In this, our third year of offering beginner and advanced workshops, we are really starting to take off! Because we bring the most popular teachers to Cape Cod every summer, the mosaic world is noticing. Students are signing up at a record pace. As a matter of fact, one of our teachers, Yulia Hanansen has a full workshop with a waiting list developing already - and it's only March!
Sonia King and Lynne Chinn are always pleased to come back to the Cape and so are their students. Many have signed up already, but there are still a few slots available. We are very excited and pleased to see that Laurie Mika and Susan Wechsler have such a big following. Their enrollments are very high, too.
The message in all if this is to act now and sign up today. If you snooze, you loose as they say. :) And we want everyone to be a winner !
We are so excited to share our list of teachers who have signed on to teach this year. It will be great to see old friends Sonia King, Lynne Chinn and Yulia Hanansen, who have taught here in the past. New teachers this year are Susan Weschler and Laurie Mika. If you know their work, I'm sure you are anxious to meet them, too.
The workshops will be held this summer in the month of July. Cape Cod is the place to be in July. Drive down the highway and you'll see the SUV's are packed to the roof with beach toys and coolers heading to the summer cottage. The sandy beaches are chock full with blankets and umbrellas as the kids play in our warm salty water. In the evenings, couples walk arm in arm walking along Main Street, peeking into the many shops and deciding which of the dozen or so trendy restaurants to explore.
What a great time for you to plan your summer vacation. And how could it get any better to take a mosaic workshop and then spend a few days seeing the sites?
Be sure to look in your email box in January for all the details of the workshops including class descriptions and prices. And sign up early, because these workshops always sell out fast!
When Joanne Smith heard that Jay Ryan, the Principal of Rochester Memorial School was to retire she felt that she had to pay tribute in a big way. She had taken a mosaic workshop from Cape Cod Mosaic Workshops the previous Fall and during the class, she decided that he should have a mosaic mural placed in his honor at the elementary school.
Joanne researchd various ideas and came apon of mosic "Tree of Learning" and decided to produce such a project with her talented students.
Jim Bowen of Cape Cod Mosaic Workshops was asked to participate as the "artist in residence" during the month of May and the process began.
Students where given a fun power point presentation by Bowen, explaing a brief history of mosaics. He also showed the many objects that mosaics could be made of- from tiles and glass to jelly beans and even Cheeto's! Students were shown the tools used in this ancient art form and learned how to nip the tiles. His main focus however was community mosaic murals. He explained that like a community is composed of many people of all shapes, sizes and colors, so is a mosaic made of many pieces of all shapes, sizes and colors. Demonstrating community mosaic projects from around the world such as the country of Haiti, he explained that public art projects such as a mosaic mural can use the broken pieces of china and tile from an earthquake and be put together by members of a community to create something beautiful as a means to "heal" the community after a devasting event such as a natural disaster.
Mrs. Smith gave each student s snack sized baggie with a note explaining that the kids should bring a personal object to school in the bag which had some significance to them. Students were asked to write a short note explaining their choice. The object would then be used in a mosaic leaf that each student would create with a parent on the annual Art Night.
Dozens of parents and kids showed up to participate as Bowen and his wife Debbie guided them. The results were over a hundred leaves and a sturdy tree trunk which was permanantly attached to the main entrance wall at the school.
Kudos to Joanne Smith for organizing this vast tribute and to all the chidren for participating. Also, a special thank you to parent assistants Ilana and Michelle who helped Jim put the tree together and thin set it to the wall.
On a personal note, I want to mention how impressed I was with the students. I was able to teach over 600 students during the two days that I worked with them. They listened with apt attention and behaved perfectly. It was so refreshing to see how they responded to Mrs. Smith with politeness and disipline, a testament to her remarkable teaching skills.
PS Here is a link to Michelle's blog that she wrote about his project. please enjoy.
June 10&11 was a special time at Highfield Hall as I taught a workshop entitled, "Create a Mosaic Memory Mirror".Pique Assiette translates to "broken plates" and this is the style of art that we created. Many of the students brought items that had special meaning from home such as a wedding invitation, religious cross and beach glass and sea shells which they had painstakingly collected from local shores and beyond.
We discussed all the ways to gather china and what-nots. Antigue stores, thrift shops, and ebay were some of the ideas that we shared. After completing the mirror, some had time to work on a clay pot as an extra bonus.
I was so impressed with this group of anxious ladies who dived right in without fear to their first exeriance at mosaic art. Even Barbara, a writer from Primetime Magazine who was there to report on the workshop, got her hands into it, creating a flashy white pot with an unexpected shock of bright red.
Visit the "photo gallery" to see more pictures.
I love teaching! That is all there is to it. Some artists prefer to stayed in their studios and work in solitarity. Others really enjoy the comradery of working together at an art center like the Falmouth Art Center here in Falmouth. They go out in groups on location every Monday and work on a scene. Me? My greatest joy is leading a class of eager students who haver never picked up a pair of glass cutters or mixed gooey grout in a bowl. I really enjoy telling them about the history of mosaics and how they began thousands of years ago. I honor then for taking this class and carrying on the tradition of this ancient art form because they will be able to show their work on to others as well.
When I teach, I want to get the students working as quickly as possible, so I save more lecturing for later- after all they didn't come to hear me blabber. They want to create!
In future blogs I will talk about my teaching style and share some thoughts on this subject. For now, please enjoy these photos of last weekend's workshop and more that I have placed in our "Photo Gallery"