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 :)
On Friday Dec. 8th 2017, a 3-day story-telling retreat was organized by Sahar El Arishy's 18.213 at Ardi, Dahshur. As part of the retreat, I was invited to give a mosaic workshop to a group of female entrepreneurs for just 3 hours. Despite the tight timing, the atmosphere was great, the mood was very creative and those women created some brilliant pieces in such a short period of time!
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Every 2 years, a mosaic festival takes place in Ravenna, Italy. I had always dreamt of attending one, and I finally made it to this year's one! On October 3rd 2017, I started it off with a 3-day mosaic workshop at Valeria Ercolani's studio. It was lots of fun to try out a new technique of mosaic making and meet new and old friends. Then we began a series of visits to the studios of famous mosaic artists in Ravenna, like Luca Barberini of Koko Mosaico, Luciana Notturni of the Mosaic Art School, and Paulo Raccani to name a few. It was very interesting to see the private studios of these artists and watch how they work.
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!
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 :)