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BEAT – Less than a MONTH to go.

The BEAT Ealing Art Trail event is picking up momentum and is less than a month away. Yikes!

BEAT – Borough of Ealing Art Trail, is taking place over 2 weekends in September.  I am delighted to be taking part this year and have all sorts of great ideas and specials to offer visitors that come to see me at VENUE 45.

The brochure is now available and I am distributing them far and wide, especially in the Pitshanger area.  Its a lovely pocket size full colour brochure that shows all the artists with an individual profile, information on opening times, maps and anything else you may need to know about the event. If you want a brochure or if you can take a batch to your work place, school, community group, sports team etc. just give me a shout. The more we get out the better and it would be nice to promote the event in other boroughs as well.

There is also a great website that has all the above info for visitors and lots of helpful advice and tips for us artists. Hints and Tips on exhibiting and how to make the most of Social Media have been particularly useful to me.

Along with showing my work I will have mosaics and cards for sale.

I will also raffle a mosaic at £1 per ticket and all the monies raised from this will be going to the Log Cabin Charity, where I made several mosaics on a voluntary basis.

As it is my fist BEAT I want to make it as interesting for visitors as possible as well as enjoying the experience myself. If you have any great ideas, or you have exhibited before and can offer me any tips do let me know. In the meantime I am busy, busy, busy making mosaics and planning and plotting on how to display everything.

 

 

 

The Story Behind the OPEN Ealing / O’Grady Court Mosaic

When Maud from OPEN Ealing asked me if I would like to run a Mosaic Workshop for the local children during their half term art programme, I was delighted. I love working on community projects and I couldn’t resist the idea of introducing children  to the wonderful art form of mosaic

OPEN Ealing is an arts centre that is the focus for creative excellence,inclusion and aspiration. Their aim is to introduce a refreshing cultural space and exciting arts programmes to the community by bringing artists, performers, art groups and residents together, promoting creativity and creating new opportunities.

The remit was that during the week children would carry out various art projects ‘Following in the Footsteps of’ a famous artist. To be honest, one of my favourite artists is Rembrandt who’s dark and m0ody self portraits do not lend themselves to a children’s bright mosaic project! No worries, I would decide on the mosaic first and then work in an artist.

It was agreed that rather than make individual pieces, we would make one large mosaic which we would donate to a local organisation. Maud identified O’Grady Court, a sheltered housing complex, who were delighted with our offer of a mosaic for their beautiful rooftop garden.

Log Cabin Tree

Log Cabin AutumnTree

My biggest challenge was not knowing how many children would turn up, their ages and artistic ability. I didn’t want anything  too simplistic that would not catch their imagination but I was also aware that if the piece was too large I would be doing a lot of mosaicing at home that night! Also, how do a group work on one piece while putting their personalised stamp on it.  Eventually I took inspiration from the trees I made for the Log Cabin, lots of different sections with varied styles within the overall piece.

Luckily for me my nephew Steven, a maths teacher, was coming to stay for the weekend so as soon as he arrived he was given a cold beer and told to ‘design’ a tree made up of squares, rectangles and other mathematical shapes – all alien to a ‘creative’ like me!

the mosaicOn the day 10 children arrived and were immediately attracted to the beautiful glass tiles, shiny ceramic beads and glittery adornments. Working in pairs, they selected the sections they wanted to work on and then, armed with their handfuls of ‘coloured treasure’, started to design their section before placing and sticking them in the main piece. They were totally engrossed and were determined that the mosaic would be finished within the session, so all of them were working flat out. Each section is very individual – some of the children were incredibly neat, others were colour focused, many had an abstract slant. The end result is a fantastic ‘mix n match’ of different styles, all very distinctive but they all work in harmony as a whole.

I hope you will agree that our ‘Picasso Influenced Cubist Tree‘ is a great success.

 

Mosaic Lessons

P1050392This year I intend to continue offering Mosaic Lessons to people who are interested in learning the basic, first stages of mosaic making.

I offer one day lessons on an ad-hoc, request led basis. These are usually for small groups of up to 4 people or on a one-to-one basis. They are held in my West London studio and I provide all the materials needed.

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People know that I am a ‘hands-on’ type of person and that is how I run my lessons.  I don’t spend much time on the theory and history of mosaic as you can read up on all of that in various books and the internet. I like you to get your sleeves rolled up and your hands dirty straight away. The aim is to make a small piece that hopefully can be completed and taken home that day. The sessions are informative, relaxed and fun and will give people a flavour of the very early stages of mosaic making.

Lesson 4I usually find that people are a bit over optimistic about their ‘first piece’ and they come along with all sorts of stunning, complex  images from the internet. One person even asked if she could make an interpretation of Van Goughs ‘Sunflowers’ in her beginners class. I thought ‘I hope not’ otherwise I will have major competition in the mosaic field!! But joking apart, I do try to meet expectations once people realise that mosaic is its own art form. If you bring a water colour painting to mosaic, the completed piece will look like a mosaic, not a watercolour painting.

Whatever type of session you need, I can usually accommodate it.

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Sometimes people have an idea of the piece they want to make and they may even have some special tiles they would like to use. In that case, I am happy to work with them to achieve that piece. Other times, people know the basics (they may have even had a previous lesson with me) but just need a bit of help maybe starting or finishing a piece. Again, I am happy to spend an odd hour here and there and would charge on an hourly basis. I have some people who just like to come for the odd half a day now and again and mosaic and chat, again, happy to accommodate.

P1030519So, if you think you would like to have a go at making your first mosaic, or if you think you would like to try and find your creative side, consider booking a mosaic lesson with me.  They also make great gifts and you could have a joint session with a friend.

P1040820Here is  a quote from Linda who made this lovely Beach Scene mosaic.

“If you are looking for a Basic Mosaic Course for Beginners, Rosanna is your person….she will lead you, very professionally, through everything you need to know to make your first mosaic…… it is a very “full on” day, but at the end of it, you will come away with your own magical personal mosaic” – Linda Edrich

Give me a call or drop me an email on rosannasmosaics@gmail.com  if you would like more info on my Mosaic Lessons.

 

 

 

 

Mosaic Demonstrations

 

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ARThouse Richmond Open Studios takes place this weekend.  Check out their website to see the huge and varied range of artists displaying their work throughout the Royal Borough.

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Mosaic Demonstrations

 

Come along and see me demonstrating. Bring your friends, have a coffee and cake, spread the word!

Anyone booking  a mosaic lesson in August through this Open Studios event will get a special discount.

Harris + Hoole Coffee Shop, with Steph

Harris + Hoole Coffee Shop, with Steph

 

 

 

 

 

 

REQUEST: Please pass a link to this BLOG on to anyone who loves art

COMING SOON:  Rosanna’s Mosaics Website – one year on!

Mosaic Lessons

My First Mosaic

My First Mosaic

I first made a mosaic with my friend Julia one afternoon in her garden studio, it was a ‘play’ session and I had never done mosaic work before.  I realised I liked it enough to go on a weekend beginners course with Ros Waites.  It was with Ros that I leant to place, cut, stick etc. –  the basics needed to get me started.It was then a case of practice, practice, practice – and it still is!

Later on I had a weekend course with Aimee Harman and I now do a weekly workshop with Kitty Harnall and I continue to practice, practice, practice.

Lesson 4Over the years a lot of people have shown an interest in my work and have asked if I could show them how to do it. Whilst I am still very much the new girl on the mosaic block, and in no way claim to be an expert, I am happy to show other people how to get started with the basic placing, cutting, sticking etc.  Then you need to practice!

P1030519Those of you that know me, know that I am a great one for getting things organised so my ‘showing’ has now evolved into a basic one day mosaic workshop for beginners. It is a fun, busy, hands on day where people get to make a small mosaic that they take home with them. The emphasis is on the practical rather than the theory and I am able to show a wide range of different mosaic styles, materials, ideas etc.

I run these workshops on a request led basis for small groups or one-to-one. If you are interested, please contact me and I can send you some more info.

I am happy to tailor make something around your requirements.

REQUEST: Who do you know that may like a mosaic lesson? It could be a great idea for a present.

COMING SOON: 2015 looks like it is going to be a busy mosaic year for me, Details to come.