For some odd reason, the group in this workshop seemed to be leaning towards geometrical styles in their designs :) It was a little bit of a challenge to interpret it into mosaics, but the results were very pretty!
After my amazing 3-day mosaic workshop at the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli (please refer to previous blog), I began another 3 days of Exhibition and Conference organized by AIMC (the International Association of Contemporary Mosaics) in Spilimbergo, Italy on May 18th 2016. We started the conference with the opening of the exhibition "Mosaic in Contemporaneity" at the Thadea Palace. My pharaonic piece "Musician" was at display in the exhibit along with wonderful artworks from all over the world. All this was documented for us in a beautiful catalogue displaying images of our artwork and biography.
On the 14th of May, my long-awaited dream became a reality :) I left to Italy to attend an intensive 3-day mosaic workshop at the biggest mosaic school in the world: the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli in a small town called Spilimbergo, North of Venice. The school offers a 3-year program where students from all over the world come together to learn the art of mosaics. Lessons in geometric and decorative drawing, theory of colour, computer graphics, history of art as well as the technology of materials are included in the program. Upon graduating from this school, students are capable of interpreting any kind of s...
On April 17th and 20th, I held 2 consecutive one-day workshops at Art Café :) The class was smaller than usual and so we were able to create very different works of art. I'll be off to Italy for 10-days in May for an intensive 3-day workshop, a conference and an exhibition and so do not plan another workshop there before another month from today. Hope to see you there next time! To know more about my trip to Italy, please visit my next blog :)
It had been a while since I last gave a workshop at Art Café :) They moved premises in January and I got busy preparing for my exhibition in March, but finally I'm back! Their new premises is smaller, but cozy and bright - I love it :) We had a great workshop and lots of creative students - the pictures speak for themselves.
The project I've been looking so much forward to begins! The "Mosaic My School Project" involved about 40 primary school kids from a public school in Zahraa, Old Cairo called "The Fouad Galal Primary School". A collaboration between Amal Mosaic Art and Peace and Plenty NGO, it will be fully funded by a percentage of my sales during the exhibition. I began by visiting the school several times last month to select the wall which the children will mosaic, take measurements, buy the needed mosaic material, prepare the drawing to scale and finally today to take the first steps in realizing our piece of art!...
Ever heard of a mosaic workshop on the beach? Well yes, that's what I decided to do this summer with the kids! A fun and interactive workshop was organized in collaboration with Art Café. Over the span of 3 hours, children ages 8 - 15 were given the preliminary guidelines to starting their own mosaic project. After choosing their wooden substrate, I slowly guided them to completing their design, then choosing their mosaic tesserae and finally glueing the pieces and painting the rest. The results were fabulous!