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Cape Town, South Africa Mosaic Retreat with Karla Duterloo

7 Feb

Cape Town, South Africa Mosaic Retreat
with Karla Duterloo
November 8 – 14, 2020
€1600 Euro per person

Always wanted to travel to South Africa but haven’t had a clue where to start planning?

Looking for a creative holiday destination that combines sightseeing with creating art?

If you’re looking for an opportunity to travel on your own, add a little adventure to your life and meet like minded people, enjoy having everything taken care of while enjoying new experiences — this might be just what you’re looking for.

Limited to a group of 8 participants.

 

What to Expect from this Creative Holiday

  • Be prepared to create three wonderful mosaic art works, learn new techniques, and work with a variety of materials.

  • Be prepared to sip our stunning wines or bubbles from time to time; we live literally adjacent to some famous vineyards.

  • Be prepared to experience breathtaking scenery, picturesque villages, friendly people, and different beaches at every turn. Our minivan and experienced driver will drive us around safely so we can soak up the beauty at our leisure.

  • Be prepared to be extremely busy this week with only great things to do, laugh, share stories and work, while experiencing another culture, making new friends, being creative and learn new skills, rejuvenate,relax and come back inspired.

  • Best thing however is you do not have to think about anything as we have it all covered: Airport transfer, excursions, further transports, entrance fees, wine tastings, mosaic materials, breakfast, most lunches and dinners, welcome and farewell drinks parties are all included and arranged for.


Accommodations

On our Atlantic Beach Estate  https://www.thelodgeatatlanticbeach.co.za/ you will stay at the Lodge, a five minute walk to our home where the studio is. The Lodge is 10 minute walk away from the beach so you will hearing the relaxing sounds of rolling waves throughout the day and night.  We have a pool at the Leisure center next to the Lodge, for you to use as a guest.

On the estate, you’ll see springboks jumping around on a daily basis, as it is the only golf course in the world where springboks are freely roaming over the full length of the course. Africa on your doorstep.

About the Mosaic Workshops

There will be over 20 hours of mosaic for us to cover; if youKarla 2 Art need more time, I can offer extended studio hours.

All mosaic materials and tools are all included in the price.

We’ll cover 3 different and unique styles of mosaic techniques designed by me. You can use these techniques to find your own voice in this medium.

The mosaic course is designed for beginners as well as more advanced students, as we all work on our own pace based on your mosaic experience. I do recommend having some experience in cutting techniques.

•   We’ll make a 20 x 20 cm (8″ x 8″) original abstract mosaic incorporating African Beadwork. You have now made your own souvenir from Africa!

•   We’ll explore a 20 x 20 cm (8″ x 8″) mosaic with paint and stacked beads only. The theme will be the inspiration from our surroundings, translated into an abstract landscape or a bird’s eye view scene. Another Cape Town souvenir in the pocket!

•   The last 20 x 20 cm (8″ x 8″)  mosaic we make is the one in which we combine all 3 techniques on a board. We’ll begin by painting and then add a combined mixture of beads and various mosaic materials on top of that.

Schedule

Sunday, November 8

17.00 – Until:   Welcome drinks and tapas dinner at the studio/house on the Estate, and get to know the other participants in a relaxing atmosphere. We’ll have an in-house art and mosaic tour and talk, while sipping bubbles from the region.

Monday, November 9

09.00 – 12.30:   Create an abstract mosaic with a beaded African artefact/ornament
12.30 – 13.00:   Lunch is served at the pool area
13.00 – 15.00:   Continue making mosaic
15.00 – 17.00:   Wine tasting at the nearby Wine Estate De Grendel https://degrendel.co.za
Evening free

Tuesday, November 10

09.00 – 13.30    Bead mosaic  “Ocean bird view scene”
13.30 – 14.00    Quick Lunch
14.00 – 20.00    Cape Town Excursion   www.waterfront.co.za/

Wednesday, November 11

09.00 -11.00     Mosaic course
11.00                 Departure for our excursion
12.30 – 14.00    Lunch at Spier     www.spier.co.za

14.30 – 16.30    Stellenbosch Galleries at Church Street, Town visit
16.30                 Sunset and drinks on the lawn of a wine farm
18.30                 Back at the hotel

Thursday November 12

09.00 – 11.00    Mosaic in the studio, third project begins
11.00 – 21.00    Box lunch as we tour the Cape peninsula, famous for beautiful scenery, beaches, and photo ops. Farmers market at Noordhoek vineyards. http://cpv.co.za/
19.30                  Head back to the hotel after rush hour; arrive around 21.00

Friday, November 13

09.00 – 12.30    Studio time to finish mosaic works and pack artwork for transport home
12.30 – 13.30    Lunch/relax at the house
13.30 – 16.00    Final touches on your mosaic artwork(s) and packaging
17.00 – 18.00    Drinks/canapés around the pool and evaluate the week
18.00                 Farewell Dinner at a seaside restaurant

Saturday, November 14

10.00                  Sadly checking out from our African adventure at the Lodge. Transport to the airport will be arranged. If you wish to extend your stay, please contact the hotel directly. If you travel further, we wish you a safe journey.

Terms  & Conditions

Price of the Mosaic and Art Retreat 2020
€1600 Euro per participant

What’s Included

  • Transport from and to CT International Airport

  • 6 nights luxury accommodation in double room with golf course views at the Atlantic Beach Estate Lodge including continental breakfast

  • Drinks and tapas on Sunday afternoon at the studio/house

  • Drinks and canapés on Friday afternoon next to the pool at the studio/house

  • Lunches at the studio, take away lunches and wine tastings. Entrance fees.

  • All tours mentioned in the itinerary

  • Mosaic course and most materials

What’s Not Included

  • Airfare tickets to and from Cape Town
  • Dinners in the evening (except from Sunday).  Local dinners are mostly inexpensive, between R100 and 200. Wine is around R40 for a generous glass.

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About Karla  

Karla Duterloo is an award winning artist with years of experience in the field of moshttps://static.wixstatic.com/media/ce3446_aaf8f49442294898a8019b91bfa0844f~mv2.jpg/v1/fill/w_276,h_275,al_c,q_80,usm_0.66_1.00_0.01/IMG_0009.webpaic. Her expertise as a mosaic artist has allowed her t o develop a truly authentic and unique style. This is particularly recognisable in her series of Nguni and other wild animal heads (buck, kudu, deer and buffalo). She has sold her animal heads to both local and international art collectors from over 20 different countries. Beyond the obvious beauty of each individual animal head (as not one is the same) there lies a deeper value within the collection as a whole.

Upon moving to South Africa Karla quickly realised the threat to the countries dwindling wildlife numbers. Her collection of animal heads serves as a vehicle to spark dialogue about this issue. Keeping the work connected to the land she incorporates a variety of locally sourced items such as different beads and beadwork seen throughout the collection. This led her to collaborate with local crafts men who shared their insight about traditional colours and the history of beading within African culture and craft.

The driving force behind Karla’s work is her love and passion for all things colour. She has a series of small 20 by 20 (cm) mosaics that play with colour and form. Beyond mosaic, she is also a skilled abstract painter and as of recently has been experimenting with a body of work that seamlessly merges the artistry of mosaic and abstract painting together as a cohesive whole. Her latest is a series of beadwork mosaics of bird-eye-view seascapes.

As an artist, she is constantly striving for that innovative edge that keeps her art modern, relevant and dynamic whilst always staying true to her own style.

​Karla initiated and organised 2 successful global Mosaic Charity Projects,  (London 2012 and Nepal 2013)  and has been working on a Charity Mosaic Art Project in a children hospital in Cape Town.

Karla her work is featured in the various international mosaic books. Previous exhibitions in the UK, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy and South Africa. Her work is held in private and corporate collections in over 20 countries.

For More Information or To Register:

Contact Karla!

Celebration of Color: Mosaic Workshop in South of France with Laurel True and Valerie Nicoladze

7 May

Community Project and Mosaic Workshop in the South of France
with Laurel True and Valerie Nicoladze
June 22 – 30, 2019

and / or

Celebration of Color: Mosaic Workshop in Provence 2019
Art and Inspiration in the South of France with Laurel True and Valerie Nicoladze
July 2 – 10, 2019

* Come with a friend and share a room and you both save $400!

 

Ready for an awesome MOSAIC RETREAT in the South of France this summer?

Join Laurel True and Valerie Nicoladze at Valerie’s beautiful Esprit Mosaïque Studio near Avignon in the South of France for one of TWO workshops that will leave you inspired for the rest of the year!

Both workshops are appropriate for any level student — NO mosaic or art experience necessary! Students make pieces to take home in both workshops, as well as experience Provence from an insider’s point of view.

Add farm to table food, wine tasting, art field trips, Provincial markets, exhibitions and more, and you’re looking at a fabulous week.

Jump in!

2019 Laurel Provence Collage 1

2019 Provence Group Collage

2019 Laurel Lavender and Projects

More Information for Week 1 is here:

More Information for Week 2 is here:

 

Mosaic Trifecta Tour with Bonnie Fitzgerald and Kim Wozniak

6 Apr

Magnificent Mosaic sites in Washington D.C., Philadelphia and NYC
with Bonnie Fitzgerald and Kim Wozniak
November 7 – 11, 2018
$1995 per person

Get ready to enjoy a rich and memorable week of mosaic sight-seeing, art history, private studio visits and great company. Your tour hosts will be Bonnie Fitzgerald, artist and founder of Maverick Mosaics, and Kim Wozniak, artist and owner of WitsEnd Mosaic and Smalti.com.

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Our adventure begins in Washington, D.C. We’ll visit sacred sites, including the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception as well as several unique and hidden gems in offices, city parks and municipal buildings. Our local treasured artist Megan Walsh shares her studio and gallery space with us.

Magic Gardens

On to Philadelphia’s Magic Garden. Isaiah Zagar’s has been creating public art mosaics in Philadelphia for over 30 years, and we’ll enjoy a docent-led private tour of his garden. Next, stop at Tiffany’s remarkable “Dream Garden” mosaic interpretation of Maxfield Parrish’s iconic painting show us a totally different kind of mosaic mastery. And no worries, we’ll make time for a Philly favorite, the famous “Cheesesteak.”

 

A short hop up the road in Bucks County, PA, we’ll visit the remarkable Glencarin Castle on the grounds of Bryn Athyn Cathedral, then settle in for the evening after visiting the artist village of New Hope. In the morning, it’s on to New York and another private studio visit at Miotto Mosaic Art Studios. This visit is by private invitation, and promises to be both memorable and enriching.

Chuck CloseOnce in mid-town Manhattan, we’ll enjoy a free afternoon and evening. Take in a Broadway show, a museum, visit Times Square or just have fun with your mosaic friends and colleagues. The next morning, we’ll explore the city’s subway mosaics. You’ll see a broad range of mosaic styles from magnificent mosaic signage created at the turn of the 20th century to recent installations including the Second Avenue Chuck Close works.

The Mosaic Trifecta Tour is designed for art enthusiasts and mosaic lovers. Space is limited. Visit maverickmosaics.com for details and quick links. For questions or additional information please give is a call at 703/856-5160.

INCLUDED
* Price includes daily breakfast
* 5 night’s hotel accommodations
* All ground transportation from our meeting place in Washington, D.C. through our arrival in New Your City, where we will transition to public transportation
* All admission fees, guide/docents fees, bus driver tips and subway tokens

NOT INCLUDED
* Airfare

NOTE: Trip originates in Washington, D.C. and concludes in New York City.

TO REGISTER
Our travel and logistics partner, A La Carte Travel, is a leader in providing educational institutions with affordable access to learning opportunities. Learn more here: www.alacartetravel.com/maverick-dc-2018

Bonnie Fitzgerald 2018ABOUT BONNIE
Bonnie Fitzgerald is the founder and owner of Maverick Mosaics. She has been dedicated to nurturing and expanding creative expression through the art and community of mosaic art since the mid 2000’s. Maverick Mosaics’ educational focus is to Open Doors to your creativity, pique your urge for adventure, and heighten your sense of discovery. From history lessons to cultural achievements to breathtaking natural wonders travel changes who we are. Since 2012 Bonnie, has been leading international tours and teaching workshops abroad. 2018 takes us to mosaic sites in the USA, Italy and Slovenia. Our 7th trip to the amazing Hacienda Mosaico in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is scheduled for January 2019.

Kim WozniakABOUT KIM
Kim Wozniak is trained in art and architectural design, and has found her voice in mosaics. After leaving the corporate world Kim reclaimed her creative spirit by combining her love of art and building materials. Her rule-breaking style was quickly recognized in the mosaic community and has led her to create both public and private installations throughout the United States, and her fine art mosaics are exhibited internationally. Kim was one of three Americans representing the United States in Ravenna, Italy at the prestigious 2011 juried biennial exhibition: Ravenna Mosaico and Works of the World. She has studied the medium of mosaics with masters from Italy, Mexico and the US. Her work has been featured in several publications including The Craft Report, Breakout, Mosaic Art Abstracts and many other publications. Bonnie and Kim shared an Artist Residency at the Olive Stack Gallery in Listowel, Ireland for one month in 2018. They have traveled together extensively, including two trips to Italy and the Cottage in Wisconsin.

 

Israel Mosaic and Holy Land Workshop

18 Jan

Israel Mosaic and Holy Land Workshop,
with Sibel Hananel and Dafna Birger
October 3 – 14, 2018
$3300, Double Occupancy; $4300, Single Occupancy

Mosaics in IsraelThe plans for Kismet Mosaic’s second annual trip have been finalized. Our destination is the beautiful and historical Holy Land, Israel. Sibel Hananel, an avid mosaic artist from Israel, has been instrumental in the planning of this trip and join us on our incredible journey.

We’ll engross ourselves in rich history, beautiful art and museums, biblical sites, mosaic sites and spend 3 full days in a mosaic workshop. Come join us for this once in a lifetime trip.Mosaic by Dafna Birger

Workshop: Embroidery in Stone

A 3-day (5 hours per day) stone mosaic workshop is included in the tour. We’ll create a carpet design, 25×25 cm, working with a special tool for stones. We’ll learn all the steps of making a stone mosaic work, from cutting and laying the tesserae to andamento, color combinations and other tips from Dafna’s stone mosaic technique.

Itinerary

  • Oct 3:  Arrive Ben Gurion Airport, drive to Jerusalem; welcome dinner and overnight Jerusalem
  • Oct 4:  Visit Jerusalem Old City and Israeli Antiquity Authority where they restore antique mosaics. Jerusalem visit and free time for dinner at Mamila Center; overnight Jerusalem
  • Oct 5:  Visit Israel Museum, Yad va Shem, Holocaust Museum (optional), Mahne Yehuda Market, Dead Sea, Good Samaritans Mosaic Museum, St. Gerasimos Church (Deir Hajla) mosaics; dinner and overnight at Kibboutz Kalia Guest hotel
  • Mosaics in IsraelOct 6:  Dead Sea Mud Bath, Qumran, ride and overnight in Tiberias
  • Oct 7:  Tiberias, Sea of Galilee. Visit mosaic and biblical sites, dinner, overnight Tiberias
  • Oct 8:  Ride to Tel Aviv; visit Haifa and Caesarea antique mosaic site; overnight Tel Aviv
  • Oct 9:  Tel Aviv highlights: Old Jaffa, Neve Zedek, Nahalat Binyamin; overnight Tel Aviv
  • Oct 10:  3-Day Workshop with Dafna Birger, 10 – 5 daily; overnight Tel Aviv
  • Oct 11:  Workshop with Dafna Birger, visit Tel Aviv Museum; overnight Tel Aviv
  • Oct 12:  Workshop with Dafna Birger; overnight Tel Aviv
  • Oct 13:  Free day to explore Tel Aviv, beaches; overnight Tel Aviv
  • Oct 14:  Check out and transfer to the airport for departure home

Included

  • Mosaics in Israel11 nights, 12 days
  • All hotels (rated 4-star by Trip Advisor)
  • 3 museum entrances: (1 in Jerusalem – Israel museum), (1 in Dead Sea – Qumran entrance) and (1 in Tel Aviv – Israel Art Museum)
  • Transportation, driver and transfers
  • Professional guide for 5 days
  • Full-time service of a professional tour leader

Mosaics in IsraelNot Included

  • Airfare
  • Tips for tour guide, driver, hotel housekeeping
  • Trip Insurance (We’re working on a group plan if you wish to purchase. NOTE: Trip insurance is STRONGLY advised)

About the Instructor and Organizers

Sibel Hananel:
I am originally Turkish and lived all my life in Istanbul until four years ago. I was a tourist guide for Israeli people in Antalya, Bodrum, Marmaris and Istanbul for 15 years. Seven years ago I started to mosaic, and since then I’m into mosaics more than everything else in my life. Four years ago, my father was very ill and we immigrated to Israel for the treatments. I needed to work but did not know on what. I was in contact with some great mosaic artists across the world and asked Giulio Menossi if he could give a workshop; this is how i started to bring mosaic masters to Israel and Istanbul.
I’ve organized workshops with:
Giulio Menossi: 5 workshops in Israel and 2  in Istanbul
Mia Tavonatti: 2 workshops
John Sollinger: 2 workshops and two more planned
Dino Maccini: 4 workshops in Israel
Laura Rendlen: 3 workshops
Leenart Koorman: Dutch portraiture painter and acrylic modern portraiture painting class
Presentation Evenings: Artists named above and Lilian Broca
Mosaic Mural: On 2014 we had a very serious war and in this war time, under the sirens, I organized all my mosaic artist friends to create a mosaic mural for the children’s department at Barzilay Hospital in Ashkelon. The design was created and donated by dearest, great artist and friend Lilian Broca.
I also import mosaic tools, chopping machines, glass and natural stones that we do not have in Israel.
I’m very excited to show you MY ISRAEL.

Dafna Birger
My family was among the founders of the community about 100 years ago, and in 1996, after a longer career of 25 years in the IDF and academic studies, I turned to the field of art and creativity. Prior to my retirement I studied goldsmithing, a carpentry course of the Ministry of Labor and painting on wood by the best artists in these fields. I opened a studio in the yard of Kfar Malal in 1988, with the help of my husband who is in charge of the logistics fields, and in 2004 I started practicing mosaic art.

Carrie Seabrook
Owner of Kismet Mosaic since November 2015. Began my mosaic life in early 2014.
Was in the IT field as computer programmer for 30 years. My current life is surrounded by mosaic. I can’t get enough! Aside from creating mosaic art whenever I can, I took over ownership of Kismet Mosaic so that could bring delightful mosaic pieces to everyone. I love to travel and thus wanted to join my love of mosaic with ancient, beautiful locations.

For More Information or To Register

Please email Carrie (carrie@kismetmosaic.com) or call (856-777-2155) for detailed information.

 

Italy Tour + Ravenna Festival with Kismet Mosaic

21 Mar

Mosaic Inspiration: A Tour in Italy during International Festival of Contemporary Mosaics with Mini-Workshop
Kismet Mosaic
October 3 – 10, 2017

4400 €

Italy with Kismet MosaicJoin us as we take a tour of the rich mosaic history of Italy that culminates in Ravenna during the International Festival of Contemporary Mosaics. This tour is geared towards travelers who want to ‘see’ great works of mosaic art versus many days of workshops. We will also visit factories that make some of the finest mosaic glass. If you are new to mosaic art or want to find inspiration, then this is your trip.

The tour starts in Milan to see the wonderful mosaics in two of its main churches.  The journey moves next to Venice, where the gold of mosaics is reflected in the lagoon.
Italy with Kismet MosaicA short tour of Effetre Murano is planned to see their amazing Millefiori. (Bring an empty suitcase for products you want to buy.) We also visit Fornace Orsoni, one of the finest smalti factories in Italy. Moving on the Adriatic Coast, we will visit Friuli Venezia Giulia where mosaics have been preserved dating back to the 4th-11th centuries. A tour of Spilimbergo mosaic art school is planned. Finally, we go to Ravenna, the capital of mosaics where we will participate in the International Festival. A workshop will be planned in Ravenna based on the traveler’s desires. If you want to extend your end date, then take a workshop in Ravenna for extended days. If you can only spend the 8 days on this tour, then take a partial day workshop in Ravenna.

Italy with Kismet MosaicThe tour is curated by Silvia Togni, who was born in Ravenna and worked many years in a mosaic arts factory. Mosaic is her passion and she specializes in thematic itineraries. This specific trip has been designed for a limited number of travelers (about 10) to keep it small and personal, and thus the higher price.

Itinerary:

  • Milan
  • Venice
  • Murano
  • Spilimbergo School
  • Ravenna
  • International Festival of Contemporary Mosaics

Italy with Kismet MosaicHighlights:

  • Four star hotels
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners are included
  • All tour admissions are included
  • Transportation and transfers all included
  • Full–time service of a professional tour leader
  • All tips for guides and drivers included

$500 deposit to hold a spot

Contact carrie@kismetmosaic.com for detailed information.

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Mixed Media Mosaics on Cape Cod

2 Mar

Mixed Media Mosaics on Cape Cod with Amy Marks
September 29 – October 2
, 2017
Workshop Fees:
 2-Day Workshop, $240 
(includes materials)
Housing Fee: 2 nights: $110, 3 nights: $160

Enjoy the beauty of Cape Cod in the company of other mosaic artists.

In the 2-day mixed media workshop, we’ll create either an 8” x 10″ wall hanging or a 10” x 10″ mirror. You’ll learn how to create your own tesserae with polymer clay using a variety of techniques including stamping, painting, and gold leafing. You’ll also learn how to embellish glass tiles, transfer images onto clay, and mosaic with beads.  You’ll combine all three media into an abstract mosaic that is not grouted. This class is open to students at all levels.

 

Accommodations
Accommodations will be at The House on Koi Pond, featuring two bedrooms with queen beds, one with 2 twin beds and second floor bedroom with small bed. This delightful cottage has 2.5 bathrooms, a fully stocked kitchen, dining area and living room. The workshop will be held in the beautiful all-season enclosed deck overlooking 1.5 beautifully landscaped acres. We’ll be near Nauset Light Beach, part of the Cape Cod National Sea Shore, and right on the Cape Cod Bike Trail which goes all the way to Provincetown. More information on Koi Pond House here.

Friday, September 29, 2017  (Tour Day)
After check in at the House on Koi Pond, we’ll visit the Cultural Center of Cape Cod in South Yarmouth, MA to see the New England Mosaic Society’s Member Exhibition. Then, onto the Church of the Transfiguration in Orleans to view Byzantine-style mosaics made in the studio of Alessandra Caprara in Ravenna, Italy. Weather permitting, we’ll take a walk at Nauset Light Beach, part of the National Seashore and end the day with a mouth-watering seafood dinner at one of the Cape’s wonderful restaurants.

Saturday, September 30, 2017
We’re two steps from the Cape Code Bike Trail. Start the day with a bike ride or walk on the trail followed by breakfast. The workshop begins at 9 and ends at 4:30 with Happy Hour on the deck. There is an hour for lunch (or you can keep working!) when you can enjoy the beautifully yard, take a walk, relax by Koi Pond, listen to a waterfall or get to know other mosaic artists. We can all go out to dinner or you can have dinner in and continue working on your project during open studio time.

Sunday, October 1, 2017
We’ll follow the same schedule as Saturday, but will break around 4:00 for a “Show and Tell” where workshop participants will show others what they’ve done and share what they’ve learned. For those staying Sunday evening, a dinner excursion is available, as well as extended mosaic time.

Monday, October 2, 2017
We say good-bye to the each other and the House on Koi Pond, but not before a final bike ride or walk on the Cape Cod Bike Trail. On your way home, take a leisurely trip back along scenic route 6A with stops at galleries. In Sandwich, visit the Sandwich Glass Museum and see a live demo of glass making, as well as see samples of glass made from the 1800s to today.

Housing Costs: 2 nights: $110, 3 nights: $160. 
Note: If needed, additional accommodations will be provided at a nearby timeshare if space is available.

Not Included


Food, tours, entrance fees and transportation are not covered. I encourage everyone to bring food so we can pool for breakfasts, lunches and snacks. That way we can enjoy our surroundings and keep costs to a minimum.

Fine Print

If we do not get 4 registrants for the workshop, the workshop will be cancelled and you will get a 100% refund. If you cancel within 30 days of the retreat, you will be charged a $20 administrative fee, which will be taken from your deposit.

About the Instructor: Amy Marks creates textural, mixed media mosaics with a rich color palette. She currently serves as President of the New England Mosaic Society.

For More Information or To Register: Contact Amy @ amyloumarks@gmail.com.

 

Spring in Todos Santos with Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art

28 Dec

Spring in Todos Santos, Mexico
with Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art
April 2 – 8, 2017 OR
April 9 -15, 2017
$1,699.00, Double Occupancy

Imagine creating art with spectacular ocean views to inspire you, beautiful gardens and pools to relax you, and a personal chef to prepare gourmet meals to sustain you. This is just the beginning of the Todos Santos mosaic art retreat.

Todos Santos with Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art

Todos Santos with Santa Barbara School of Mosaic ArtYou’ll spend one full week creating mosaic art in one of the most creative and peaceful settings on the Baja Peninsula, the pueblo magico of Todos Santos. Accommodations for this retreat will be at the beautiful boutique hotel, Los Colibris Casitas. Los Colibris has 8 wonderfully inviting casitas, each with comfortable beds, great bathrooms and private patios from which you can enjoy the amazing scenery and ocean views. The infinity pool and hot tub are great for star gazing and observing the humpback and grey whales that are often visitors at certain times of year.

These workshops are created with the beginner in mind.  We just ask that you come with a creative spirit and fun positive energy!

At this retreat students will learn how to create a mosaic with Mexican smalti, the vibrant and wonderful glass tiles from Cuernavaca Mexico.  Participants will learn how to create a design or abstract.  We’ll then move on to deciding color choices, how to lay out the design, proper cutting techniques and proper adhesion.

Todos Santos is an artist colony on the Tropic of Cancer, just one hour north of Cabo San Lucas, but an entire world away. Nestled next to 70 miles of pristine, undeveloped beach, Todos Santos is famous for the remarkable quality of its light, which drew the first American artists from Taos in the 1980s. Since then, artists of all stripes and nationalities have populated the town, which is a charming reflection of their passions with wonderful restaurants, art galleries, and shops. The people of Todos Santos are warm and welcoming, and love sharing the pleasures of their hometown with visitors. The beaches of nearby Pescadero and Cerritos are added bonuses.

Retreat Price:  $1,699.00 (based on double occupancy).

Included:

  • Airport transfer on arrival and departure (within time frames)Todos Santos with Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art
  • 6 nights lodging at Los Colibris
  • Sunday evening welcome dinner and reception
  • 5 full breakfasts & 5 lunches  by local Chef Iker
  • Last night cooking class and dinner with Chef Iker
  • Refreshing agua fresca throughout the work day
  • Evening transportation into town
  • Partial materials for mosaic piece

Instruction: 5 days from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.  More work time will be available if desired.

Todos Santos with Santa Barbara School of Mosaic ArtYou’ll have plenty of free time to explore Todos Santos and its surrounding areas. Popular activities include hiking, beach walks, whale watching, gallery strolls, and shopping. There will also be excursion options that can be booked through Todos Santos Eco Adventures if you choose to extend your stay. Massage and yoga are offered at Los Colibris (Los Colibris’ yoga deck sits at the highest point of the property on the tropic of cancer, and has one of the most amazing views of the Pacific). Room selections will be made in order of full payments received. Here are a few websites to check out: Los Colibris Hotel, Todos Santos Eco Adventures, Todos Santos Eco Adventures Facebook, and Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art.

For More Information or to Register: Read more here. Email Tami here or call 805.703.4291.

About Tami:

Mosaics in MexicoI’m a professional mosaic artist and teacher. I’ve been creating art all my life, and mosaic art for almost 20 years. In 2009 I started the Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art based on my love for mosaic art and desire to share my passion with other creative people.

I’ve vacationed in Todos Santos several times in the past four years and have stayed at Los Colibris each trip.  I love the rustic and quaint feeling of Todos Santos, and Los Colibris is the perfect location for the accommodations and creating a wonderful environment for this mosaic retreat.

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Create Your Own Mosaic Workshop in Mexico with Carol Shelkin

9 Oct

Create Your Own Mosaic Workshop in Mexico with Carol Shelkin
February 5 – 11, 2017
February 12 – 18, 2017   FULL
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
$1850 per person, Double Occupancy

This workshop encourages you to experience and use stained glass, tempered glass, smalti, tile, air-dry clay or any material of your choosing to create a realistic or abstract design. All levels are welcome, from Beginner to Advanced students.

Carol Shelkin WorkshopSome Options Include:
Option 1: Mosaic in a painterly fashion and understanding realism in mosaic art with stained glass or tiles.
Option 2: Tempered Glass: Creating an abstract design with the layering technique using mementos and other embellishments like: clay pieces, jewelry, stained glass foil papers, glitter etc.
Option 3: Working with Clay tiles in Mosaic: Work with NEW and exciting air-dry clay to create tiles for embedding in your mosaic design.
Option 4: BRING WHAT YOU WANT!

There will be lessons on shading, color, balance and understanding how to apply these materials and techniques to any mosaic style.

Hacienda MosaicoMosaic is unique to all students and my goal is to help each student ONE-TO-ONE and in an optional collaborative environment develop and find their own techniques, styles and voice. There will be professional artist tricks taught. Other subjects will include: composition, presenting artwork to gallery owners, exhibitions, building a resume, pricing, shipping, framing – or not framing, photographing your mosaic art and much more. During this week: bring questions! We will have time for lots of one-to-one instruction. No questions will go unanswered!

Whether you want to try something new, jump start your creative side, or take your work to the next level, it will be a most inspiring week full of art in the tropics!

All participants will be contacted by Carol in advance to be sure you have a list of supplies.

The beach is within walking distance along with two cafes one block away for mini snacks, dinner options and my favorite: fresh fruit smoothies!

About the Instructor: Carol Shelkin, with studios just outside of Philadelphia, is a Carol Shelkin Workshopprofessional artist with over 25 years teaching experience. She attended PA Academy of the Fine Arts, USA, and Scuola Nazionale del Mosaico Restauro in Ravenna, Italy. She has shown her work both nationally and internationally in juried shows and galleries with her mosaic artwork  found in public installations and private collections. She has been invited to be a Presenter and Instructor at the Mosaic Association of Australia and New Zealand (MAANZ) Summit, the Society of American Mosaic Artists’ yearly conference, and also offers workshops in Costa Rica, Canada, Spain, Morocco, Australia, Italy, Mexico and throughout the USA. Carol is a founding member and President of the Mosaic Society of Philadelphia, a member of the Society of American Mosaic Artists and a juried member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen.

Visit Carol’s website here. Contact Carol here.

TO REGISTER:

Contact Sam at Hacienda Mosaico. A $500 deposit is required for registration. More about Hacienda Mosaico here.

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Mosaic, Yoga, Creative Writing in Bali

5 Sep

Mosaic, Yoga, Creative Writing in Bali, Indonesia
with Christine Kenneally and Cait Scudder
January 6 – 14, 2017
$2450 Per Person Double Occupancy, Before October 1, Singles Available
$250 Discount if You Sign Up with a Friend

Mosaic Art RetreatsDo you long to inhabit your life more fully? Are you ready to transform old stories that keep you small, rearrange the pieces and start living from your most expansive, expressive self? Do you long to embody your divine feminine essence and let your radiance shine? Do you desire connection with sisters that raise your vibration and empower your purpose? Are you ready to receive and be led by the abundant, ever-present flow of life in and around you? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you know it is time. This retreat is for you!

Join us for this 9-day, 8-night journey of a lifetime on the magical island of Bali:

·  Yoga, Breath Work & Embodied Movement
·  Creative Writing & Expression Exercises to Strengthen Voice & Invoke Transformation
·  Daily Lessons in the Ancient Alchemical Art of Mosaic – Return home with several original pieces!
·  Traditional Balinese Blessing Ceremony with Local Priest & Priestess
·  Mantra, Singing and Chanting for Heart Opening and Chakra Activation
·  Sisterhood, Sacred Circle Rituals, Visualization and more!

Included:

  • Accommodation (double occupancy) with daily housekeeping service
  • All VEGETARIAN meals at the retreat center, which include breakfasts, lunches, dinners and refreshments
  • Complimentary drinking water for the duration of the retreat — we offer mountain spring water which is UV filtered
  • Mosaic Art RetreatsFree WIFI Access (use own laptop)
  • A complimentary massage at the retreat center spa, and additional spa services available
  • Airport Transfer from Ubud to the retreat center
  • Guided Trek to the local Bali Hindu temple in the mountain forest
  • All materials and tools for making mosaics. We provide a variety of materials (glass, pottery, stone, etc) and the substrates for building the mosaics on as well as adhesive and grout. We provide hand tools for cutting materials. If you would like, you may bring any special objects you would like to incorporate into your mosaics. We will be working in a variety of techniques, both direct and indirect. You will make a series of several small mosaic wall panels, and if you wish, you can make a unique piece of wearable mosaic art — jewelry!

A word about the food:

The retreat center restaurant uses the freshest produce, organically grown when possible. The menu features both Western and Asian cuisine including many Balinese specialties.

They cater for vegetarian/vegan preferences, gluten-free, soy free, lactose intolerance and special diets when required. They introduce as many fresh local products as possible when in season.

Leaders:

Mosaic Art RetreatsChristine Kenneally is a mosaic artist and instructor from Easthampton, MA. She has been teaching the art of mosaics to adults and teens since 2007 and falls in love with the creative process every time she witnesses a student experience it. Her personal mosaic work is inspired by nature and light and of the potential for healing and re-telling a story through bringing together broken pieces.

Mosaic Art RetreatsCait Scudder, MAT, RYT-500is a yoga teacher, writer and vitality coach who leads workshops and retreats on creativity, yoga and the art and practice of transformation around the world. She is passionate about creating safe spaces that build community, unleash flow, and inspire a return to the big questions of Who We Are and Why We Are Here. Her joyful leadership empowers others to witness and celebrate the fullness of who they are and courageously expand and express their unique gift to the world from a place rooted in authenticity, cultivated practice and activated joy.

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Exterior Installations in Mexico with Bonnie Fitzgerald

1 Aug

Architectural Installations, Exterior Mosaics & Community Projects with Bonnie Hacienda Yucca CropBonnie Fitzgerald
January 15 -20, 2017
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
$1,875 Per Person, Double Occupancy

This is Bonnie Fitzgerald and Maverick Mosaics’ 5th trip to the Hacienda. We’re honored and very excited to be invited back to teach at the amazing educational environment that is Hacienda Mosaico.

Mosaics in MexicoThe primary focus of this workshop is exterior and large-scale mosaics and installations. For new students, this is the perfect opportunity to learn all about large-scale installations and community mosaic projects. Our workshop will guide you through the process of designing, fabricating and installing large-scale permanent mosaics for exterior or interior architectural settings. Each student will create several “studies” using various indirect mosaic techniques and a wide variety of materials. These exercise studies are invaluable, offering students’ time to explore materials and techniques that work best for projects they have in mind. Students are welcome to take their studies home for future reference. Additionally, you will gain experience in collaborative design, fabrication, and installation as a group by creating an architectural mosaic as a gift to the Hacienda.

Mosaics in Mexico

Mosaics in MexicoAlternate Focus: All students are welcome to create their own workshop and work on personal projects of any scale. Instructor will work with students one-on-one in advance to ensure you arrive at the Hacienda with appropriate materials. If you wish to create a personal mosaic to take home, you must submit a design concept to instructor in advance so materials can be sourced. Students are responsible for bringing their materials and the appropriate hand tools to cut their selected tesserae (mosaic pieces). Workshop includes a host of valuable hand-out materials and resource information.

All skill levels are welcome. Mosaic experience is helpful but not necessary.

Mosaics in MexicoA comprehensive presentation and lecture will cover creative and technical approaches best suited for community work. When many hands are involved there is magic to the art created, but there are lots of important planning steps to be considered. We will review the process of budgeting and bidding jobs, and share ideas for developing projects, recruiting and managing volunteers, and ways to gain the support of your local community. Students interested in exploring techniques to create a community based project will participate in a series of exercises to help master the appropriate method for their future projects. Materials list & instructions on packing will be sent after registration.

Mosaics in MexicoFor our gift mural to the Hacienda we’ll create a mosaic work in mixed materials and install the piece on Hacienda property using thin-set mortar. Everyone will gain valuable experience by participating in this hands-on exercise. In 2016 we created “Three Amigos” which are installed poolside to serenade you during meals!

Students are invited to a Hacienda welcome reception on Sunday evening, January 15. During our week together there will be tons of learning and lots of free time to explore Puerto Vallarta, shop or relax. After dinner each evening we offer optional instructor-supervised open studio. Students depart Saturday, January 21.

2017 Workshop Fee: $1,875

Included
Welcome Reception
6 Nights Lodging
5 Days of Instruction
5 Breakfasts & Lunches on Workshop Days Served Poolside
Unlimited Studio Use 24/7
Saturday Departure Brunch
Instructor will provide appropriate adhesives and a wide variety of mosaic materials; students are asked to contribute a small amount of materials for exercises and must bring their own mosaic hand tools.

To Register
A $500 deposit is required to reserve your spot. Maverick Mosaics is accepting payment for this workshop, via credit card, bank wire or check. A 3% discount is extended for cash or check payment. Contact instructor for details.

Please consider Trip Insurance

Mosaics in MexicoAbout the Instructor
Bonnie Fitzgerald is an artist, educator and author. As a past Executive Board Member of the Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA), Bonnie has long been instrumental in raising awareness of mosaic as an art form throughout the United States. Bonnie teaches workshops throughout North America, including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, and leads study tours to destinations in Europe. She is the author of Guide to Mosaic Techniques (2015) and 300+ Mosaic Tips, Techniques, Templates and Trade Secrets (2012), which have been translated into 5 languages. To learn more, visit maverickmosaics.com and bonniefitzgeraldart.com.

Take a Look!
To “see” the Hacienda experience have a look at the video from our 2013 trip.

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