A lot of people had been asking me lately why I had stopped offering my mosaic workshops... The answer is that since January 2017 (so for about a year and a half), I had completely devoted my time and efforts to establishing a non-profit mosaic project called Dahshur Mosaics with my wonderful partner Charlotte Sullivan. Now that it's up and running and needs less of our time, I began redirecting my attention to my Abstract Mosaic Workshops. This time, however, I decided to take a daring leap and conduct my workshops from home rather than from art centers around Cairo :)
This workshop was a completely new approach to mosaic art. Students were expected to have completed the “Introduction to Contemporary Mosaics” workshop or a similar course in mosaics. They were encouraged to explore with a wide range of material ranging from stones and pebbles to glass and ceramics and were allowed to unleash their creative potential through simple steps that lead them to create a unique piece of abstract art. It was really fun and liberating to see my students create genuine pieces of art that they created themselves without any drawing at all!
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!
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!...
This was my last 2-day beginners workshop for the season, at SOMA Art School, and even though the group was small, the energy was amazing! We had a great time and the students created masterpieces of art :)
For the next few weeks I'll be busy preparing for my first solo mosaic exhibition in Cairo :))) The exhibition will talk about Egypt and will showcase art and symbols that have been interpreted from their ancient context to a contemporary one. Titled "Three eras, one identity" the exhibition will run for only 2 days on Saturday March 19th from 11am to 6pm and Sunday March 20th from 1 to 9pm at Cairo's f...
So this is becoming a habit - SOMA Art School is turning into my second home :) This month I gave 2 courses in one day - one morning and one evening but 2 weeks apart. And boy, that was hectic! Even though the courses were divided into 2 days as we did last month, but giving 2 classes in the same day wasn't the best idea. Mosaic art not only requires creativity and thought, it also requires a lot of physical input and so performing for more than 3/4 hours a day can get tiring.
For our February classes, I guess we'll go back to giving just one 2-day class a week apart as in our November and December classes. Since evening...