Hacienda Mosaico Artist Workshops



April 6-12, 2014
Arrive on Sunday, 5 day workshop, depart on Saturday

Leighanna Light

Metal Empowerment

I absolutely love working with metal, and I am so very excited about returning to the gorgeous Hacienda Mosaico. If you’ve never been, you are in for the experience of a lifetime...look at the pictures & imagine 5 days of art making in this beautiful, lush setting! During this week long retreat in paradise, I will be teaching some of my favorite techniques for altering metal, and applying these skills to three different mixed media projects. These techniques will become treasured favorites that can easily be applied to your own art work. You will receive in depth instruction on many aspects of working with metal, including:

  • metal image transfers
  • applying texture to metal
  • a variety of ways to forge, distress & mark metal
  • how to include ink & paint as a design element
  • how to use a variety of patinas to change the look of the metal
  • surface design
  • etching metal
  • attaching objects your work without using glue
  • how to correctly use tools & products
  • how to master object placement, composition & problem solving
  • how to add texture & depth to your work
  • how to create a cohesive, themed project
Whether you are a beginner who might be a little bit intimidated by working with metal,
or a “metal head” like me, looking for some new tricks & techniques, this workshop is for you!
No experience is necessary, just come with an open heart & mind.

Monday - Faux Etching, Surface Design on Metal
We will start off our journey by creating a series of quirky little figurative assemblages using my faux etching technique. This etching technique evolved from a happy accident, ever since I have been having a blast etching every scrap of metal that I can get my hands on!
You will learn a quick & easy process for creating “etched” metal surfaces without having to deal with toxic, harmful chemicals & hours of agitation. After etching the metal in the morning, we will spend the rest of the day constructing the figures. We will also cover basic cold connection methods as well as composition & design. You will create at least 1 figurative sculpture, 2 or more if you work fast.

Tuesday - Birds Gone Wild
Today we will be creating the wackiest flock of birds you’ve ever seen! Not quite sure what to do with the mounds of junk....oops...I mean, treasures that have been accumulating in your studio? Have you been afraid to use that vintage tin, saving it for the “perfect” project?
Well dig it all up, bring it with you!
You will learn a variety of assemblage & composition skills, how to connect metal pieces without glue, and how to grind & soften sharp edges. Most of all, learn how to let go of perfection, let loose & have a blast!
You will create at least 3 unique, one of a kind birds. (the birds that you make in class can be any size, depending on the metal that you bring. Most of mine are around 8” x 5”).

Wednesday -
We will spend the first half of the day exploring and practicing your favorite techniques, putting final touches on the first 2 projects, asking questions & playing. The rest of the day will be spent junking or exploring beautiful Puerto Vallarta. With Sams ‘guidance, we can decide as a group what wonderful places we’d like to explore.

Thursday & Friday - Beyond The Vintage Metal Deck
On the final 2 days, we will transform ordinary metal into a fabulous thick, chunky, beautifully embellished deck of cards. Each student will receive10 flat pieces of metal, each 6 X 3 inches, to transform into a beautiful work of art. We will explore a variety of ways to use & distress metal, cloth, paper, found objects, and you will learn a boatload of brand new ideas & techniques!
You will leave with a unique, beautifully embellished art deck that can be bound by decorative wire or transformed into a book or sculpture if you wish.

  • Retreat Price: $1,625.00 (based on double occupancy).
  • Instruction: 4½ days.
  • 6 nights lodging at Hacienda Mosaico.
  • Unlimited Open Studio available 24/7.
  • Meals Included by the Hacienda’s Personal chef: Sunday evening welcome reception, 5 full breakfasts & 5 lunches served poolside in a tropical setting and a Saturday departure brunch.
  • Free time to explore Puerto Vallarta on Wednesday.
  • Material list will be sent after registration.

Sunday, April 13 - You will arrive on Sunday in Puerto Vallarta and take a short 3.5 mile taxi ride to the Hacienda. Sam will be there to greet you and she will show you to your room. There will be time to unwind and unpack. Then we will have light snacks and drinks between 4 and 6:00 pm, depending on everyone’s arrival times.

Monday, April 14 - Birds Gone Wild workshop 10-1 & 2-5

Tuesday, April 15 - Faux Etching workshop 10-1 & 2-5

Wednesday, April 16 - Free studio play time, exploring and junking

Thursday & Friday, April 17 & 18 - Beyond The Vintage Metal Deck- workshop 10-1 & 2-5

Saturday, April 19 - Depart

Breakfast and lunch are included poolside daily. The studio is available 24/7 and workshops will be offered daily; 10-1pm & 2-5. We will have traditional Mexican appetizers at our Sunday evening Welcome Reception. Mexican cuisine is prepared by Hacienda personal chefs and will be served poolside in an open air, tropical space filled with art, inspiration and margaritas!

A complete supply list will be sent to each participant after registering for the workshop.
Please send questions to:

One: Pay in full at the time of registration
Two: Pay half at the time of registration ($812.50) and pay the remainder by February1st, 2014
Three: Pay $325 deposit at the time of registration,
$650 due on November 1, 2013
$650 on February 1, 2014

Cancellation and refund policy:
All cancellations are subject to a 20% handling fee.
Reservations cancelled prior to 90 days, 50% is refundable.
Less than 60 days, 25% is refundable.
Less than 45 days fee paid is non-refundable.

Leighanna's Links


Faux Etching

faux etching 01
faux etching 02
faux etching 03
faux etching 04

Birds Gone Wild

birds gone wild 01
birds gone wild 02
birds gone wild 03

Vintage Metal Deck

metal deck 01
metal deck 03
metal deck 02

metal deck 04

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