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Design, Composition, and Build with Deb Aldo

March 14 & 15, 2020
March 16 as added day
$380 for two day
$450 for three day class

Design, Composition, and Build with Deb Sample ImagesIn this class you will explore how to create a variety of composition styles using pebble, stone, and up-cycled materials. This is a great time to take stock of all the “goodies” (rocks, shells, trinkets) you have collected over the years and think about how they could be used in a mosaic.

Deb will review composition styles such as repetition, massing, radial, linear. You will learn the difference between abstract and illustrative work. This class will be 1/3 lecture, 2/3 hands on with individual attention.

On day 1 and 2 you will create two small mosaics using examples provided by Deb with your own interpretation to allow you to develop your own style. Focus is on materials as textural interest and the use of dimension to create focal points. We will analyze various composition styles and then work on exercises to clarify this. The small exercises will focus on interstice (the space between tesserae) and material combinations as a design element, as well as how the surface can affect the way light hits the material to create effects. You will make multiple simple drawing exercises as well as mosaics.

On day 3 (optional) you will plan and start a mosaic using design techniques learned the previous two days. I will provide some samples as a starting point.

Instruction includes the use of thin-set as adhesive and texture. Mosaics will not be grouted, we will work in the traditional Italian setting techniques.

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Classes can be for one, small groups or larger, up to 30 people for lecture based classes. If you are interested in learning more send me an email. I teach all over the globe so traveling to you is not an issue but my studio has a loft so if you are traveling to me there is a place to stay.

I teach the following classes:

    • design and composition– Understand how to create compositions and textures
    • traditional Italian style mosaics– Using ancient designs and laying methods
    • dimensional substrates– Make a dimensional surface in 2 days for your mosiac.
    • contemporary mosaics  using traditional (stone and smalti) and contemporary materials (plastic, metal, acrylic and colored thinset) and methods ( hammer and hardy as well as nippers).
    • mosaic mandalas– Using a meditative approach and a quick easy process.
    • architectural design– For Vertical or Horizontal surfaces with a variety of substrates.

Pebble Mosaic Classes
This pre-cast pebble mosaic class is taught by Debora Aldo, who learned from the pebble mosaic master Maggy Howarth. She has been creating pre-cast pebble mosaics since 2005. She is one of only a handful of professional mosaic artists who creates pre-cast slab mosaics for residential and commercial clients. Students learn the process of creating pre-cast pebble mosaic for structurally sound and beautifully created single slabs or combine them to make a walk-way or terrace. This is both a hands on and lecture based workshop that run for two days. You will go home with two small scale works and the knowledge of how to replicate the process on your own. 


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