Hacienda Mosaico Artist Workshops



Nov 26 to Dec 2, 2017
Arrival the Sunday, 5 day workshop, depart Saturday

Laurel True
Go Big! Mosaic Mural Making Workshop in Mexico

Learn the skills and techniques used in mosaic mural making while enjoying the inspiring and relaxing environment at Haciendo Mosaico... one of my favorite places to teach.

During this week-long workshop we will work as a team to create a radial mosaic mural that we will install together on an exterior wall. Students will come away with skills and techniques they can use to
create future mural projects of their own.

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Workshop includes step-by-step instruction in mosaic making principles using ceramic, mirror and glass, as well as technical lessons in precision tool use, construction methods for larger works and installation and grouting techniques for murals and other architectural projects.

Additional topics covered:

  • Designing for mosaic murals
  • Estimating and sourcing materials
  • Coding and mapping techniques for larger work
  • Working with materials of different heights and shapes
  • Using the Tile Tape Method to create murals
  • Environmental considerations for murals
  • Tips and tricks for painless installation
  • Working effectively as a team

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The mural we create during the workshop will be of a size and complexity that can be completed and installed during the week while allowing for time to enjoy the beautiful surroundings at Hacienda Mosaico... and have personal time to relax into a great creative retreat.
Students will also have the option to create a small mosaic piece of their own to take home. The beautiful, open air studio at Hacienda Mosaico is open 24 hours for students to use outside of workshop hours.
Some mornings will include discussions about the role of creative expression in our lives and other topics related to inspiration and creativity.
This workshop is excellent training for those who want to take their skills to the next level, move into creating larger work, and community builders and teachers who would like to create murals for schools or public spaces.
Open to students of all levels, although some mosaic experience may be helpful, it is not necessary.

Hacienda Mosaico is one of my favorite places to teach. I hope you can join me for this fun,
community-building creative experience!

Workshop fee: $1950
Investment includes:
Five days of workshop instruction
All materials
Accommodations (based on double occupancy)
Healthy and delicious breakfast and lunch
An all-around awesome time

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True received a degree from University of Wisconsin in African Studies, and has studied at Studio Arte del Mosaico in Ravenna, Italy, Universite Chiek Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal, Parsons School of Design and the Art Institute of Chicago. She pursued specialized training through an apprenticeships, most notably with Isaiah Zagar in Philadelphia in 1991.
Over the past 25 years, she has designed, created and facilitated hundreds of projects for hospitals, parks, commercial, residential and public spaces in the US, Haiti, Africa, Europe, Turkey and Latin America.

True co-founded the Institute of Mosaic Art in Oakland, California, in 2005, a pioneering mosaic education and resource center, and has fostered education in the mosaic arts through participatory creative placemaking, teaching and lecturing around the world.
True is Founding Director of The Global Mosaic Project, which provides art education and entrepreneurial training to underserved communities in urban and developing areas. She has worked extensively with communities to facilitate street art projects that communicate and celebrate historical, cultural and social justice issues relevant to local participants and residents.
Laurel has partnered extensively with public health organization Partners In Health, working with communities to create artwork for hospitals and clinics in Central Haiti. She serves as Director of the Mosaic Program at Art Creation Foundation For Children, in Jacmel, Haiti, teaching and mentoring youth in mosaic mural making, architectural mosaics and entrepreneurial skills. Her students have created over 40 mosaic murals throughout the city of Jacmel.
True was an invited participant in the First International Urban Mosaic Intervention in Chile in 2014 and was awarded a role as creative ambassador through the International Community Mural Arts Program through the US Department of State in May 2016. She is a member of Community Built Association, Society of American Mosaic Artists, Americans for the Arts, Global Alliance for Arts in Healthcare, National Association of Art Educators and the Haiti-New Orleans Heritage Task Force.
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