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Flora + Fauna of Costa Rica with Carol Shelkin and Pam Goode

28 May

Flora + Fauna in Costa Rica with Carol Shelkin and Pam Goode
January 9 – 17, 2016
San Ramon Area, Costa Rica
$1960 per person, Double Occupancy; $2360 Single Occupancy

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Farm Trail, © Pam Goode

“Up at 5:45, and I’ve already missed the sunrise. I go to breakfast early to do some writing, and all nine of us are already there, ready to take on the day. We scarf down eggs cooked with tomato, beans and rice, half-dollar-sized cornmeal cakes, rustic bread, buffalo cheese (fabulous), buffalo yogurt, and carambola (starfruit) jam. As soon as I finish, I miss the tastes. By 9:00 we’re gathered for our tour of the organic farm, and before we hit the path, our guide Ishmael has already shown us a tree full of toucans (yesterday a flock of parakeets flew overhead); jackfruit, which can weight up to 75 pounds and often hangs bulbously and pimpled in an unseamly flop between forks in the tree; and the fruit of the Lipstick tree, a beautifully freakish hairy and crimson pod used to color lipsticks, cheddar cheese, fingers (oops) and cheetos. Just beyond, Ishmael moves beneath a large bush, reaches both hands overhead to grasp an oblong yellow fruit, and begins twisting it on the stem until it snaps. About a foot long, this is cacao, the mother of chocolate. Smashed once against a trunk, the pod opens to reveal a white slime, which we’re encouraged to taste, and it is deliciously sweet/tart with the faintest hint of bitter chocolate. Later Ishmael hands us the halves of several nerf-ball-sized green orbs with fleshy spikes, with a thicker white goo-ish interior. This is anonas, or custard apple, also known as ice cream fruit, and the most sublime mouthful I’ve ever tasted. I eat more than my share, scooping out the custard with my fingers and licking it up eagerly.” ~ Pam Goode, Costa Rica Retreat, 2013

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Firing Up the Pizza Oven, © Pam Goode

Mosaic Workshop Costa Rica

Baby Ocelot

Costa Rica, how we’ve missed you! Our 2016 retreat will combine onsite organic farm and rainforest tours, an adventure or two (think water safaris, hot springs, butterfly gardens, lava hikes), and a possible community outreach project in a neighboring village. Accommodations will be at glorious Finca Luna Nueva (New Moon Farm), a sustainable rainforest ecolodge and certified organic biodynamic farm with single or double lodge and cabin accommodations (triples and quads also available), fabulous organic food grown and prepared onsite, panoramic open-air workspace, wifi, ionized pool, jacuzzi, and spa. Optional activities at an extra cost include guided Arenal Volcano Lava Hike, Butterfly Garden or Cloud Forest Tours, Zipline Canopy Tour, Rafting, or Hanging Bridge Canopy Tour. And surprise! There’s a new baby ocelot wandering around 🙂

INCLUDED

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  • Transfer from Juan Santamaria Airport in San Jose to the Lodge and Return Transfer
  • Eight Nights Accommodation (rooms will be assigned in the order received)
  • Seven Breakfasts, Seven Lunches, Seven Dinners
  • One Guided Farm Tour
  • One Guided Rainforest Tour
  • 5-Day Mosaic Workshop and Open Studio Time
  • Access to the Secondary Rainforest and Primary Rainforest

 

 

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Open Air Work Space

NOT INCLUDED

  • Airfare To and From Costa Rica
  • Optional Tours and Activities
  • Transportation for Optional Tours or Local Transportation (Arrangements Provided)
  • Offsite Meals
  • Trip Insurance (Recommended)
  • Gratuities
  • Departure Tax of $29
  • Alcohol, If Available

Mosaic WorkshopsAVAILABLE OUTINGS

  • Optional activities at an extra cost include guided Arenal Volcano Lava Hike, 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. We will choose as a group, but additional free time during the week is always an option.
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Birds at Rest, Penas Blancas, CR, © Pam Goode

“The river is magnificent. The banks are almost vertical for twelve feet in many places, and covered with ferns and far too many tree species to taken in, several easily 200 feet. The occasional bamboo stand seems to have been caught in a cyclone, with every trunk twisted counterclockwise from the ground up into one reedy giantess, her broad stride twisting to a skinny waist and then flayed out against the sky again. We see a large family of howler monkeys noisily leaping through the trees, and a pair of white-faced capuchins, a fairly rare sighting here according to our guide. A snowy egret on the bank holds a flash of silvery fish at the tip of his beak, his black legs and bright yellow toes a vibrant contrast to his starkly white curl of a body. I anticipate that, like me, most of the wildlife will choose to shelter deep in the trees until the rains pass, but when we spy flocks of birds, they’re almost always outlined against the clouds on leafless branches, one breed with fabulously outstretched wings at rest, as if ready to take off and soar when they hear the call. I think I have a new animal spirit.” ~ Pamela Goode, Costa Rica Retreat 2013

NEED TO KNOW

  • Retreat has a minimum of 6  and a maximum of 10. Please reserve early, but don’t make flight reservations until notified that we’ve met the minimum.
  • Participants will bring their own materials; details to follow. Packing Tips here.
  • Photos from our 2013 Retreat are here.

GOOD TO KNOW

  • Temperatures  for January average High 73, Low 59, with .4″ of Rain
  • Central Standard Time
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    Volcano and Valley View, Observation Tower, Finca Luna Nueva, © Pam Goode

    Latitude: 10° North of the equator, with equal hours of light and darkness

  • Currency: US dollars are accepted pretty much everywhere, including tips
  • Electricity: 110, with standard US plugs
  • Fast Facts: Literacy rate 96.3%; Military abolished in 1948
  • Costa Rica is among the countries with the highest amount of protected land in the world; 25% of the nation is dedicated to park systems, reserves, or natural wildlife areas
  • Bridging the northern and southern most points of the two American contents, Costa Rica is the meeting point for a variety of cultures and a density of plant and animal species said to be unlike any other country in the world
  • Approximately 850 bird species, 9000 plant species, 34,000 insect species, 205 mammalian species, 220 reptilian species, and 160 amphibian species

ABOUT THE LEADERSCarol Shelkin Workshops

  • Read more about Carol Shelkin here. Contact Carol here.
  • Read more about Pam Goode here. Contact Pam here.

ABOUT THE ACCOMMODATIONS

  • Read more about Finca Luna Nueva here.

TO REGISTER

Contact Pam here for a reservation form.

Postcards Home, Small Mosaics with Pam Goode in Italy

20 May

Postcards Home, Small Mosaics with Pam Goode in Orvieto, Italy
May 22 – 28, 2016
$3,100, Double Occupancy

Mosaic Art Retreat

Morning in Orvieto, © Pam Goode

What’s better than a weeklong mosaic studio session in Italy? (I know, right?!) A week of mosaic sessions interspersed with vineyard visits, wine and olive oil tastings, an archaeological tour of ancient mosaics, Etruscan caves, a visit to the Duomo and her dazzling gold mosaics, and a cooking class? Yes!

In May I’ll be returning to heartbreakingly beautiful Orvieto, a hilltop village in Umbria built atop a warren of caves from the Etruscan era (800 – 400 BC). The pedestrian streets are cobbled and lined with artisans and cafes, iron lanterns and bountiful markets, with valley views never more than a stroll away.

ACCOMMODATIONS

We’ll stay in the Institute San Ludovico Convent (pictured above), circa 300 – 400BC, which hugs the town wall presenting lovely views. Each room has its own bath. A library and beautiful gardens are available for us, as well as a colonnaded portico for lunches, sketching, or butterfly watching. Single, Double, and Twin rooms are available. Daily breakfast and some lunches are included. Photos of accommodations are here.

WORKSHOP

Our theme will be Postcards Home, small mosaics that will capture a detail of our travels, helping us reconnect to moments of discovery long after we return home. Some tools and materials will be provided, and a materials list will be included upon registration. Subjects and styles are up to you, though I’ll have some samples and designs available for use, as well as a bit of poetic inspiration. Alternately, you’re welcome to use this time as an Open Studio for your own projects; I’ll be available for consultation and/or assistance. Workshops and guided studio time will be morning or afternoon with cultural tours and free time rounding out the day. The studio will be open from early morning until late evening, and you’re welcome to work on your own before or after sessions. All levels, from never-touched-a-piece-of-glass to advanced, are welcome.

CULTURAL TOURS

Learn how wine is made and what to look for in olive oils, savor local cheeses, whip yourself up some wild boar alla pappardelle, grab a rare view of a preserved Christian-era mosaic floor set a story beneath the current church, and sample a few of Italy’s finest wines. Now that’s what I call relaxing after a grueling day in the studio!

A WALK AROUND TOWN

There’s nothing quite like rounding a corner and getting that first In-Your-Face view of the Duomo, a 14th century Roman Catholic cathedral lined with gold mosaic (more here). Then again, there’s nothing quite like walking down to the village market early in the morning and ogling the artichokes for taste (and art) possibilities, then settling into the best morning cappuccino. Or sharing a simple and impossibly fresh just-picked/just-cooked meal with friends. Or wandering the narrow streets of the medieval section, where you can feel the life and stories resonating from each stone. Grabbing a handful of fresh flowers for your room and an Orvieto-made pottery pretty to stash them in. Clean, exhaust-free air and a quiet sun-bath on the ancient undulating walls of the town. Take me now! Click on the first photo above for a slideshow.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Mosaic Workshops ItalyPam Goode is a mosaic artist based in Charlotte, North Carolina. As a creator of fine and functional art, installations, and community projects, she works with a variety of materials, including Italian and Mexican handmade glass, stained glass, porcelain, stone, and found objects. Known for her sense of whimsy and color, Pam’s mosaics transcend the subject at hand and go straight for the heart. “My goal is to bring a sense of joy, wonder, or peace to viewers. It isn’t enough for me to create a mosaic; I need to create a mosaic that sings, that resonates.” Her work has been selected for inclusion in Mosaic Arts International four times, and has appeared twice in Mosaic Art Now, a publication featuring mosaic art across the globe. With Lin Schorr as designer, she served as project manager for Unfurled, a collaborative installation featuring the work of 52 international artists.

Immersed in mosaics since 1999, Pam founded Ciel Gallery in 2008 in an effort to provide exhibition opportunities for mosaic artists across the globe. Now an art collective focusing on local artists working in every medium, Ciel continues to present juried exhibitions, classes, and special events.

An avid traveler, Pam is most inspired by being in unfamiliar surroundings where every sight, every thought, is new. “I see everything differently — feel everything differently — and the ability to communicate my own transformation though art thrills me.” In 2012 Pam founded Mosaic Art Retreats, offering international art tours and workshops. Pam has also been selected for an artist’s residency in Ireland for June, 2016.

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ABOUT ADVENTURES IN ITALY

Adventures in Italy is the labor of love created by Kristin and Bill Steiner. They are Hosts Supreme, sharing joy and knowledge and comfort. You couldn’t be in better hands, and you will love them 🙂  Learn more here.

REGISTRATION

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Make Your Own Workshop in Bermuda with Carol Shelkin

19 May

Make Your Own Workshop in Bermuda with Carol Shelkin
November 1 – 8, 2015
Mosaic Art Classes: Monday – Friday
$2,260.00 Per Person, Double Occupancy

Mosaic Art RetreatsIn the mood to spark and rejuvenate your artistic juices or just enjoy an art vacation with a small like-minded group? This workshop is for the inquisitive beginner AND the advanced professional or anyone wishing to expand their artistic and creative potential in paradise.

Mosaic Art RetreatsCarol Shelkin, Instructor, and Donna Smith, your Host in Bermuda, invite you to this beautiful island located off the coast of North Carolina in the Atlantic. Bermuda is known for its British-influenced traditions, from afternoon tea to cricket matches. Put Bermuda on your radar if you’re looking for a warm weather, arts-focused getaway with time to create in a seaside setting. Donna welcomes you to Bermuda, her island home and to Herchalat, an old Bermudian Cottage carved into the hillside in the historic town of St. George, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We’ll have our workshop nestled in this cottage for the week.

Mosaic Art RetreatsCan you see yourself meandering the streets of old towne after the daily workshop, enjoying ocean breezes and harbor views? Picturesque Tobacco Bay and St. Catherine’s Beach are within walking distance of our location for this weeklong mosaic workshop. After class, kick back and relax on the property or explore the island and its culture.

Breakfasts and lunches are included in this retreat, along with airport transportation and a Welcome Reception. You’ll have five full days of mosaic immersion creating a piece of your choosing, as well as two optional excursions, just for fun! Carol will contact you to chat about what you’d like to work on for the week.

Mosaic Art RetreatsAs you fly into Bermuda, you’ll see the crystal blue waters, and if you explore once landed, you’ll see the coral reef plateau that surrounds the island. Bermuda will captivate your senses and be your muse with its picturesque cliffs, coves, pink-pillowy sand beaches, snorkeling, British charm, Island soul, tea cafés and a laid Mosaic Art Retreatsback culture.

With Bermuda’s intoxicating sunshine, we offer a very distinctive mosaic art retreat that will give you the opportunity to create in paradise. We also invite those with less experience in the arts; you’ll be provided with patient, professional art guidance to kick-start your artistic journey.

Mosaic Art RetreatsWORKSHOP DETAILS: No Materials Fee; bring whatever you’d like to work on or have Carol help you choose. Class is limited to 10 students. Adults (18 years and above) only. No experience necessary.

Included:

  • 8 days, 7 nights double-occupancy lodging (single supplement extra)
  • Airport Transfers
  • Sunday Evening Artists’ Welcome Reception
  • Breakfast and Lunch 6 Days (special dietary needs welcome)
  • Bus and Ferry Pass
  • Five-day Mosaic Workshop: Bring what you like to work on!
  • Open Studio Time
  • Private Tour: Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art
  • NOTE: No refund for skipped activities

Not Included:

  • Optional Add-On Excursions
  • Airfare
  • Additional Meals such as Dinners Not Noted Above
  • Personal Expenses
  • Alcohol
  • Travel Insurance (Advised) (More information here)

Optional Activities at Your Own Cost:

  • Sailing Cruise
  • Gallery Art Tour
  • Island Tour
  • Bike, Paddle Board, Kayak, Jet Ski Rentals available in St. George
  • Snorkel Equipment Rental
  • Crystal and Fantasy Caves
  • Walking Tours of Hamilton, St. George, and Spittal Pond Nature Preserve
  • Bermuda Perfumery Tour

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:

Mosaic Art RetreatsCarol Shelkin, with studios just outside of Philadelphia, is an artist with over 25 years of teaching experience. She attended Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Scuola del Mosaico, Italy. She shows her work both nationally and internationally with acceptance into juried shows and galleries, and her artwork is also held in private collections. She has been a presenter at the Mosaic Association of Australia and New Zealand and teaches at the Society of American Mosaics Artists’ annual conference. She is a founding member of the Mosaic Society of Philadelphia and President, as well as being a Juried Member, of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen. For more information about Carol, please visit her website.

TO REGISTER:

  • ALL RESERVATIONS REQUIRE a 50% DEPOSIT. Reservations cannot be held without a deposit.
  • Deposits can be made by US Check, Money Order, PayPal or wire transfer.
  • PayPal to: carol.shelkin@yahoo.com (If paying with PayPal, Please include PayPal fee of $8.75)
  • Checks: Carol Shelkin 830 Morgan Avenue Drexel Hill, PA 19026 USA
  • Balance is due 60 days prior to your arrival date.

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY:

  • All cancellations are subject to a 20% handling fee.
  • Reservations cancelled prior to 90 days, 50% is refundable, less 20% handling fee. Reservations cancelled prior 60 days, 25% is refundable, less 20% handling fee. Reservations cancelled prior 45 days prior to registration, the registration fee paid is non-refundable.
  • Should any workshop/retreat be cancelled the entire amount paid will be refunded within fourteen days. Once this occurs, Carol Shelkin and Donna Smith have no obligations regarding any additional costs or fees related to the issuance and/or cancellation of airline tickets or other travel reservations.
  • Carol Shelkin and Donna Smith accept no liability for any airline penalty incurred by the cancellation of a non-refundable ticket.
  • Carol Shelkin and Donna Smith accept no liability for any canceled flights.

October in Paris + Provence with Carol Shelkin and Pam Goode

30 Oct

Paris Provence TravelOctober in Paris + Provence
with Carol Shelkin and Pam Goode
October 4 – 17, 2015 (5 Days Paris; 7 Days Provence)
$3186 Double Occupancy
$3686 Single Occupancy Paris

Paris Only, October 4 – 9, 2015
$1902 Double Occupancy
$2402 Single Occupancy

Provence Only
October 10 – 17, 2015
$1784 Double Occupancy

Photo via Hip ParisWhatta lotta Ooh-La-La! Join Carol Shelkin and Pam Goode on a fall whirl through The City of Light AND the land whose light has drawn artists through the ages: Provence.

We’ll start in Paris, soaking up this vibrant city whose history spans more than 10,000 years. We’ll strike a balance between group activities and on-your-own Paris Provence Tourtime so that each participant can follow their own passions. Our hotel is located on the Seine, with views of both river and Notre Dame, and fresh croissants only steps away. An introductory walking tour will acquaint us with the major sites and thoroughfares, and give you the steps to over 60 museums you’ll be able to visit free of charge during your stay.

Paris Provence Mosaic TourWe’ll include a tour through the major mosaic sites of Paris, including Nureyev’s fabulous tomb, and travel by train to Chartres and Raymond Isidore’s Picassiette House. We’ll watch the Eiffel Tower light in the evening, wander Paris gardens, cruise the Seine, picnic on market finds, meet Parisian artists, and tour artsy Montmartre cafes and haunts.

A special highlight of this trip will be the opportunity to create our own mural in a combination of paint and mosaic. We’ll be famous in France!

Paris Provence Mosaic TourAfter five fabulous days of chic, we’ll board the express train to Avignon, grab a couple of cars, and head deep into the Luberon Valley — land of sumptuous markets and wines, perched villages, stone farmhouses, lavender, olives, ochre-tinted hills, hikes, and food, food, food. We’ll wind or way through multiple picture-perfect settings all 15 – 20 minutes from Paris Provence Travelour own farmhouse, grab olives and tomatoes and pasta and whip up fresh meals under the trees, and traipse along the Sorgue, a gorgeously-green river colored by thousands of waving aquatic plants. Back home, we’ll talk about art and color, and sketch a bit. You’re more than welcome to bring photos of projects for any guidance that might be helpful.

NEED TO KNOW

  • Paris Provence Mosaic TourThis art tour is open to artists and non-artists. All participants may join in as many or as few of the scheduled activities as desired, but there will be no refund for skipped activities.
  • You may select the full Paris/Provence tour, or you may choose only Paris or only Provence. Prices are listed at the top of the page.
  • If you need to leave sooner than the full 13 days, we’ll arrange for early airport transportation. Prices are based on a stay of 11 days. If you elect to stay for the full 13, you get two days free. There is no refund for those who leave earlier than the 13 days scheduled.

 ITINERARY: PARIS

Paris Provence TourSunday, October 4: Flights to Paris
Monday, October 5:
Settle into Hotel, Guided Walking Tour of Major Paris Sites, Eiffel Tower
Tuesday, October 6: Museum Visits, Mosaic Tour of Paris, Paris Gardens, Evening Tour of Montmartre
Wednesday, October 7: Mural Painting/Installation, Coffee with Local Artists, Evening Cruise on the Seine
Thursday, October 8: Rudolph Nureyev’s Tomb, Chartres, Maison Picassiette, Museum Visits
Friday, October 9: Museum Visits and Paris Secrets
Saturday, October 10: Departure

 ITINERARY: PROVENCE

Paris Provence TravelSaturday, October 10: High Speed Train from Paris to Avignon, Transfer to Accommodations, Village Explorations
Sunday, October 11: Antiquing and River-Walking, Isle sur la Sorgue; Light Exercises
Monday, October 12: Explore Rousillon, Tour Ochre Factory, Hiking; Color Exercises
Tuesday, October 13: Market Day in Gordes and Village Photography, Possible Cooking Class
Wednesday, October 14: Explore Lacoste, Art & Design College, Dinner in Menerbes (A Year in Provence)
Thursday, October 15: Explore Oppede-le-Vieux, Easy Hiking Trails
Friday, October 16: Early Departure

INCLUDED PARIS

  • Airport Transfer to Hotel
  • 5 Nights Double Occupancy in a Luxury Hotel on the Seine (Single Supplement Available)
  • 4-Day Museum Pass with free unlimited admission to 60 museums, including Versailles, with no waiting in lines
  • Welcome Package with Packing Lists, Tips, and a Fold-out Map
    Paris Provence Travel
  • 5-Day Metro Pass, Zones 1 – 3
  • Guided Walking Tour of Major Paris Sites
  • Mosaic Tour of Paris
  • Visit to Rudolph Nureyev’s Mosaic Carpet Tomb
  • Visit to Chartres
  • Visit to Maison Picassiette
  • Cafe and Croissants with French Mosaic Artists
  • Creation of our own Paris Mural, using Paint and Mosaic!
  • Guided Evening Tour of Artsy Montmartre
  • Cruise along the Seine
  • Visit through Paris Gardens
  • Secret Paris Treats

 INCLUDED PROVENCE

  • Paris Provence TravelTransfer from Paris to the Spectacular Luberon Valley via TGV Train (2 hours, 44 minutes)
  • Use of two 6-passenger vans
  • 7 Nights Double Occupancy in a traditional Mas (Provencal Farmhouse)
  • Market Day Visits to Beautiful Perched Villages of Gourdes, Lacoste, Menerbes (A Year in Provence), and Bonnieux
  • Visit to Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, a village-wide antiques market straddling the green waters of the Sorgue
  • Visit to the Ochre cliffs of Rousillion, with a tour of the Ochre Factory
  • Multiple Opportunities for Hiking/Horseback Riding
  • Departure via Marseilles Airport

NOT INCLUDED

  • Airfare
  • Meals
  • Personal Expenses
  • Travel Insurance (learn more here)

ABOUT THE LEADERS

Carol and Pam have been organizing and leading trips abroad since 1999. Both are internationally recognized mosaic artists teaching weekly. Pam is fluent in French; both are travel-savvy, easy-going, and love taking on the world.

Read more about Carol here or on Facebook here.

Read more about Pam here or follow her on Facebook here.

For more eye candy, follow Pam’s Paris Pinterest Board here and the Provence Board here.

TO RESERVE A SPACE OR FOR MORE INFORMATION

Please email Pam with questions or to receive a registration form via email. A deposit of 50% is required to reserve space; tour balance will be due no later than July 15, 2015. Cancellation policy will be outlined on the registration form.

Mixed Media Mosaics in Mexico with Heather Vollans

26 Aug

Mixed Media Mosaics in Mexico with Heather Vollans
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
April 12 – 18, 2015
$1500

Class Description

Mosaic Workshop MexicoThis mosaic class is all about working with unconventional materials and textures.  We’ll think “non-traditionally”  about what materials work for mosaic, and then produce a mixed media artwork using perhaps aluminum, copper, plastics, linoleum, wood, tire rubber, or beach detritus as well as the more usual mosaic materials such as tile/ceramic/glass.

Early in the week we’ll explore the streets of Puerto Vallarta — including hardware stores, markets and miscellaneous shops scouring for texture. Bring from home anything you would also like to include in your mosaic – metals, jewellery, plastics etc.  This class will particularly appeal to those who have a passion for unusual texture and love to collect.   You may choose to grout or leave your work ungrouted (or use a combination of both).   Acrylic paints can also be used to finish frames or incorporate into your mixed media work. Textured thinset is also an option.

Mosaic Workshop MexicoInstruction will include where to salvage for unusual objects, what to look for, what to avoid!!, and how to use those textures for creative designs.  Learn to see ordinary materials as possibilities for textural interest …copper pipe is not just for plumbing and linoleum is not just for floors!  We’ll talk about how to combine as few as 1-2 materials and, using a variety of cutting and design techniques, produce an effective mosaic.  Cutting instruction, adhesives, and tesserae will be discussed.  Class will also include techniques for cutting traditional mosaic materials for adding dimension, line, graduation of colour, etc.  Recipes for colouring thinset and grout will be included and take-home notes provided.  Wooden substrate will be provided, with extra bases available for additional work.  This course is suitable for those new to mosaic as well as those with some experience who want to explore “non-traditional” methods and materials.

Mosaic Workshop MexicoThere will also be extensive discussion about mosaic for outdoors – for climates colder than Mexico!  What adhesives work, what materials to use, substrates that work, and much more.

So start thinking about some ordinary things you could use for your mosaic — textural plastics, metals — whatever.  Be inspired by the art surrounding the beautiful tropical paradise of Sam’s Hacienda Mosaico, and create your own art with like-minded friends who love to salvage and re-purpose materials.  Enjoy incredible food, camaraderie and relaxed atmosphere at Hacienda Mosaico and go home inspired to do even more art!

Student List of Tools and Materials required for the class will be provided at registration.
Instructor to Supply:  Substrates, acrylic paints, rags, trowels, thinset/grout and powdered pigments.

 

$1500 Cost Includes

  • 5 Days Instruction
  • 6 Nights Accommodation at Hacienda Mosaico,  Based on Double Occupancy
  • Breakfast and Lunch Included on Workshop Days
  • Substrates, Acrylic Paints, Rags, Trowels, Thinset, Grout, Pigments

Mosaic Workshop MexicoNot Included:

  • Airfare or Airport Transfers
  • Travel Insurance (Strongly Recommended)
  • Dinners
  • Scavenged Materials from Mexico
  • Tools and Materials (list provided at registration)

 

About Hacienda Mosaico

Check out the sumptuous surroundings here.

 

Mosaic Workshop MexicoAbout Heather

Heather Vollans is an Australian mosaic artist working in Southern Ontario, Canada.  A background in construction led to Heather’s exploration of ordinary materials salvaged from job sites and how to use them in artwork. She now mostly works with unconventional mosaic materials to create mixed media artworks, with much of her work created for exteriors in Northern climates.  Her professional work includes public art, community projects, private commissions and exhibitions.  Teaching experience includes colleges, in schools and at local galleries. Read more about Heather here. Contact Heather here.

Mosaic Art Holiday in South Africa with Karla Duterloo

28 Jun

Mosaic Art Holiday
Cape Town, South Africa
November 9 – 14, 2014
Euro 1270

International Mosaic WorkshopsFancy a little Africa? Join Karla Duterloo for a five-day mosaic workshop and holiday in Cape Town, South Africa, with sightseeing in one of the most beautiful cities of the world.

The workshop will feature your choice of 3-D work on a wooden gemsbok head or an 8″ x 8″  2-D mosaic. African elements will be incorporated into either design.

Accommodations will be in the Lodge at the Atlantic Beach Golf Estate, featuring beautiful rooms, free continental breakfast, and a view over the golf course. The Lodge is a few minutes walk from the studio, with restaurants close by and only a 10 minute walk from the beach. A shopping centre is located just outside the Estate. The beach is at 10 min. walking distance. Cape Town city centre is about a 35 min drive away. During the course, we’ll offer coffee/tea, biscuits and lunch (beautiful SA wine included) for all participants.

 

Excursions

International Mosaic WorkshopsThe holiday week will feature two excursions. First, we’ll head to Cape Town centre to visit Greenmarket craft market and the famous Waterfront craft markets. This is a perfect opportunity to select additional accessories for your mosaic.

Our second excursion will be to Cape Town’s beautiful beaches, Camps Bay and Hout Bay. We’ll drive the famous Chapman’s Peak for stunning views at Noordhoek Beach, then visit Kalk Bay and Simons Town, where we’ll stop at the gemstone factory.

 

About Karla

International Mosaic WorkshopsKarla is an award-winning Dutch mosaic artist proficient with all types of surfaces: bathroom floors, garden sculptures, functional and decorative mosaics, 2D and 3D mosaics. Having studied Arts and Crafts in the Netherlands and attended several Mosaic Master Courses in Italy, Karla has taught students of all levels in the UK, Switzerland and South Africa. She also creates mosaic projects for charity, and has initiated successful projects in London (2010) and Nepal (2011), as well as exhibiting in the UK, Europe and South Africa. Karla’s signature Trophy Heads have been sold in more than fifteen countries around the world. Very recently, her work has been chosen for the Western Cape Handmade Collection and exhibited at the Design Indaba 2013 in Cape Town.

Author of a Dutch Arts and Craftsbook Wereldhandvaardigheid, Karla’s mosaic work is featured in several additional publications: Mastering Mosaics , Mosaic Yearbook and Mosaic Madness. “My classes are creative and inspiring,” says Karla. “The purpose is to bring out the Artist in you in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. Above all, we have lots of fun and special moments. You’ll leave the course with new skills, ideas and inspiration, as well as fired up passion for this beautiful Art.”

 

Pricing:

The course price is 1270 Euros per participant.

International Mosaic WorkshopsIncluded in the price are:

  • Transport from and to CT International Airport on Sunday 9 November and Saturday 15 November
  • 6 nights accommodation at the Atlantic Beach Estate Lodge including breakfast
  • Drinks and tapas on Sunday afternoon
  • Drinks and canapes on Friday afternoon
  • 5 day mosaic course including most materials and either the trophy head base or 8 x 8 board
  • 5 lunches and 2 excursions for all mosaic course participants
  • Transport to and from nearby restaurants at night

Not included:

  • Airfare tickets to and from Cape Town
  • Dinners in the evening
  • Additional costs for partners (if desired): 200 Euro per partner
  • 2 separate full-day excursions for partners, lunch not included, min 3 participants: 100 euro per partner.

 

Participation:

  • International Mosaic WorkshopsTo run the course, we need a minimum of 5 participants
  • To guarantee optimal personal attention, the course can have a maximum of 6 participants.

 

Payment:

  • To confirm your initial place on the course, a 50% deposit (635 Euros) must be received by August 1.
  • If you bring your partner, the total cost will be 1470 Euros. Your 50% payment by August 1 will be 735 Euros.
  • If by August 1 we have not received initial payment of the required minimum of 5 participants, we will cancel the course and refund your payment minus any bank charges.
  • Second payment of respectively: 635 Euros or 735 Euros needs to be received by October 1 to ensure your final confirmation as a participant on the course.
  • Banking details will be supplied to you via email.
  • If we have to cancel the course before October 1 due to insufficient registration, your monies will be refunded minus any bank charges.
  • If you withdraw from the course after October 1 but before November 1, we will refund 75% of the total course fee minus any bank charges.
  • If you cancel the course after November 1, no refund will be given.

 

For More Information or To Register:

For more information and a detailed course program, for you (and your partner if desired) please email Karla.

Navigating Airfares: Knowing When to Buy

24 Mar

Low Airfare YipsWhen I first started doing my own research and finding my own best fares, it was a pretty peachy thrill. I felt so in control. The world was my oyster, and I could grab a ticket to explore it with a few taps of my fingers. Possibilities were spilling open, and yet … in retrospect, the decisions were pretty simple. Online sites were few (expedia), flights were many, and pricing made some sense. Now, well … things have changed.

I still love dreaming up a getaway and making it happen, but I confess that my finger trembles a bit more while hovering over the Confirm button. Am I saving a bundle or blowing one? Should I wait to book tomorrow, or was last week my last best chance?

I was happy for a little hand holding by Airfare Watchdog this week in the form of their 2014 guide to booking Low. Check it out, and plan something lovely.

8 Days in the Rainforest

2 Dec

Just back from the Costa Rica Flora and Fauna Workshop, and thought we’d share a few highlights. The week was transformational start to finish, from the eager, supportive and talented group of mosaic artists assembled to the serene and endlessly surprising rainforest and biodynamic farm at Finca Luna Nueva, to the kind and generous Costa Ricans who embraced us and taught us, to the fresh organic food, and the so-not-your-average-day adventures. More fabulous photos by super-lens Susan Walden here. We’ll definitely be back. If you’re interested in the next session, please let us know in the comment section. Pura Vida!

Click on the first photo and scroll through for descriptions.

Marsh Mellow

28 Oct

It’s one of those glorious days that’s cool on the marsh and warm on the beach, and nature lets you choose whether you want to feel the wind in your hair while you listen to the fish jump in the marsh, or the sun on your shoulders while the gulls cry. Of course, I chose both, with a little hammock time thrown in for good measure. It’s October, and an idyllic time for a beach retreat.

It’s been a good week. Some nights there’s lots of giggling; some days an hour can pass in complete silence. Some nights we cook as a group; some nights we comb our hair and hit the village. Come as you are, be who you are, and use the time as you choose. Here’s a look at the week!

Sonia King Workshops at West Dean College, U.K.

5 Feb

Mosaic Intensive: Chichester, U.K.
Developing Artistic Expression with Sonia King
West Dean College
July 21 – 26, 2013
₤466 Non-Residential

Mosaic Intensive: Chichester, U.K.
Working in Monochrome with Sonia King
West Dean College
July 27 – August 2, 2013
₤608 Non-Residential

Sonia King West Dean Join Sonia King at the acclaimed West Dean College for a week (or two!) of mosaic immersion in an exceptional setting.

Artistic Expression, July 21 – 26, 2013

The goal of this workshop is to offer an elevated sense of what mosaic is about, offering a new way to think about one’s work and the knowledge to push to the next level. Special emphasis will be made on personal expression and developing one’s individual style. The class specifically covers working with texture, scale, andamento and spacing; achieving effects through varied cutting and laying styles and/or mixed materials; and working direct using cement-based adhesive.

Sonia King WorkshopStudents will produce a mosaic using a variety of techniques/materials. There is extensive inquiry into cutting techniques, varied materials and laying styles; essentially broadening the student’s skill-set. There are also varied discussions about design, the complexity of working with more than one material, spacing, andamento, and reflectivity.

Students will bring their own materials for use; possible materials include glass, unglazed ceramic, found objects, mineral specimens, beads, stone and fossils. There will be a limited selection of materials available for purchase.

Sonia King at West DeanYou work on your own project with lots of individual attention, dealing with issues that relate specifically to your work. However, all are invited into the discussions so there is a high level of learning from each other’s specific situations. Additionally there are group discussions and lectures on a variety of topics including design considerations when using multiple materials, cutting techniques, etc. A group review at the end focuses on problems solved and lessons learned.

Working in Monochrome, July 27 – August 2

Creating mosaic in a monochrome palette emphasizes the focus on cutting, laying style, reflectivity, scale and texture. Limiting possible decisions to the primary principles of mosaic offers learning opportunities that color can mask. Working within a single color family enhances technical skills while expanding our understanding of the subtle impact on personal expression.

Sonia King at West DeanWe’ll work direct in a variety of materials with special attention to cutting techniques, methods of laying, and broadening your skill set. The class specifically covers working with texture, scale, andamento and spacing; achieving effects through varied cutting and laying styles and/or mixed materials; and working direct using cement-based adhesive. There are also varied discussions about design, the complexity of working with more than one material, reflectivity and more. Most importantly, you’ll leave the workshop with an elevated sense of what mosaic is about, a new way of thinking about your work, and the knowledge to enable you to push to the next level. Some prior mosaic experience is recommended.

Each student will produce a mosaic using a variety of techniques/materials. Possible materials include glass, unglazed ceramic, found objects, mineral specimens, beads, stone and fossils. Plan to bring your materials with you. There will be a limited selection of materials available for purchase.

Sonia King at West DeanStudents will work on their own projects with ample individual attention, dealing with issues that relate to their specific  work. However, all are invited into the discussions so there is a high level of learning from each other’s specific situations. Additionally there are group discussions and lectures on a variety of topics including design considerations when using multiple materials, cutting techniques, etc. A group review at the end focuses on problems solved and lessons learned.

West Dean

Located in SouthEast England and 12 miles from the coat, West Dean is internationally known for its programs in visual arts and conservation. The 6400 acre estate features exceptional gardens for an inspiring and peaceful stay.

For more information or to register for either session, click here.

Images from previous workshops at West Dean are here.

More about Sonia King here.

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