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Mosaic Mandala Design with Dianne Sonnenberg


Mandalas are round geometric designs, with (or without) individual, spiritual or religious significance. In this fascinating weekend workshop, internationally recognized mosaic artist Dianne Sonnenberg shares her experience from years of exploration of sacred geometry, nature and art, the Golden Ratio, and elements of mandala design.  

Through the use of multimedia presentations and lots of hands-on guidance, students will:

  • Learn techniques used and understood by our Byzantine predecessors to create beautiful works of geometric mosaic art.
  • Each student will receive their own design tool kit and learn to effectively use compasses, protractors and calipers to expand their design capabilities. 
  • Students will design an individual mandala on paper, translate that design onto the substrate, and begin the creation of our mosaics.  While it is possible to finish the mosaic work during the weekend, most participants choose to proceed at their own pace and complete their mosaic at home.  Dianne will do a grouting/finishing discussion, and be available via email for questions as participants finish their mandalas. 

Students will leave this workshop with enhanced design abilities, a different view of the universe we live in, and the tools and knowledge to create beautiful mosaic mandala designs on their own.

  • Date: Sat & Sun Apr 1-2  10-5
  • Level: Intermediate (some basic mosaic experience)
  • Cost: $375 – all materials included. Students are invited to bring a focal point (between 1/2″-4″ ) for the center of their mandala that has particular significance. 

Dianne Sonnenberg is an internationally-recognized mosaic artist and experienced instructor based in Austin, TX and Port Carling (Muskoka), Ontario. She has been involved in the global mosaic community for over 12 years, and is a member of The Society of American Mosaic Artists and Contemporary Mosaic Art (CMA).  Dianne is passionate about mosaic art, and has been creating mosaic mandalas throughout her career. Her mosaics and sculptural works have won numerous awards, including Best Architectural Mosaic at the 2010 Mosaic Arts International Exhibit in Chicago, IL. Dianne is a member of the faculty at The Contemporary Austin Art School at Laguna Gloria, and is a sought-after instructor across the US and Canada.