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Understanding Values with Marian Shapiro

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Where:     Catherine Conaty’s studio, 35 Tirrabella Street, Carina Heights, QLD 4152

Dates:              Friday 24 May 2024

Hours:             9.30am – 5.00pm

Fees:               Early bird $200 up to 14th April including GST.  After 14th April $250 including GST

Materials fee of $25 payable on the day

Who:                Intermediate..  Max no 10

Take your work to a new level and join acclaimed mosaic artist Marian Shapiro in this one day workshop exploring the use of values in mosaic. Value, (how light or dark something is) is an important concept in art. Particularly in mosaic, knowing how to use values contributes enormously to the “readability” of a piece and allows you to use shading to achieve a 3D effect.  Using a mix of theory and practical exercises, this workshop will give you an understanding of the concept of value and the tools to use it effectively in your own mosaic work. All materials and adhesives are supplied.

In the morning we look at basic colour theory and how it applies to mosaic.  We then focus specifically on value and learn tips and tricks for working out value. We look at colour gradation and you learn how to make a smooth transition from one colour to another in mosaic.

We also look at how values work when grouting a project – addressing the vexed question of “what colour will I grout it”?

In the afternoon we put theory into practice.  You make a small monochrome mosaic from a choice of two designs. Note: that this is a theory workshop and the mosaic you make is a sample.

Suitable for those who have been working in mosaic for a while and would like to take their work to a new level. Marian is happy to answer questions about course content in advance.  Email:

A list of what you need to bring will be sent to you 3 weeks before the workshop.

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