In this fascinating and challenging course, participants will learn intriguing facts about sacred geometry, nature and art, the Golden Ratio, and elements of mandala design. (Mandalas are round geometric designs, with (or without) individual, spiritual or religious significance.) The techniques we will learn were used and understood by our Byzantine predecessors, and will give each of us the ability to create beautiful works of geometric mosaic art.
Each student will receive their own design tool kit, put together by Dianne specifically for workshop participants. Participants will learn how to effectively use compasses, protractors and calipers to expand their design capabilities. Using a combination of instruction and exercises, we will design an individual mandala on paper, translate that design onto the substrate, and begin the creation of our mosaics. While it is possible to finish the mosaic work during the weekend, most participants choose to proceed at their own pace and complete their mosaic at home. Dianne will do a grouting/finishing discussion and send grout and instructions home with everyone.
Materials will be provided, although participants are welcome to bring items from home if they choose. Many students like to bring a "focal point" for the center of their mandala. Something between approximately 1/2" to 4" that has particular significance.
Each participant will leave the workshop with enhanced design abilities, a different view of the universe we live in, and the tools and knowledge to create beautiful mosaic mandala designs on their own.
Dianne will guide you through the process from beginning to end, with multimedia presentations and plenty of hands-on learning. There will be ample time for questions and discussion. This is Dianne's "signature" course, based on her years of exploration, inquiry and experimentation.
LEVEL: Intermediate, or with some basic mosaic experience.
Instructor: Dianne Sonnenberg
Tuition: $350 (includes materials)