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Sonia teaches workshops both internationally and in various locations around the United States. Regular mosaic classes are also offered at the Creative Arts Center of Dallas in the spring and the fall.

"The goal of my workshops is to offer participants skills and knowledge that will be of benefit over the long term. I hope to impart an elevated sense of what mosaic art can be as well as both practical and artistic insights, enabling participants to push their work to the next level. The focus is on the discovery and development of each participant's artistic voice. I don’t want teach people to make one of ‘my mosaics’, but rather impart the skills and expertise that have helped me succeed in using mosaic as the medium for my personal self-expression. I am happy to share everything I know.

Mosaic is different for every one. I want to help people along the way in developing their own unique voice, figuring out what mosaic can be for them and move closer to discovering their own place in the world of mosaic art. The workshops are designed to be empowering and encouraging to mosaicists at all stages of their life in mosaic.

Technically, there is extensive work on cutting techniques, using various materials, laying styles and more as well as discussions covering a variety of topics including ergonomics, adhesives, substrates, tools, framing and hanging, the business of art, etc. Critical thinking and problem solving strategies for design and implementation will be used throughout the class. It doesn't matter what style participants work in or their preferred materials. Some will choose to explore something new while others will be helped to push their existing style and materials to new places.

Participants work on projects of their own choosing with lots of individual attention, dealing with issues specific to their own work. However, all class members are invited to participate in the discussions so there is a high level of learning from others in the class. Some prior mosaic experience is recommended. Diverse levels of expertise encourage discussions on a wide variety of topics. Participants can expect to leave the workshop with a great deal of meaty knowledge, that will be useful long after the class ends."

For more on Sonia's teaching ethos, click here.

International Mosaic Workshops 2014

Mosaic Intensive: Developing Artistic Expression     FULL Wait List!
West Dean College
   Chichester, England
August 12-17, 2014   
Broaden techniques and use of materials while developing ideas for a mosaic panel. Special emphasis will be made on personal expression and developing one’s individual style. Students will consider working with texture, scale and spacing and achieving effects through varied cutting and laying styles. A range of mediums including glass, unglazed ceramics, minerals and fossils, may be used. (FYI, fully residential means room and board.) More info here.

Integrating Found Objects into Mosaic     
West Dean College
   Chichester, England
November 9-13, 2014   
Working with found objects offers the opportunity for us to develop the judgment and restraint needed to create successful mosaics from multiple materials. These unusual tesserae work on multiple levels: as individual pieces with specific features and the addition of their own intrinsic meaning as objects. Adding these unexpected pieces emphasizes our focus on texture, reflectivity, scale and spacing. We’ll also work on the cutting and laying skills that are basic to the art of mosaic. (FYI, fully residential means room and board.) More info here.

Classes in the United States (through December 2014)

The goal of these workshops is to offer an elevated sense of what mosaic is all about, a new way of thinking about your work and the knowledge to enable you to push to the next level. These are intensive, information-packed courses designed to enhance skills and develop artistic expression. The class will focus on sharpening skills and learning new techniques. Technically there will be extensive inquiry into cutting skills, using varied materials, laying techniques and broadening skills and knowledge. Participants work on projects of their own choosing with lots of individual attention, dealing with issues specific to their own work and style. However, class members are invited to participate in discussions so there is a high level of learning from each other's work. Specific topics will include (but not be limited to) cutting techniques and ergonomics, adhesives, substrates, framing and hanging as well as a wide variety of materials and tools, etc. Participants can expect to leave the workshop with a great deal of meaty knowledge that will be of use long after the class ends. Some prior mosaic experience is recommended. Entry to the Creative Arts Center.

Visiting Artist Series at the Institute of Mosaic Art, Oakland, California
Mosaic Intensive — Enhancing Technical Skills and Integrating Artistic Expression
September 12 -14, 2014  Friday - Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm
Level: Intermediate/Advanced    

For sign up, contact the Institute of Mosaic Art

Regular Mosaic Classes in Dallas
All classes are held at the Creative Arts Center of Dallas, which is just east of downtown Dallas and off I-30. See map.

To register, please call the
Creative Arts Center
at 214-320-1275.
Please sign up early as classes fill up quickly!

- Class supplies info
- Map to the Creative Arts Center & Hotel Info
- Feedback from previous classes

Ongoing Mosaic Classes

Dallas Schedule thru December, 2014 (There is a spring session and a fall session)

Various mosaic techniques are taught utilizing a wide range of materials, grouts, and adhesives. Students work on projects of their choice.   Suitable for beginners and more advanced students.   Class fee includes use of nippers, grout, glue and some tile.

Mosaic Class at work.Fridays, 9:30am - 12:30am FULL!
Fall session: Aug 29; Sept 5, 26; Oct 3, 24, 31;Nov 28; Dec 5, 12
$325 Members ($355 Non-Members) $35 supply fee

Saturdays 9:30 am - 12:30 pm FULL!
Fall session: Aug 30; Sept 6, 27; Oct 4, 25; Nov 1, 29; Dec 6, 13
$325 Members ($355 Non-Members) $35 supply fee

Instructor Qualifications

Sonia is a full time, working mosaicist at her studios in Dallas and San Francisco. She works primarily in smalti, vitreous, marble, stone, ceramic, etc. Sonia was recently awarded a second international Spectrum Award for both excellence and creative use of tile. Her work is represented in numerous corporate, private and public collections. Sonia is a founding member and past President of the Society of American Mosaic Artists as well as vice president of the Associazione Internazionale Mosaicisti Contemporanei, based in Ravenna, Italy. Sonia is the author of Mosaic Techniques and Traditions from Sterling Publishing. Sonia and Emma Biggs are currently co-writing Mosaic Master Class: The Advanced Techniques.


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