Special Workshop with Martin Cheek, Visiting Artist from the UK

Visiting Artist Martin Cheek:

2 Day Portraiture Workshop: Plants, Animals and More

April 7 & 8, 2018 (Saturday & Sunday) 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

This class is now full. Please contact me to be added to the  wait list.

Visiting Artist Martin Cheek:

2 Day Portraiture Workshop: Plants, Animals and More

April 7-8, 2018 (Saturday & Sunday) 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Martin Cheek, a British mosaic artist who has been making mosaics for 30 years, and has written 7  best selling books about mosaics (which you’ve seen in my studio!) will be on a 3 month teaching tour in the US and I’m thrilled to be hosting him to teach in my studio on April 7-8, 2018.

For the past twenty seven years, Martin has run mosaic courses all over the world with the intention, as he says, “to enable others to share in this wonderful medium”. Over two thousand students have participated, many of whom have continued to make mosaics either as a hobby or as a profession.

Martin is known for his sense of humor and his “cheeky birds” that are so well-loved. He is also known for pioneering the use of handmade glass fusions in his work. He will be providing custom made glass fusions for all students, and is ready to start working with you now via email, to create the fusions you need for your mosaic idea. This is a unique and rare opportunity! To read more about Martin and view his amazing mosaic work, visit his website.

For this class, participants will think about what it is they would like to make a mosaic of, and bring with them to the workshop this inspirational reference image. During the workshop we will be working with various materials including stained glass, vitreous glass, ceramic tile and pottery shards, along with Martin’s own hand made fusions to create pieces full of texture, dimension, originality and color. Using examples of Martin’s own work, he will show you how the various materials affect your finished piece. Martin will have on hand, many fused glass pieces to choose from that you can experiment with in your own creations during this workshop, and he can custom make fusions for you ahead of time, based on your specific subject idea for your mosaic. (orders for custom fusions must be placed by January 20, 2018)

No matter what your experience is with mosaic art, Martin addresses each student at his or her level of experience from beginner to beyond.

The course will be lots of hands on work creating mosaic pieces, practical demonstrations, slide-show presentations, and individual instruction, all of which are aimed to ensure that each student learns the art of creating mosaics and learns more about their own creative, personal style.

Glass cutting, shaping techniques and design elements and techniques will be covered. Choose between 2 size substrates: 12 x 12 inches or 16 x 12 inches to work on over the course of the workshop.

Course Fee: $350

Materials Fee: $60

Register now, space is limited!

A deposit of $100 will hold your spot, with the balance due by March 1, 2018.

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Make a Mosaic House Number This Winter!

Add Fun & Creativity to Your Monday Evenings this Winter

Do you want to spice up the front of your house in a really personalized way? If so, then make a mosaic number plaque for your house!

In response to numerous requests, I am offering this course as a 7 week series on Monday evenings in my studio, beginning January 30. There are a few spots left so I wanted to make sure to get the word out. This will be a really fun way to use a variety of materials (glass, pottery, tile, stone, etc), while working in the indirect method, and creating a functional, customized piece of art for the front of your house. You can include imagery that is special to you, or that reflects the landscape, in addition to the number itself. These are going to be true works of art.

Another special feature to this project is the frame: handmade by local metal sculptor Pat Bennet from Holyoke. You will have your choice between a couple of different sizes of these beautiful steel frames to attach the mosaic to your house.

Read the full description and sign up here. Or contact me if you have questions.

And… gift certificates are available in any amount, so you can gift this class, or a portion of the tuition to a creative friend or family member.

Make this a winter filled with creativity!

Happy Solstice!

Tufted Titmice by Noel Watkins, Student