Visiting Artist Series


FUNdamento: Shape + Direction = Flow with Kelley Knickerbocker


Andamento is the order and arrangement of the pieces (tesserae) in a mosaic, and is essential to how a mosaic will “read” to the viewer. Through a fun, fast-paced combination of lecture, slideshow, discussion, drawing, and hands-on practice, students will learn to execute three modern field andamenti:

  • random circles (“Circlemento”),
  • random squares/rectangles (“Squaretangular”),
  • linear quadrangles (“Linear”)

Students will gain understanding and proficiency by discussing and then drawing each andamento and creating a 6” x 6” paper mosaic in their choice of one of the three andamenti. Additional topics discussed: choosing an appropriate field andamenti for a mosaic, fun with interstices, and adapting/inventing/customizing andamenti.

  • Date: Sat Jan 25 10-5
  • Level: All levels – A good understanding of basic mosaic principles and vocabulary is helpful but not necessary
  • Cost: $160 – all materials included

10_30_2014KellyVisual artist Kelley Knickerbocker began studying mosaic in 2005 with various artists around the US, then left a 22-yr administrative career at the University of Washington in 2006 to found a mosaic studio (Rivenworks Mosaics, Seattle) and begin designing/ fabricating/installing mosaic artwork for public, commercial, residential and gallery environments. Kelley’s ruggedly dimensional mosaic artworks – in natural materials, found objects, sometimes even the waste of the studio process itself, such as paper towels and random blobs of hardened cement mortar – are a textural distillation of her fascination with contrast, material properties and the technical challenges of mosaic construction.  Her work is widely collected and regularly exhibited in the US and abroad. Believing that interaction with other art makers is key to the freshness and depth of her mosaic practice, Kelley travels extensively speaking, collaborating, and teaching in-depth workshops on mosaic style and technique.