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MUSED & MINOLA with two intensive workshops in September

Still looking for the perfect mosaic workshop for this year? This could be interesting for you!

Along with Ruth Minola Scheibler you already know from an interview here on mused and through her activities with the artist collective MOSAIZM, I will give two workshops in September in Cologne, Germany!

The workshops are directed both to professionals who want to refine their technique and to enthusiastic beginners with basic artistic experience. You will obtain valuable knowledge based on the tradition of Italian masters and the history of mosaics, complemented by the latest insights, tips & tricks from the schools of contemporary mosaic.

True to the motto: <Learn the rules so you can break them properly.>

Below you find all information regarding the workshops. The number of participants is limited per workshop, so go and safe your place! For registration and more information just write an email to workshop@mused-mosaik.de. We are really looking forward to meeting you!


MOSAIC – THE ABC: Focus on Andamenti & Tools

31.8. – 4.9.2015, 40 hours, Monday – Friday, 9am – 18pm

ANDAMENTI. The decomposition of the original motif into its guidelines. The andamenti are the heartbeat of each mosaic, its rhythm, the essential first step in planning a new project. They are very different for each style, follow precise, proven rules that are fundamental for a harmonious overall expression of the work. Through them, we create volume, perspective, movement or even the very personal touch.

What distinguishes the various andamento styles – Roman, Byzantine, classic and modern?
How can I use them to achieve different effects for my mosaic?
How do I determine the size and shape of the tesserae and why?
What role do the joints play?

We will find answers to those questions guiding you through an illustrated theoretical part and associated practical exercises in drawing and placing in direct technique. Through valuable exercises with hammer and hardie and different materials, we show you how unexpectedly precise a variety of shapes can be made with this coarse-looking tool.

In the practical part, you have the opportunity to choose a particular andamento style and implement a work in 30 x 30 cm with the material of your choice. You can choose from marble, smalts, industrial glass, ceramics and other materials from our fundus or just bring what you have at home. We will provide different designs.


MOSAIC – THE GRAMMAR: Focus on Color & Material

7.9. – 11.9.2015, 40 hours, Monday – Friday, 9am – 18pm

In this class, we learn more on what makes a mosaic so interesting and unique: the combination of different materials and the mixing of colours.

In the first theoretical part, we show you how to successfully mix colours and materials and explain different ways of additive and subtractive colour mixing. An excursion covers the rules in the compilation of skin colours in mosaic portrait making.

How do I set a colour scale for my project?
How do I combine warm and cold colours?
How can I influence the colour of one material with another?
What influence does the choice of a particular material and its properties have on the rest of my work?
How can I best use the material I have for my project?

We will find answers to those questions in the practical part of this workshop, creating a series of 3 mosaics in the format 15 x 15 cm, in which you interpret a subject of your choice through the use of different colors and / or materials. This could be a detail of a portrait, the structure of a leaf or another detail. We will provide different designs.

In this workshop, we work with hammer and hardie, the traditional mosaic tool, in direct technique and contemporary style. Choose from different materials like marble, smalts, ceramics and others from our fundus or just bring your own!



[ezcol_1quarter]minola[/ezcol_1quarter] [ezcol_3quarter_end]Ruth Minola Scheibler (1980): 2003 Master degree at Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli in Spilimbergo, Italy. Since 2004 she is working internationally as a freelance professional, artist and teacher. She has contributed to the restoration of important mosaics and is a founding member of the collective MOSAIZM. She has always put  special attention on experimental work and her personal artistic development.[/ezcol_3quarter_end]
[ezcol_1quarter]miriam_bastisch[/ezcol_1quarter] [ezcol_3quarter_end]Miriam Bastisch (1982): M.A. in Media and Cultural Studies, student in the second year of training at the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli in Spilimbergo, Italy. With her trilingual blog mused-mosaik.de, since 2012, she gives practical information on mosaic techniques, presents interviews with prominent and emerging artists from the international mosaic scene and gives insights into the work of mosaic artists. First cooperation and teaching activities with Babylon Mosaic in France and Zäch Mosaike in Berlin. [/ezcol_3quarter_end]



Costs per workshop: 590 Euros including documentation, material and tools. Only the mosaic hammer should be brought or purchased by us locally at the special price of 65 Euros.
10% discount for students / registration before April 15th, 2015 / participation in both workshops (discounts can’t be combined)

Languages: German (open to Italian, French and English speakers)

Location: charming space in the heart of Cologne
Bürgerzentrum Alte Feuerwache, Melchior Strasse 3, 50670 Cologne

Registration and further information: workshop@mused-mosaik.de

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    Like to hear from you! (workshops)


    1. says: miriam

      Hey Suzanne, nice to hear that you would like to take part in a workshop. I am planning a portrait mosaic workshop in autumn, but it is still a bit vague. I will let you know when I have more information.
      Best wishes,

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