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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Fall Mosaic Workshops: Register Now!

Happy Summer Everyone!

These long slow days have finally given me time to plan out my schedule of classes for the fall. I’m taking the summer to work on my own projects, but I’m looking forward to having the studio full of awesome people making a spectacular variety of beautiful work in the not so distant future.

Click here to read full class descriptions and to register.

I’m offering a 6 week series, called the Mosaic Free for All. It will be on Wednesday evenings (6-9 pm) from September 13- October 18.

Also, back by popular demand are Mosaic Stepping Stones workshops. I’m offering this one-night course on 5 different dates. August 30, September 12, October 23, November 16 and December 5.

Please visit my workshops page for full class descriptions and to register, or contact me with any questions. And remember, if you refer a friend who ends up signing up, you’ll receive a 10% discount on your own tuition!

Rescheduled! Architectural Mosaics Workshop with Cathleen Newsham

I am excited to announce that Cathleen Newsham, founding member of the New England Mosaic Society, will be teaching this workshop in my studio in March! Space is limited, sign up early!

Creating Architectural Mosaics with Cathleen Newsham

*New Date: Saturday March 18, 10am-5pm & Sunday March 19, 10am-3pm, 2017

If you love mosaics and are ready to tackle installations but don’t know where to start, this is the workshop for you! Taking on an architectural mosaic project can be a scary prospect! In this two day workshop, Cathleen Newsham, founder of Modern Mosaic Arts, will try to calm your nerves by showing you her tried and true techniques and sharing her experiences from 17 years of architectural mosaic creation. Detailing the initial process of pricing, presenting and designing, as well as sourcing, fabrication and installing, she will reveal her secrets to a successful mosaic installation. You will get an inside look at how a mural is made and how to turn your love of mosaic into a business that can be profitable and fun!

This is a professional development workshop, so you will not be completing a mosaic. You will take home two small ungrouted test mosaics that will allow you to try the techniques we will be discussing, enabling you to feel confident in your abilities before starting a project of your own. The goal of this class is to listen and learn, not to create an art piece.

Sign up now! Space is limited! Discount for NEMS members!

$400 plus $10 materials fee

$25 discount for New England Mosaic Society Members

Register Now!

Regular Price 

NEMS Member Price 

Here are some of Cathleen’s installations:






You can see more of Cathleen’s work on her Facebook Page, or on her Website.


Cathleen Newsham, Owner, Modern Mosaic Arts, LLC, Danbury, CT

For 17 years, Cathleen has been designing, fabricating and installing architectural mosaics.  With degrees in graphic design and fine art, she continues her creative studies with accomplished mosaic and fine artists, learning new techniques and materials, and meeting other creatives from around the world. Between architectural and graphic design projects, you will find Cathleen traveling throughout the U.S. teaching the art and business of mosaic.

917-796-6086     Email Cathleen

Here is what some of Cathleen’s past students have to say about this workshop:

“I have taken an Architectural Mosaic workshop with Cathleen Newsham over the past weekend, through Mosaic Oasis in Arlington MA. Cathleen provided a wealth of practical, applied knowledge from how to price out a potential job, to seeking out clientele, to mosaic installation that is durable in the New England climate. I feel very equipped to take on an architectural installation job since taking the workshop. Thank you, Cathleen!”
Cassie Doyon
“I took the class and really loved it, Cathleen is so knowledgeable about the topic and has an endless amount of experience! It was so great to be hearing about supplies, vendors and more that actually work and we can feel confident using. Thanks Cathleen, I have a meeting with the staff at the spiritual center next week about their outside mosaic and feel so much more confident about the project!”
Cheryl Cohen
“Thank you for taking the time this weekend to share all you have learned about large mosaic installations. I feel inspired and it was all very helpful to me. And thank you for the amazing notebook chocked full of so much great info!”
Carol Krentzman
“I really enjoyed meeting you and taking your class this past weekend. I learned great tips that are relevant to my current project. Thank you for your advice on my installation!”
Michael J. Ferreira

The Art of Transformation: A Yoga, Writing & Mosaics Workshop

I am excited to announce this new workshop that I will be co-leading with Cait Scudder, August 6-7. Please help spread the word!

The Art of Transformation



Cait Scudder



Cait Scudder, MATRYT-500, is a yoga teacher, writer and international workshop leader living in Bali. Passionate about creating safe spaces for transformation and expansion, she teaches meditation, yoga and creative writing to groups around the globe.


Do you feel stuck? Do you long to get out of your head, into your body and start living a more joyful life? Are you ready to remove the blocks of judgment and self-doubt standing between you and your creative expression? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this workshop is for you!

Join us for this 2-day transformation workshop designed to break down old stories, ignite your creativity, and reconnect you to an embodied sense of wholeness in community. Through a blend of creative writing exercises, gentle all-levels yoga, and a playful exploration of materials, you will be encouraged to craft your story into a mosaic, rearranging the pieces in a way that fuels growth, unlocks expression of self and fosters a sense of connection.

No experience necessary!

Dates: August 6 & 7, 10 am to 3:30 both days
Cost: $230, includes all materials, plus a catered healthy lunch both days

Just a kid in a candy store

Last week I had the incredible experience of heading out west for some very valuable professional development. I have always wished that there was a place in the northeast to take professional level mosaics workshops. Since there isn’t, I decided that a trip to the Institute of Mosaic Art in Berkeley ,California was in order! Luckily my very good friends Sarah and JC live in Oakland, just 20 minutes from the school, so I was able to visit them and stay in their beautiful house overlooking all of Oakland and San Francisco!


Sunset view over Oakland

Sunset view over Oakland

I attended a 3 day intensive workshop taught by world renowned mosaic artist Sonia King from Dallas Texas. She is a wealth of knowledge about mosaics from many perspectives- technical, creative, multi-media, world mosaic scene, historical, and personal expression. I learned many things that I am already using in my work, and also re-learned many things that I already knew, but now they are more present in my mind. I discovered some clearer ways of explaining things in my own teaching, and I thought about my own style and how I can push the limits of my creativity in my own unique way.

The Institute of Mosaic Art (IMA) has a very enticing mosaic supply store that I have ordered things from before, but it was a treat to be there in person and see and touch all of the beautiful materials. It’s really like being in a giant candy store.

Since I had candy on the mind, I decided to go with that theme for my own mosaic project. I took this picture of a lollipop display in a Walgreens and it became my inspiration for my own mosaic. I used some glass pieces that I made in my glass fusing class a few weeks ago that reminded me of candy, and some pieces I found in the shop there. It’s still a work in progress (I spent a lot of class time just soaking in all the information like a sponge and taking notes rather than focusing on finishing my piece.

The other students in the class were mostly professional mosaic artists. They were all very inspiring in a variety of ways, and I was so excited to spend 3 days with this group in this space. It’s good for me as a teacher to also be a continual student so I can remember what it feels like to learn. It has opened up my mind to many new ideas for projects and how to value my work in new ways.


Sonia King, instructor (wearing blue) doing a demo for the class

Sonia King, instructor (wearing blue) doing a demo for the class

A couple of my classmates offering their thoughts about my work. Photo credit to Cate Thomassen, a fellow student and very talented artist. Check out her site: www.shardartist.com

A couple of my classmates offering their thoughts about my work. Photo credit to Cate Thomassen, a fellow student and very talented artist. Check out her site: www.shardartist.com