Martin Cheek Workshop
Saturday April 13 and Sunday April 14th, 2013
$325 - includes everything
10 am to 4:30 pm
Watch for details for a return visit in April 2014
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The Mosaic Oasis Studio & Supply, presents mosaic artist Martin Cheek to give a Master Mosaic Workshop in Smalti, Millefiori, and Glass Fusions
· Includes a light lunch (cheese, crackers, yogurt, fruit) on both days
· Includes substrate, tesserae (ceramic, vitreous glass, Italian smalti, millifiori, found objects)
· DOES NOT INCLUDE Martin’s custom-made glass fusion
Please call or email us if you are interested - we can only take 12 students, $100 deposit holds your spot
AIMS OF COURSE:
This masterclass with Martin will provide you with an opportunity to learn and create using smalti, millefiori and glass fusions. It is especially for students who have experience in mosaics, allowing you to expand on your existing skills and develop your personal style and creativity.
WHAT STUDENTS SHOULD ACHIEVE:
During the course you will design and make a mosaic of 12 x 12 inches in area.
At the beginning of the day of the course Martin will give a 45 minute PowerPoint slideshow showing how smalti, millefiori and glass fusions are made. Using examples of his own work, Martin will demonstrate how these materials can be incorporated into mosaics for great effect.
Participants will then begin working on their mosaics.
Martin will then give individual instruction and by looking at the participant’s designs will suggest how these different materials can be applied to your artwork. Martin will teach the direct mosaic method using a variety of materials including glass and ceramic tesserae. During the course you will design and make a mosaic approximately 1 sq ft in area and be equipped to tackle more and larger projects. Instruction and individual attention will be friendly and constructive, and a number of people return to Martin's courses due to the relaxed and inspiring atmosphere. This class is geared to those with ability ranging from advanced beginners to advanced students.
As a unique feature, Martin can pre-make bespoke (custom made) fusions especially for the course participants. The participant emails Martin the design plus dimensions a few weeks in advance, then Martin can make fusions of fish fins, butterfly wings, etc.
Martin will bring some with him and he can pre-make fusions especially for students, see examples at:
Martin's Facebook Albums (last year's class is featured, click on The Mask by Pat)
If you are interested email Martin prior to the course and give him the details of your design.
Please note: It is not possible for participants to make their own fusions in this workshop so make sure to place an order with Martin.
STUDENT PREPARATION FOR COURSE
It would be really useful if you could bring with you two design ideas for your mosaic. Try to make your ideas different from each other, so that we will be able to discuss the various mosaic possibilities, which your designs will suggest to me.
Keep you designs simple and bold – remember that the smalti briquettes average 2cm x 1 cm in size so don’t make your design too fiddly! A quick glance at Martin’s website: www.martincheek.co.uk or any of his books will give great examples.
If you don’t have time to prepare any designs before the course, then try and bring some sort of pictorial reference with you. This could be anything from a book to a greetings card that you like or even a piece of wrapping paper or packaging that may have caught your eye. If you can decide and resolve your design beforehand, this will save you valuable time on the first day.
Making mosaics in a detailed thorough way, is very time consuming but is also a very rewarding process that will result in an end product that will give you lasting pleasure. In other words: the course is not just so much about what you finish but more importantly what you learn, which will equip you to continue.
Martin Cheek - A Profile
Martin Cheek graduated in graphic design from Exeter College of Art & Design in 1981. Having made award winning films as a student, he subsequently worked on several puppet animation projects including "The Wind in the Willows" "Paddington Bear" "Noddy in Toyland" and "Portland Bill". He then set up his own production company Cheeky Films Ltd.
For many years Martin was a part time lecturer at the Royal College of Art. He is a former art critic for the Daily Express and now works full time as a professional mosaic artist. Martin is regularly commissioned by both private and corporate clients as well as by museums. His work also appears in leading national magazines and newspapers as well as on television. His weekend courses in the UK and abroad continue to be popular with students from all over the world keen to learn the art of making mosaic. Over 2000 people have now attended Martin’s courses.
“Mosaic is becoming more and more popular both as an art form and as a decorative medium. I regard my mosaic work as a logical progression from animation, both of which involve building a coherent whole, displaying character and movement, from thousands of tiny elements. I am particularly inspired by the natural world and relish the challenge of capturing its organic grace in such a seemingly uncompromising medium.”
See more examples of the March 2012 Martin Cheek Workshop here