extra cost include guided Arenal Volcano Lava Hike, two lunches and dinners in town, Butterfly Garden or Cloud Forest Tours, Zipline Canopy Tour, Rafting, or Hanging Bridge Canopy Tour. One day will be set aside for On Your Own Adventures. Airfare, local transportation (excluding airport shuttle), optional tours, alcohol and gratuities are not included in the trip cost. Class is limited to 12 participants.

Room selections will be made in order of full payments received.

Average high in November is 82; average low is 68.

For a tentative daily schedule or more information, please email Pam.

For more information about Carol Shelkin, please visit Carol’s website, or Carol’s class description.

For more information about Pam Goode, please visit Pam’s website or business page.

To register, please email Pam with name and contact info. Deposit of $500 (1/2) may be made through PayPal or by check. Payment in full must be completed by October 1, 2013.

Cancellation and refund policy:
All cancellations are subject to a 20% handling fee. For reservations cancelled 90 days or more before workshop, 50% is refundable. If cancelled less than 60 days before the workshop, 25% is refundable. If cancelled less than 45 days before the workshop, fee is non-refundable.

Should any workshop/retreat be canceled the entire amount paid will be refunded within fourteen days after the tour’s cancellation. Instructors have no obligation regarding any additional costs or fees related to the issuance and/or cancellation of airline tickets or other travel reservations. Instructors and Finca Luna Nueva Lodge accept no liability for any airline cancellation penalty incurred by the purchase of a non-refundable ticket or for canceled flights.

Travel Insurance
It is strongly recommended that all workshop participants purchase Trip Cancellation, Emergency Medical Evacuation, Baggage, Accident and Medical insurance from a reputable insurance company.

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