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Mosaic Kaleidoscope: Exploring Color, Inspiration and Creativity with Laurel True

16 Jul

Mosaic Kaleidoscope: Exploring Color, Inspiration and Creativity
with Laurel True
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
November 9 – 15, 2014

Mosaic Workshop MexicoIn this five-day workshop artist Laurel True will guide students through an inspirational week of creative exploration as they create a colorful, kaleidoscopic, radial mosaic that reflects their personal style and inspiration.  A kaleidoscope in its traditional form creates a symmetrical pattern of color and radiance through the placement and reflection of mirror and glass. Students will repurpose this concept under the guidance of True, as they design and create a 18” round kaleidoscopic mosaic using their choice of colored and stained glass, mirror, fused glass elements and more. True will demonstrate the use of various tools to achieve desired cuts and shapes, and offer tips for precision setting techniques for grouted and non-grouted mosaics. Various exercises will encourage students to stretch their creative potential and run with their inspirations as they explore color, materials and texture.  This unique workshop will focus both on mosaic creation and identifying and bringing into form our creative desires, opening participants to a more cosmic approach to art-making.

Mosaic Workshop MexicoThe final day of the workshop will include the group-creation of a Global Mosaic Project with participation by workshop participants and Hacienda Mosaico staff. The class will create a small mosaic kaleidoscope mural to be installed at Hacienda Mosaico, thus giving students a chance to experience personal and collective mosaic-making, as well as mosaic creation on both intimate and larger scales.

Optional Excursions Include:

Trip to Syulita, a celebratory dinner on the beach, a gallery stroll, and fabulous dinners out in Puerto Vallarta.

All levels. No art or mosaic experience necessary.

Cost: $1,850

Mosaic Workshop MexicoCost Includes:

  • 6 nights lodging at Hacienda Mosaico (based on double occupancy)
    Breakfast and Lunch Daily
  • 5 Days Mosaic Instruction
  • Participation in Global Mosaic Project

Not Included:

  • Airfare
  • Dinners
  • Personal Expenses

Mosaic Workshop MexicoLearn More:

Learn more about Laurel here. Learn more about Hacienda Mosaico here.

For Information and Registration:

Contact Sam: info@haciendamosaico.com

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.


  • 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:

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.

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!

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.

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