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Mosaic ACT: Abstract Color & Texture G210713

Get in the Mosaic ACT: Abstract, Color & Texture! Inspiration can be found all around us… Explore ‘seeing’ an abstract composition by choosing from some images provided, then deconstructing your image into something new. We will examine basic design principles to help with your abstract composition. During our week, we will begin each morning with a brief meditation on creativity and inspiration. After nailing down your abstract design, we will delve into adding texture, depth and dimension to create your monochromatic mosaic.

You will choose from pre-bagged materials in a single hue, consisting of miscellaneous glass and other random objects and materials. A variety of adhesives will be available for you to build your mosaic on the board provided. Most participants may complete one mosaic during the week, and some go on to finish another project of their choosing. All supplies are furnished for at least one mosaic with many extra supplies on hand for more. Upon registration, students will receive a short email list of items to bring.

Learning: This workshop should particularly benefit those who want to explore a limited color palette and work in the abstract with color and texture while responding to a variety of materials to give voice and texture to your design. Mosaic is such a tactile medium, this is your chance to see why! Students with some basic mosaic experience may learn further mosaic fundamentals and how to apply those techniques to their art. Experience with cutting glass is helpful but not necessary. Cutting instruction with assorted glass is taught as well as how to grout and finish your pieces. Open to anyone over age 13 of all levels.

This workshop is great for beginning mosaic artists as well as anyone who would like to hone some mosaic skills. Come learn a bit of mosaic history and discover what is new in modern mosaics. Some participants may work quickly and finish the mosaic in a few days, while others may work on it all week. We’ll begin each morning with a brief meditation on creativity and inspiration. The course includes lots of hand-on instruction and demonstrations with open studio time in the afternoons if you would like to work on your own. Evening sessions will begin with brief visual presentations including the history of mosaic art, samples of modern mosaics in a variety of applications and time to work on your piece. We look forward to a closing exhibit with other Festival of Arts courses to wrap up our week on Friday evening.


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In-person workshops begin with check-in at 3:00 p.m. and a ranch orientation in the evening on the first date listed for the course and end at 10:00 a.m. with checkout on the last date listed.

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  • During Covid-19 periods, all lodging types will be single occupancy at no additional charge. Of course, you can share a room with a spouse, partner, family or another person that shares your full-time residence. The extra folks that share a room will pay for workshop registration fees and meals.
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Private Bath Room: There is a bathroom in that one room that is not shared between or with any other rooms. The highest rate tier of Ghost Ranch lodging.

Semi-private/shared: There is a bathroom between two rooms that is shared by the occupants of the two adjoining sleeping rooms. These rooms will only be used as family or group suites, not to be shared by unknown neighbors as in the past.

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  • Kathy Thaden
    Kathy Thaden

    Kathy Thaden links her art to her faith — expressing awe at creation and the Creator — whether abstract pieces, liturgical commissions or mosaic sculpture.
    Kathy’s study of fine arts and degree in Commercial Art led her to a 25-year career in television art direction. Kathy won numerous honors for her graphic design, animation, and set design, including seven Emmy Awards. Seeking something more tactile, Kathy’s creativity now flows through contemporary mosaic art. Working with glass is a transforming process. The pieces are broken, change shape, fit together, then made whole again — sometimes in surprising ways. Kathy’s award winning work has been shown across the US and Canada. Kathy also creates commissioned mosaics including liturgical art. A Professional Member of the Society of American Mosaic Artists and the Episcopal Church & Visual Arts, Kathy is also founder and past-President of Colorado Mosaic Artists.
    Kathy recently came across this quote from Trappist monk Thomas Merton, “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”


Jul 05 - 10 2021



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