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Hammers & Nippers: A Survey of Mosaics in Three Projects (All Levels)  

If you’ve ever been curious about how mosaics evolved, this course, which follows the artform from its ancient beginnings to the present day in images and hands-on projects, will satisfy that itch. We’ll start with the ancient Greeks and Romans, who created huge mosaics for their walls and floors with hammers and chisels and beautiful stones. We’ll look at several images from museums and recent archaeological excavations, then make a trivet in the ancient style. Next, we'll follow the mosaic timeline into the medieval era and examine the beautiful byzantine mosaics of Tunisia, and see the refinement of stained glass, which culminated in the breathtaking work of Louis Comfort Tiffany in the late 1800s. Your project for this section will be a glass-on-glass mosaic. Finally, we’ll study the contemporary mosaics of such artists as Sonia King and Martin Cheek, and view a wide-ranging sample of mosaics from around the world. Your final project will be a mosaic using at least a few unconventional materials such as found objects that may have personal meaning. All levels are welcome in this class; bring an apron or wear old clothes.


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