Every other month or so, I teach a mosaic art jewelry class. It’s nice to have a little extra income, but really, I teach mosaic art because I love to! My classes tend to be around 3 to 4 hours in length, and I like to keep the class to a maximum of eight people so that I can provide ample individual attention. Over the years, I also taught mosaic art to children while in my role as therapist. I have also hosted numerous “Mosaic Art Parties” complete with great food and sangria!
Teaching mosaic art is fun!
Below is a list, in no particular order, of why I love to teach mosaic art.
What does a Mosaic Art Jewelry Class Entail? Do I need to be an artist to participate?
This is a question that is asked frequently. The simple answer is, a mosaic art jewelry class is comprised of cutting, breaking, shaping, creating, and setting. And no, you don’t need to be an “artist” to participate. Seriously though, what makes an artist an artist? That’s a question for a future blog post. I consider every person who comes to one of my classes to be an artist in their own right.
As for the class, it’s helpful if you have a steady hand, decent eyesight or good glasses, and the ability to stay focused. That said, I’ve had students who said that they suffer from ADHD, but they have been able to successfully participate in classes. A typical mosaic art jewelry class starts off with introductions and then an hour or so of instruction, definition of mosaic terms, demos, and examples of different types of mosaic jewelry that one can create. After the instruction portion of the class, students are set loose on the materials! I typically have a multitude of materials that students can choose from. Students have likened it to being in a candy store. Check out the student work below.
As students work on their projects, I assist them each step of the way and provide design guidance if requested. I am always amazed at how brave some students are; choosing shapes that are challenging or working with materials that are difficult to manipulate. The last half hour of class tends to be a flurry of activity, as students finish “setting” their pieces. The end results are ALWAYS gorgeous and I am always proud of the work that comes out of the classes.
TRY OUT AN ART CLASS!
Art classes are a great way to learn something new. Check out the Artistic Portland class page for current class offerings which include Crayon Meditation taught by Ben Gilbert of Crayons and Cardboard, Product Photography, and Paper Art Collage Workshop, both taught by Michaela Houston of Meine Werkstatt! I will be teaching a mosaic art jewelry class soon so check back often for new class listings at Artistic Portland!