Mosaic Workshops

I really delight in passing on what I know about art and making mosaics to motivated adults hungry for information about this unique, historic medium. After 8 years of full time Fine Art University studies and nearly 30 years of full-time professional practice I am well qualified to teach what I know.

My studio workshops are designed to be an immersive experience; where technical and historic information, the savouring of a carefully assembled library and fine music are complemented by lovingly made gourmet tucker and local wines. I work hard to ensure that the whole weekend provides high quality learning with an utterly enjoyable social experience.

Download the 2021 Semester 1 Mosaic Workshop PDF here

 

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May 2020

Open Access Studio Day- Beginner

May 19, 2020 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Lot 19, 19 Langslow Street
Castlemaine, Victoria 3450 Australia
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$40

Open Access Studio Day- Beginner Fee includes tea and coffee, glues, use of tools, heating (BYO project and materials) with  Ruth Maclaren/Judith Watson

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July 2020

Open Access Studio Day – 13 July 2020

July 13, 2020 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Lot 19, 19 Langslow Street
Castlemaine, Victoria 3450 Australia
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$100

Studio 11, Lot 19, McShanag Lane, Castlemaine maximum of 5 places per session Cost: $100 per person, includes tea and coffee, glues, heating, tool use BYO project, lunch, mug and hand sanitiser (Please do not come if you are unwell)

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Open Access Studio Day – 15 July 2020

July 15, 2020 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Lot 19, 19 Langslow Street
Castlemaine, Victoria 3450 Australia
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$100

Studio 11, Lot 19, McShanag Lane, Castlemaine maximum of 5 places per session Cost: $100 per person, includes tea and coffee, glues, heating, tool use BYO project, lunch, mug and hand sanitiser (Please do not come if you are unwell)

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August 2020

Open Access Studio Day – 10 August 2020

August 10, 2020 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Lot 19, 19 Langslow Street
Castlemaine, Victoria 3450 Australia
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$100

Studio 11, Lot 19, McShanag Lane, Castlemaine maximum of 5 places per session Cost: $100 per person, includes tea and coffee, glues, heating, tool use BYO project, lunch, mug and hand sanitiser (Please do not come if you are unwell)

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Open Access Studio Day – 12 August 2020

August 12, 2020 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Lot 19, 19 Langslow Street
Castlemaine, Victoria 3450 Australia
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$100

Studio 11, Lot 19, McShanag Lane, Castlemaine maximum of 5 places per session Cost: $100 per person, includes tea and coffee, glues, heating, tool use BYO project, lunch, mug and hand sanitiser (Please do not come if you are unwell)

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September 2020

Open Access Studio Day – 9 September 2020

September 9, 2020 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Lot 19, 19 Langslow Street
Castlemaine, Victoria 3450 Australia
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$100

Studio 11, Lot 19, McShanag Lane, Castlemaine maximum of 5 places per session Cost: $100 per person, includes tea and coffee, glues, heating, tool use BYO project, lunch, mug and hand sanitiser (Please do not come if you are unwell)

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February 2021

Found Objects and Memory

February 27 - March 1
Lot 19, 19 Langslow Street
Castlemaine, Victoria 3450 Australia
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$520

Found Objects and Memory- 3 Day Weekend Course fee includes some materials (does not include found object tesserae - BYO, substrates and glue), morning and afternoon teas, lunch Saturday and Sunday; (self-catering and independent finishing of work on Monday). Helen will lead this course building on memory-ware folk traditions and exploring ideas around kitsch and material memory. Participants are encouraged to bring found object tesserae whose encapsulated memories are significant to them and which will…

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March 2021

GET A GRIP – Beginner Mosaics

March 13 - March 15
Lot 19, 19 Langslow Street
Castlemaine, Victoria 3450 Australia
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$520

Maximum of 5 places per session Course fee includes all mosaic materials (vitreous, porcelain and stone, substrates and glue), morning and afternoon teas, lunch Saturday and Sunday; (self-catering and independent finishing of work on Monday). Beginning with an illustrated lecture on the origins of mosaic, Helen will help participants ‘Get a Grip’ on some of the options for contemporary practice, exploring both technical and conceptual aspects. She will demonstrate how to cut a wide range…

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April 2021

PICASSIETTE – working with ceramic shards

April 10 - April 12
Lot 19, 19 Langslow Street
Castlemaine, Victoria 3450 Australia
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$520

Course fee includes substrates and glue (does not include ceramic shards so please BYO). Includes morning and afternoon teas, lunch Saturday and Sunday; (self-catering and independent finishing of work on Monday). Helen will lead this course building on picassiette traditions ranging from the Catalan tradition of trencadis, to Raymond Isidore’s work (see https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-cemetery-caretaker-covered-cottage-mind-bending-mosaics) and working with central goldfields found blue and white-ware. Participants are encouraged to bring ceramic shards, either lost & found or custom…

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May 2021

Translating Paintings to Mosaic using Smalti

May 15 - May 17
Lot 19, 19 Langslow Street
Castlemaine, Victoria 3450 Australia
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$520

Course fee includes substrates and glue (does not include glass smalti so please BYO). Includes morning and afternoon teas, lunch Saturday and Sunday; (self-catering and independent finishing of work on Monday). Translating a painting to mosaic requires a crucial process of design adaptation, as we seek to balance the strength of the original image with the unique characteristics of mosaic. Strong emphasis on planning andamento, together with nuanced palette handling form the focus of this…

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