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If you are interested in working with beads and mixed media materials, this is *THE CLASS* for you!
This online class will particularly benefit those who are interested in mixed media art, sculpture and mosaics and those interested in learning how to successfully incorporate beads into their mosaic work in a fine art manner.
After many years of offering this class in studios around the country, I am thrilled to finally have it available online. Students have traveled from far and wide to attend this workshop and now all of the class contents, in addition to valuable bonus material, is available your fingertips.
*New! I now hold live Q&A webinars for all enrolled bead students, each quarter. So, no matter when you register for this class, you will be invited to *all future Q&A webinars* for teacher and community support!
This course was first launched online in the spring of 2018. The response was so much bigger than what I expected (exciting!) and I divided the students into smaller groups. Each group had their own private webinar with the opportunity to share their project hopes and dreams and receive individual feedback. We had a blast!
This class now has open registration- which means that you can register and join us at any time. Class lessons have all been recorded in advance.
Each quarter, I will host a live Q&A webinar, available to all enrolled bead students. Students can send me their questions, project updates, photos and more. I compile all the student questions into a presentation and answer them during our class webinar the following week, along with other fun tidbits and topics.
The Secrets of Mosaicking with Beads Class
Registration is open! Join us anytime and take the class is at your own pace.
The next upcoming Class Webinar is January 15th!
*Let's share our beading and creative goals for 2019!*
And there's more!
Sharra has taught this highly demanded class around the US since 2011 as an instructor through the Society of American Mosaic Artists annual conferences and various studios and mosaic schools such as the Institute of Mosaic Art and the Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art.
In this workshop students learn the benefits of incorporating beads into a mosaic and how to do so successfully. The primary focus is experimenting with effective techniques to apply beads into a mosaic utilizing a variety of Sharra's favorite adhesives. Also addressed will be how to source, select, and store beads. Instruction and a demonstration on grouting beads within a mosaic is also included.
Information is shared through lecture, detailed video demonstrations, and a live group Q&A webinars where students can share their projects receive supportive and personalized feedback.
Students are encouraged to practice along with a small substrate (an object to bead and mosaic). Students will also be guided through how to first gather a selection of tesserae that inspires and excites them.
Live webinars will allowed for Q&A, design coaching and customized feedback. A private facebook group also connects students and builds community within the class experience.
This online class will particularly benefit those who are interested in mixed media art, sculpture and mosaics and those also interested in learning how to successfully incorporate beads into their mosaic work in a fine art manner.
The Secrets of Mosaicking with Beads Class and How it All Began....
Back in the early years of studio teaching, my students created their sculptures and then we prepared for the mosaic phase. The class I offered to them next was called Mosaic Design and Creativity (a future online class, perhaps?!).
In Mosaic Design and Creativity, we broke down the design process and explored the ways in which we could approach the intimidating blank canvas before us. While utilizing the Elements and Principles of Design, we created tesserae palettes, inspiration boards and sketches to develop our designs.
How did this lead to The Secrets of Mosaicking with Beads?
In the end, nearly everyone included beads in their mosaics and I noticed that a great deal of our time during this class was spent on the instruction of using beads, purchasing beads and grouting beads.
Beads, beads, beads! We couldn't get enough!
This lead to the development of The Secrets of Mosaicking with Beads when I was inspired to submit a workshop proposal to teach a workshop at the 2011 Society of American Mosaic Artists' annual conference.
The thought of teaching at an international conference was a big step outside of my comfort zone. Turns out, the more you do that, the easier it gets!
My workshop proposal was accepted and I debuted the first ever offering of The Secrets of Mosaicking with Beads at the American Mosaic Summit in Lexington, Kentucky in 2011. This was my first time teaching outside of my local community. People were flying in from all over the country and world to be there. Talk about pressure!
The twelve seats I planned for filled within the first hour of registration opening and a waitlist grew and doubled in size. I decided to add 12 more seats to the class... Gulp.
This presented the challenge: How was I going to teach this itty bitty process with the tiniest BEADS to a big crowd?
It was then that I began filming my hands-on demonstrations so that a large group could see the delicate, little materials in action, on a big screen.
The start of The Secrets of Mosaicking with Beads was a life changing success. It encouraged me to record more of my teaching which lead to the development of the first ever online mosaic class, Jeweled Ornaments, which was the first ever online mosaic class, launched in 2012.
Over the next several years, I continued to teach hundreds of students The Secrets of Mosaicking with Beads from my studio and at more SAMA conferences and mosaic schools such as the Institute of Mosaic Art and Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art.
It has been requested as an online class for years and now, it’s here!
My first time visiting and teaching at the Institute of Mosaic Art in 2014 with my trusty assistants, Milo, age 4 yrs and Gus, 18 mos... (Olive, yet to come!).
What will we learn?
In this online class students will learn all about the specific benefits of incorporating beads into a mosaic and how to do so successfully. We will experiment with effective techniques on how to apply beads into a mosaic by using a variety of my favorite adhesives and tools.
Also addressed is how to source, select, purchase and store beads. In depth instruction and demonstrations on grouting beads within a mosaic is also included.
Information will be shared through lecture, detailed video demonstrations, a wide variety of project samples and a live group webinar where students can share their projects to receive supportive and personalized feedback.
We will not limit ourselves to just beads but also look at other mosaic materials that compliment them! Shells, tiles, glass, rhinestones, found objects and more!
There will be many mixed-media-art surprises along the way!
Also included in the class:
This online class will particularly benefit those who are interested in mixed media art, sculpture and mosaics and those interested in learning how to successfully incorporate beads into their mosaic work in a fine art manner and more. Join us!
THE SECRETS OF MOSAICKING WITH BEAD CLASS CURRICULUM
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