Glass Mosaic – Fluid Double Reverse Method
Dates: September 23-24, 2017 (Saturday-Sunday)
Class Length: 9 am – 4 pm both days (lunch and munch on own)
Skill Level: All Levels
Instructor: John (Solly) Sollinger
Fee: $255 (no materials fee)
# students: 4-6
Made with techniques used by no other, my mosaics receive international acclaim and awards in competition with all media. I bring my teaching skills into the mosaic workshops, which I offer across the US and internationally.
I will share my thought processes and procedures and ask you to share your insights in turn. Through demonstrations and hands-on practice, you will produce a 5 x 7 inch mosaic that may be grouted, framed and hung at home. This 14-hour (minus time spent on lunch and breaks) workshop focuses on process rather than product to maximize learning and interaction. There may be a slide show, given sufficient interest and space.
Participants: You will bring 1) a color and black & white image, 2) substrate, 3) art and stained glass, 4) tools, 5) packing materials to take your mosaic home safely, and 6) camera to check your work-in-progress’ tonal qualities. I will supply the adhesive and other necessary tools and materials. Details follow:
1) Images: You will mosaic directly over the color image and use the B&W image for tone and composition reference). I recommend simple geometric designs or other abstractions. Time is too limited to attempt realism; however, if you must render a photo, keep it simple and small. The size of your images should be no larger than 5×7 inches. If you work quickly, have simple designs and work with smaller images, then you may produce more than one mosaic. Bring sufficient materials, accordingly.
2) Substrate: It can be any board (5x7inches or larger, if you want to use it as part of the frame) that does not warp, but a clear sheet of glass is my first choice; it allows you to visualize the hue and tone effect, since its underside can be painted or adhered to colored substrate.
3) Glass: When choosing your art and stained (more transparent) glass, bring first choices and alternative shades/tone, hues, color mixes and, perhaps, texture. Bring more than you expect to use, for you may wish to do some trading with other participants.
4) Tools: 2-wheeled glass cutters, a glass cutter, running pliers, eye protection, and any other tool that you may already use, such as tweezers.