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Walk the Line with Rachel Sager at the Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art

January 19 - January 21


Join Rachel at the Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art for her only traveling teaching event in 2018.

In this uniquely-formatted workshop you will explore the philosophies of andamento—our basic language as mosaicists. There can be as many expressions of these pathways as there are artists who work in them. Join Rachel as she asks questions beyond the traditional definitions of what is correct or classical.  Explore not just the finer points of the rules and when it makes sense to break them, but more theoretical observations of andamento as a communication tool.  Share in Rachel’s theories on choice, free will, and andamento as an allegory of Life. Discuss things like intention, cutting, and looking to nature for understanding and, in the process, learn valuable methods to craft more sensitive lines.  This workshop is broken into two parts: talking and doing. The first evening session is purposely hands-off to enable you to relax and soak up ideas and images without the pressure of creating.

In this 3-day workshop you will be led through a precise series of exercises revolving around the ideas of size, space, texture, material and angle. This class is unique in that it disentangles the brain from being distracted by composition and design, and lets you focus on the line in its purest form. As mosaic artists, andamento is our most basic language and form of expression. Rachel will lead you through a dynamic breakdown of how to build lines with personality, how to build lines that communicate ideas—in short—how to build lines that can stand on their own.

This class would benefit all levels, particularly those looking to refine their voice or expand their appreciation of andamento as an instrument of communication.

Special note: This is an actively evolving workshop. If you have taken a form of it in the past, be assured that Rachel will be throwing new challenges at you and exploring new avenues in the miracle of line-building.

Materials provided: piles of raw material in the forms of sandstone, marble, and glass for those who wish to spend time in cutting specific shapes. To avoid the distraction of bling and too many choices, a simple palate of Rachel’s Pennsylvania sandstone will be provided as your anchoring material. Sandstone is the perfect learning stone for those new to the hammer and hardie.

Understand that as a student of andamento, your relationship to your hammer and hardie will be a key element to success. Your Instructor will also supply two specifically shaped substrates, high-quality thin-set mortar, mixing tools, and palette knives.

Fee $425.00 + $65.00 materials


January 19
January 21
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Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art
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