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Mosaic Art Classes

START DATE: SATURDAY 4/7 AND SUNDAY 4/8

COST: $350.00 (MATERIALS ARE NOT INCLUDED IN CLASS FEE)

CLASS SIZE: 4 INDIVIDUALS PER CLASS

ADDITIONAL CLASSES WILL BE ADDED ACCORDING TO DEMAND

510-984-0422  650 University Avenue, Berkeley, California

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MOSAIC ART CLASSES

Class Description:

 

In this class you will be painting your own tiles to design and create your own 18x18inch mosaic mirror.  When most people think of mosaics they are thinking of small pieces of tile or glass arranged up top of a hand drawn image in color patterns that coordinate with the specific design.  In this class you will paint and glaze your own tiles and I will fire your tiles in my kiln offsite.  You will see examples of painted tile mosaics in my studio. You can bring in broken ceramics or memory pieces of crockery that you would like to incorporate into your art piece. The piece you’re creating will be more freestyle, meaning you will be coloring outside of the lines during the positioning of your broken tile.   Having “content” (painted tiles that are similar in content and color) makes putting together your piece a lot easier.  This style of mosaic is sometime referred to a Picassiette.

 

Picassiette or pique assiette style - The French word Picassiette’s literal translation means “thief of plates”, as a result of the beautiful mosaic art done by artist Raymond Isidore on his home in Chartres, France.  He covered his entire home (inside and out including the furniture) with bits of pottery that he found in the fields around his neighborhood.  His neighbors, upset by what he was doing, called him Picassiette as a derogatory term and the name stuck.

 

First classes starting Saturday from 9am. Classes are 3 hours and a 30minute break for those of you that need it. There will be Sunday classes as well. An individual who chooses to attend class twice a week should complete their project in 3 weeks.  For individuals who participate once a week will complete their project in approx. 6 weeks. More classes available by demand.

 

COST: $350.00 (MATERIALS ARE NOT INCLUDED IN CLASS FEE)

START DATE: SATURDAY 4/7 AND SUNDAY 4/8

CLASS SIZE: 4 INDIVIDUALS PER CLASS

ADDITIONAL CLASSES WILL BE ADDED ACCORDING TO DEMAND

 

The two items listed below are alternatives to the standard materials that are provided in the materials list.  These are expensive alternatives that need to be considered by you individually.  I have described them and why I choose them for my art pieces, this is an individual choice not a requirement.

Materials and tools needed for class are listed below many will be provided, however the items that are starred (*) must be purchased directly from suppliers or when available in class.

 

 ⁃ Hammer (provided)

 ⁃ Nippers (provided)

 ⁃ Screwdriver (provided)

 ⁃ Metal scrapper (provided)

 ⁃ Plastic or palette knife (provided)

 ⁃ Primer (provided)

 ⁃ Adhesive – Thin-set or Tacky Glue (provided)

 ⁃ *Bondera (adhesive) – purchase online from Home Depot @ $22.00 per roll, in class @$15.00 for ½ roll.

 ⁃ Safety Glasses (provided)

 ⁃ Towel or Cloth (provided)

 ⁃ Grout – (basic white/bone premixed grout will be provided)

 ⁃ *Bostik Quartz Lock – Urethane grout – Superior Professional - $95.00 online + freight, in class $20.00 per pound.

 ⁃ Large Sponge (provided)

 ⁃ *18x18 (one-inch thick wood board) - $12.00 in class

 ⁃ Acrylic paint (provided)

 ⁃ *Hanging hardware – Home Depot or local hardware store, in class quoted at time of request

 ⁃ 6x6, 8x8 or 4x4 inch tiles / project calls for approximately 12 each 6x6 inch tiles – see page 3

 ⁃ Underglaze, Overglaze – see page 3

 ⁃ *Mirror Tile – 8x8 inch, ¼ inch thick mirror tile $12.00 ea.

 ⁃ *Paint Brushes

 ⁃ Rubber gloves (provided)

 

YOU WILL NOT BE CHARGED FOR OVERGLAZE OR FIRING YOUR TILES

Bondera Tileset* – Bondera is an adhesive that is sold by the roll.  it can only be purchased through Home Depot Online.  The cost is approx. $22.00 per roll which you can purchase yourself online or purchase half rolls in class at $15.00.  I love Bondera because I can cover my piece completely all at once, then position and remove my tile until I am happy with the look before I am ready to grout.

 

Bostik Quartz Lock Grout* – Grout sold in your local Home Depot or hardware store is basic grout and is inexpensive. Un-sanded grout is preferred when the width of the space between the tile is approximately 1/8 of an inch wide, its smooth texture is most common in ceramic-tile installations.  Sanded grout on the other hand contains an aggregate which is better for joints wider than 1/8 because it cracks from shrinkage and the coarse texture can scratch the surface of the tile if you are not careful.   “Bostik Quartz Lock” Urethane Grout, sold in a nine-pound container is an expensive alternative to basic grout. This is the grout I use for my art pieces, it is high quality grout and it comes in a good variety of colors.  It is a premixed grout, so it comes ready to use right out of the container, I like this convenience.  These Bostik grouts can be mixed with each other to create new colors as well.  This might sound like a large expense, however in my case I am selling my mirrors and I prefer using the best materials available that enhance my work. The two colors I use most are “Bone” and “Jet Black”, I would be interested in sharing the cost of a bucket, so if you are too, let me know.  You will use approx. 25 to 30% of your container of grout on an 18x18 inch art piece.  Other students may also be interested in sharing in the costs of purchasing Bostik grout, so it is a good purchase to consider.  I will sell this grout at $20.00 per pound in class when I have it on hand.  Items purchased in class can also be purchased directly from the suppliers.

 

Tips and insights:

 

Hammer and nippers for breaking pottery or tiles.  Always wear safety glasses when breaking tile and use a towel or cloth to cover the plate or tile while breaking it.

 

Plastic knife or palette knife to spread mortar.  When spreading mortar only work in small areas you can finish at one time, think of the mortar as glue, it is your adhesive therefore when spreading it spread it on an area you can cover with pottery or tile before it begins to dry.  You will also need to spread a small amount of mortar on the back of each piece as you set it.  Make sure you are using enough mortar to hold the piece down but not so much that it squishes up into the spaces between the tiles where the grout will go.

 

Primer – Prime your piece to seal it so that no moisture can be drawn out during the curing process (only pertains to porous objects).  Make sure your primer is non-oil based.

 

Thin set – Polymer modified thin set mortar (not the speed setting kind as this will set too quickly) mortar is the most reliable adhesive to use for items that will be outdoors or in contact with moisture.

 

Mastic is not a good adhesive because it does not adhere well over the long term.  Under normal conditions a premixed thin set is not the best choice because all of them contain a curing retardant so that it doesn’t cure on shelf.  This pretty much means your mosaic will not cure properly in a decent amount of time.  During this class we will use both because our pieces will not be large enough to worry about curing time.

 

Grout – Final step, apply grout to cracks between crockery shards after the mortar has cured completely, this usually takes 72 hours.  Use a tile sponge not a kitchen sponge to clean off the grout from the tiles without pulling it out of the cracks.

 

Apply grout sealant after the grout has dried if you are concerned about staining, otherwise the sealant is not necessary.

18 x18 inch wood board $12.00 (can be purchased in class)

Tile – 6x6 white bisque $2.50 (can be purchased in class), $2.00 per tile at Clay People

Tile – 8x8 white bisque $4.00 (can be purchased in class),$3.39 per tile at Clay People

Tile – 4x4 white bisque $1.00, $.79 per tile at Clay People

Terra Cotta Tile price quoted upon request

8 x 8inch mirror tile –

Duncan Underglaze directly from supplier are approximately $4.00 per 2 oz bottle at Clay People

Located at 623 S 32nd Street, Richmond, Ca 94804, all other supplier information will be shared in class.

 

 

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Berkeley, California 94710

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Artist Rose Hill

Born in Paterson New Jersey in 1951, Rose has spent most of her adult life in the bay area, she discovered her passion for art in 1996 and has been painting on mostly ceramics ever since.  Rose received national recognition in the fall of 1999 after appearing on the Oprah Winfrey show, and later her work was featured in “O” Magazine.  Rose Stumbled across her artistic interest and talent over 20 years ago when she and her younger sister Maxine Jones a former member of the female R&B recording group En Vogue started an ethnic line of bath and skin care products in California.  Rose has long collected retro African American artifacts and inspired by her collection, began sketching designs for her own label, she soon found herself hooked on painting the nostalgic images.  Soon after opening their retail shop in Novato CA, a reporter wrote about some of her ceramic pieces and the other items sold in their store.  It wasn’t long before Gayle King, well known as Oprah Winfrey’s best friend, commissioned Rose to paint a set of plates for Oprah.  Rose is well aware that the images she paints can be painful reminders of oppression and abuse, however she insists although this imagery is controversial it is still a part of our culture.  Lisa Woolfork, Assistant Professor of English at UVA says “In terms of literary and cultural study, there’s a tradition of black women artists trying to reclaim things that could be considered racist, It’s a commendable strategy to seize the reins of interpretation,” says Woolfork, “to put racists on notice that they don’t get to control the terms of conversation or inquiry of debate.”  Rose agrees that her art can only be created by a black person, African Americans will never trust whites to do this imagery.  Rose has recently returned to the bay area after spending 10 years in Charlottesville. VA where she became a resident artist at the McGuffey Art Center.  During her time in Virginia Rose and a fellow artist friend, Lindsay Michie Eades created an art program for inmates that were incarcerated in the Central Virginia Penal system.  They taught art classes in the local regional jail and in three different prisons to both male and female inmates, the art program was hugely successful and is the work she is most proud of.

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THE ORDERING PROCESS and the items that are currently available will always appear on the home page.  The website really is a gallery of items that I have painted and most of which has already sold.  With that said there is always a chance that I can recreate an item that you may have fallen in love with so it never hurts to ask.  There are items like “The Little Colored Girl” line that I will always replicate.  “The Knotty Heads” line is another line that I will replicate.  Then there are those items that cannot be duplicated.  Custom orders for ceramics are available if the blank shapes are available from my suppliers.

 

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