Beliana Mosaics Workshops

Announcing March Workshops 2023

Understanding Values with Marian Shapiro

1 Day, Thursday 2nd March 2023 : 9.00am - 5.00pm

Join acclaimed mosaic artist Marian Shapiro in this one day workshop exploring the use of values in mosaic. Value, (how light or dark something is) is an important concept in art. Particularly in mosaic, knowing how to use values contributes enormously to the “readability” of a piece. Using a mix of theory and practical exercises, this workshop will give you an understanding of the concept of value and the tools to use it effectively in your own mosaic work. Materials and adhesives are supplied.

In the morning we look at basic colour theory and how it applies to mosaic. We then focus specifically on value and learn tips and tricks for working out value. We look at colour gradation and you learn how to make a smooth transition from one colour to another in mosaic.

We also look at how values work when grouting a project – addressing the vexed question of “what colour will I grout it”? In the afternoon we put theory into practice. You make a small monochrome mosaic from a choice of two designs.

Suitable for those who have been working in mosaic for a while and would like to take their work to a new level. Marian is happy to answer questions about course content in advance.
Email: mshapiro@dariandesign.com.au or phone 0404 850157

Where: Beliana Mosaics, Gembrook VIC
Lunch: Please bring your lunch. Morning and Afternoon tea provided.
Level: TBA. Max no. of participants 8
Note: This workshop is open to people who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Proof of vaccination will be required.

Cost: $205

  • $180 plus materials fee of $25
  • Payment in full at time of booking. Fee includes $75 non refundable deposit

Understanding Andamento with Marian Shapiro

1 Day, Friday 3rd March 2023 : 9.00am - 5.00pm

Want to take your work to the next level?
This workshop gives you a theoretical and practical understanding of the visual grammar of mosaics by looking at both traditional and modern andamento (flow) and opus (laying patterns).

Discover how to cut and lay your tesserae to best enhance your work.
There’ll be an in depth look at cutting and laying curves and circles and we’ll tackle the tricky triangle issue.

The day is theoretical and consists of presentations and exercises on and with paper. No drawing skills needed. At the end of the day, you will be able to apply what you’ve learned to your own design.

Intermediate: Suitable for those who have been working in mosaic for a while and would like to take their work to a new level.

Marian is happy to answer questions about course content in advance.
Email: mshapiro@dariandesign.com.au or phone 0404 850157

Where: Beliana Mosaics, Gembrook VIC
Lunch: Please bring your lunch. Morning and Afternoon tea provided.
Level: Intermediate. Max no. of participants 8
Note: This workshop is open to people who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Proof of vaccination will be required.

Cost: $185

  • $180 plus materials fee of $5
  • Payment in full at time of booking. Fee includes $75 non refundable deposit

Working with Smalti with Marian Shapiro

2 Days, Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th March 2023 :
9.00am - 5.00pm

Always wanted to use smalti? A traditional and prestigious mosaic material with unique properties with light, smalti has been used for over a thousand years to produce beautiful mosaic work. Discover the history of smalti and the differences and similarities between the different makes. Explore the visual effects which can be achieved by different ways of laying smalti and discover how to cut it using modern cutting techniques.

You work towards a small ungrouted smalti mosaic (25 x 25 cm) to your own design.

This workshop is at intermediate level and is for people with some mosaic experience, though experience of working with smalti is not necessary. It is not suitable for beginners. Full notes, substrates and adhesives are provided, but you need to bring your own smalti and wheeled nippers. If you wish to use Mexican Smalti, there will be a discount available to registered participants from Smalti Australia.

Marian is happy to answer questions about course content in advance
Email: mshapiro@dariandesign.com.au or phone 0404 850157

Where: Beliana Mosaics, Gembrook VIC
Lunch: Please bring your lunch. Morning and Afternoon tea provided.
Level: TBA. Max no. of participants 8
Note: This workshop is open to people who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Proof of vaccination will be required.

Cost: $340

  • $320 plus materials fee of $20 (smalti not included)
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Payment in full at time of booking. Fee includes $75 non refundable deposit

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Belinda’s classes and workshops are based at her beautiful home studio in Gembrook Victoria.

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