Mosaic Art Classes – Spring 2018

BRAND NEW Mosaic Workshops!

Come and learn the ancient and easy Art of Mosaic, in a relaxed and supportive environment.

Sat 24th February – Mosaic Art Class for beginners – children aged 8+ welcome with parents.

Sat 24th March – 3D Mosaic Class for all skill levels – adults only.

Would love to see you there!

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With my Warmest Wishes,

By | 2018-07-23T13:46:36+00:00 January 28th, 2018|Art Workshops, color, Colour, Creativity, Education, Inspiration, Mosaic, Mosaic Art|0 Comments

Adults Art Classes

Teaching adults is such a joy. Every Spring I teach a series classes to adults and this year the first Adults Class was Mosaic Art. Participants made a Door Number Plaque or Artwork for their home. They learnt the very basics techniques of Mosaic Art – a historic and simple process that is a delight to learn and easy to master in one class. Its wonderful to help adults relax and design their own Artwork based on materials they may have not even seen before. I always provide a huge selection of glass and ceramic tiles to choose from, which are hand prepared and cut prior to the workshop. Each participant was an absolute beginner, so it was great to help them start their Mosaic journey. Just have a look at what they produced below – in just 4 hours!

At the end of April I have a Mandala Making Class coming up! This one is Drawing and Painting Motifs, to create a circular pattern that radiates out from the centre. I’ll be taking my  Adults Colouring Book, Colour My Soul, to help inspire them. I’m looking forward to seeing what the participants come up with this time!

With Warm Wishes,

By | 2017-03-26T22:30:18+00:00 March 19th, 2017|Art Workshops, color, Colour, Creativity, Education, Inspiration, Mosaic, Mosaic Art|0 Comments

The Muswell Hill Mosaic is nearly Complete!

Muswell Hill Mosaic

Its the end of August and the Mosaic for Muswell Hill, North London is nearly finished!

The final Mosaic Art Workshop with the Public is complete and I am so pleased with how its all turned out. Around 50 people of all ages, cultures and religions took part over 3 afternoons. The first workshop was part of the Midsummer Muswell Festival in June 2016, the second was 2 weeks later and the third was part of the final Summer Sessions in the Methodist Church, Pages Lane.

It’s so wonderful to provide an activity which transcends any barriers that people may have and make something beautiful together. Every person can be proud of their new found skill and feel a sense of ownership of the Artwork. I’ve had some wonderful feedback from the participants who are all excited for this new addition to St James square – something that will give Muswell Hill more community identity.

I’m looking forward to putting the very last few tiles down over the coming weeks and then we can finalise an installation date for October 2016. I’m looking forward to everyone admiring their creation regularly, once it is in its final position.

You can see all the photos from the Making of the Mosaic on My Facebook Page and some on my Instagram. A full gallery of images will be posted in the Gallery Section of this website, after the installation.

For details on the design of the Mosaic, please see the original post on the blog.

If you would like to donate to this Project, please do so here, thank you.

Stay tuned for a final update on when its installed and the big reveal!

With My Warm Wishes,

By | 2018-07-23T13:51:57+00:00 August 28th, 2016|Art Workshops, color, Colour, Creativity, Education, Inspiration, Mosaic, Mosaic Art|0 Comments

Contrasting Colours (Colour Theory)

Its great to top up your knowledge on Colour Theory, so that you have wealth of information to call on when you need it. I have always been hugely influenced by Colour. You can see it strongly throughout all my work from Sculpture, Mosaic and Painting. This week on Periscope, we discussed the 7 types of Contrasting colours as outlined in “Itten -The Elements of Colour” (a treatise on the colour system on Johannes Itten – The art of colour, published in 1961). Hugely important for all kinds of visual artists from set designers to digital artists.

7 types of Contrasting Colours

1- Hue. The most contrasting colours are Red, Blue and Yellow (as they are primary) followed by Green, Purple and Orange (as the secondary colours are less vivid). If you contrast any of these with Black and White you also get a bold contrast effect.

2- Light/Dark. Placing a lighter colour against a darker colour produces a contrast and of course Black and White would be the strongest. When you mix any colour with White to get lighter or mix with black to get darker, you get an infinite amount of grey tones which produce shades (using black) or tints (using white).

3- Warm/Cool. Yellows, Oranges, Reds and Pinks are warm colours and Greens, blues and Purples are cool colours (although purple can lean more to warm if it is a more red purple). Putting warm colours and cool colours together produce great contrasting effects.

4- Complementary. Complementary colours are some of the most invaluable colour combinations that we have. Appearing on opposite ends of the colour wheel, Contrasting colour combinations are intense and dynamic.  Orange & blue, Green & Red, Purple & Yellow are the three main complementaries.

5- Simultaneous. This type of contrasting colour is interesting because its where we begin to see slight optical illusions. Simultaneous contrasting is the fact that when you see one colour, your eye also generates its complimentary colour. You can see this as evident when you place a neutral colour such as grey next to your colour. Within this grey you begin to see tinges of the complimentary colour. Its so fascinating!

6- Saturation. This type of contrast is based on the vividness of a colour. The most effective contrast being the most vivid of a colour and the least vivid. The colour is usually mixed with varying amounts of grey tones, to produce what I like to call ‘dusky’ colours.

7- Extension. This is the most complex of all the types of contrasts. Contrast of Extension means the proportion of two or more colours next to each other. For example, if you had a large green circle and within it, a small red circle, the red circle is contrasting to the green because it seems so much more vivid, even though it is smaller, because of its powerful hue.

I asked my viewers what their favourite complimentary colour pairing was and the majority chose the pairing of blue-green and orange-red. You can see that pairing across the centre of the colour wheel above.

What your favourite?

Until next week. With Warm Wishes,