In 2014, I started teaching this entire process to my students, in-studio AND online. There are now, as of May, 2016, over *70* lifelong, inspired Sculpted Mosaic Mirror Frame students so far!
Our spring 2016 class, which included 11 students from the US, Australia, Germany, Austria, Mexico and Canada just wrapped up! So fun!
NEXT CLASS: FALL 2016
Weekly class webinars: Oct. 4th – Oct. 25th
Our next online class kicks off on Oct. 4th, 2016 with the first webinar. We will have weekly webinars through Oct. 25th.
*students take in the class info at their own pace and attend live webinars for Q&A and project sharing, if possible (they are all recorded and posted to class afterwards).
Join us! Fire up your creativity and create your own beautiful Sculpted Mosaic Mirror Frame with my guidance.
Registration for the next Online Sculpted Mosaic Mirror Frame Class is open. Sign up today and get started on your Inspiration Board, Frame Template, Tesserae Palette and Mosaic Design with the guidance of my 16 page Workshop Prep Info– a booklet of colorful information to help you plan and organize your unique art piece.
ONLINE SCULPTED MOSAIC MIRROR WORKSHOP
Dates and Details:
–The next session class will kick off on Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 at 12pm noon, CST with the first class webinar, which includes an introduction to Phase One (see an outline of the Five Phases below) and Q&A. A new Phase will be introduced each week for five weeks.
-Beforehand, students will be preparing their designs and frame templates with the guidance of Sharra’s Pre-Workshop Prep Guide, a 15 page, PDF booklet. Students will have pre-workshop consultations with Sharra as well.
–Webinars will be weekly for 1 hour with Sharra. Students will send their questions in before the call.
-The weekly webinars are recorded and posted afterwards so that students can access the call again later which is great for review or catching up if you are not able to be present.
-After registration, students are provided an inspiring Pre-Workshop Prep Guide- a 15 page PDF booklet, guiding them through designing and planning for their mirror frame, narrated with image samples. There is also a clear and extensive Materials & Resources Guide with direct links to all of my recommended products. It is broken down per class phase so that students can gather supplies one week at a time, if desired.
-When the class begins, students will be able to access the class content by logging into the membership area of sharrasmosaicsecrets.com, with the private login and password info that is provided.
-Each Phase is taught through professional and highly detailed video tutorials.
-After the students have had a chance to take in the new phase of class content, they can email questions or ask them live during the live webinar. Sharra answers questions from students during the call-in and shares emailed questions with the group. Students can also post questions, photos and communicate with Sharra and each other through the secret Facebook group.
-Students have access to the class content forever, including content updates.
-This online class is completely at your own pace.
-Students have Lifetime Access to the class content.
-The class content is introduced through five Phases, one Phase per week.
–Live Webinars once per week (recorded and posted after call in as well).
–Private Pre-Workshop Project Consultation and Design Coaching with Sharra
–Private Final Workshop Consultation with Sharra
Membership to a vibrant secret Facebook group full of supportive and enthusiastic students from previous workshops.
Cancellation & Refund Policy
Cancellations made more than 30 days before the first class are 50% refundable, cancellations made less than 30 days before the first class are 25% refundable. For online class only: Non-refunded portions can be credited towards future classes online.
This new intensive class experience is completely focused on my process of creating of a Sculpted Mosaic Mirror Frame
In this workshop students will create their own highly customized Sculpted Mirror Frame using the trade secrets and innovative techniques that I’ve fine tuned and mastered since developing them in 2006.
My sculpted mirrors have been exhibited with esteemed shows such as the International Mosaic Art Exhibition, SOFA NY and have been featured in numerous printed and online publications. I am commissioned to create custom mirrors, ranging from $2,500-$12,000 by designers around the country. My work is found in the homes of professional athletes, a Hollywood film producer, an infamous rockstar, an eccentric philanthropist, an art museum founder and many other collectors.
Read more below for an overview of the workshop.
Breaks down when new each new Phase will be introduced and the webinar schedule.
How to Design and Transfer a Template
How to Add (amazingly strong!) Curls and Extensions
Create dramatic shapes by adding sculpted elements coming off of the frame.
*Phase One and Two can be realistically completed within a couple days time at the Online Student’s own pace.
Fitting the mirror into the Frame
Sharra (share-ah) Frank is an established mosaic artist in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her mosaic obsession began in 2000, while still an art student at the University of Minnesota. She worked from her kitchen table, creating small pieces to sell in local flower shops. With each small success her artistic vision grew and so did the scale and intricacy of her work. After making the leap to a private studio she continued creating the intricate, whimsical and inspiring mosaic mirrors and window hangings that are her signature. At the same time, she made the transition to full-time artist and never looked back. Sharra has several large-scale installations and murals throughout the Twin Cities area, has worked with high-end designers and clientele everywhere from Florida to California and has exhibited with the Mosaic Arts International and SOFA NY. She teaches beginning and advanced mosaic classes from her Minneapolis studio, online and around the US with mosaic educational organizations such the Society of American Mosaic Artists, the Institute of Mosaic Art.
View Sharra’s full portfolio of mosaic artwork, commissions and public art at www.sharrafrank.com
HOW IT ALL BEGAN….
In 2006, I was roughly five years into creating mosaics with a portfolio full of exciting pieces that had been featured in competitive juried art shows and high-end retail stores.
I was happily creating works with the same methods and techniques, focusing on exploring new designs and surfaces with each piece. Little did I know that everything about the way I worked was about to change with a single commission.
After teaching a Glass-on-Glass class at a local art center, one of my students asked me to create a mirror for her home, which ended up being the most enchanting home I had ever visited.
Each detail of the house had been customized by an artisan, from the stairway’s iron handrail to the glass blown bathroom sink to the carved stone dock leading out to a lake in the backyard.
The collector had an eye for unique design influenced by the magic of nature. She was an artist herself and requested that the mirror be baroque like, sculpted and full of detail.
She approved a quick sketch, handed over a swatch of fabric to inspire my material choices and was on her way. I was left to figure out exactly how I was going to create the very large, sculpted, three-dimensional frame I had promised. That key element, sculpted, had me stumped.
My mind couldn’t rest. First, WHY had I never thought of going that direction before? And second, HOW in the world was I going to do this? In the end, I successfully brought volume to the surface of my handcrafted frames, taking my mosaic work to the next level and I haven’t looked back since.
I set off for the studio and didn’t come up for air for months on months. I met with other artists, wandered the aisles of art supply stores, researched websites, devoured books and it wasn’t until a spontaneous brainstorm with a high school art teacher who worked with a local puppet and mask theater, happened by my studio during an open studio event that I found the path that lead me to innovative success.
I discovered and experimented with products and recipes that set my creativity on fire.
I rapidly implemented new techniques that were making this vision of a three dimensional, sculpted mosaic mirror, attainable, FUN and a reality.
After that piece, the buzzing source of inspiration created a surge of energy and I cranked out two more sculpted mosaic mirrors (“Tango” and “Chantily Lace”) in just eight weeks (all while working another job!). I was hooked.
Since creating these first Sculpted Mosaic Mirror Frames, I have made dozens more. In preparation for this workshop, I’ve combed through my vault of work-in-progress photos and have been delighted to find so many of my past projects documented. I can’t wait to share them and so much more with you in creating your own.
Let’s get started!
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