Building Better Backgrounds

  • Vienna Art Center 115 Pleasant Street Northwest Vienna, VA, 22180 United States

Backgrounds in mosaic can be so much more than opus tessellatum. If you love creating the foreground of your mosaic but get stymied by the background, or just find mosaicking the background plain boring, this workshop is for you. Starting with a mosaic grammar lesson, this lecture and workbook focused workshop will introduce students to a whole variety of possibilities for improving their backgrounds. Working with ink and colored pencils, students will explore these new possibilities on paper. 

Topics such as using contrast, color, and various mosaic opera to create interest and emotion will be covered. Students will be guided as to how to make choices to create the most effective backgrounds possible in their mosaics. 

Class participants are encouraged to send Margo photos of work either finished or unfinished, as the end of class will feature a discussion about potential background improvements for future work and possibilities for unfinished work. 

This workshop will be of particular interest to those beginner and intermediate students who want to improve the design of their mosaics, particularly in regards to the background.

Price: $175 plus $15 materials fee

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