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Walking the line

January 20, 2017 @ 6:00 PM - January 22, 2017 @ 5:00 PM


Rachel Sager "Allegory of Free Will" mosaic - deer headAs mosaic artists, andamento is our most basic language and form of expression. 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.

The next two days, you will be led through a series of exercises involving the ideas of size, space, texture, material and angle. Without the distractions of composition and design, you are able to focus on the line in its purest form.  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. Expect to go home with a study substrate, not a finished composition.

This class will 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: Pennsylvania 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 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. Instructor will also supply two specifically shaped substrates, high-quality thinset mortar, mixing tools, and palette knives.

This class is being held at a private seaside studio in Encinitas, CA.  For registration and more info, please contact Monica Agnew at: agnew.monica@gmail.com

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January 20, 2017 @ 6:00 PM
January 22, 2017 @ 5:00 PM
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Monica Agnew
agnew.monica [at] gmail [dot] com


Blue Heron Studio
Encinitas, CA United States + Google Map