Visiting Artist Series


Mosaic Eyes: Windows to the soul  with Laurel True


Come create a Mosaic Eye with the beloved international mosaic artist Laurel True in this weekend workshop where participants will learn more about the symbolism and use of the eye in artwork and spiritual practices throughout history and create a beautiful Mosaic Eye to take home

 In this workshop we will find inspiration in our own inner worlds and outer worlds through short guided meditations (or quiet thinking time.. whatever feels more comfortable) and prompts to help spark our creativity. Laurel will talk about how participants might imbue their Eye with personal meaning, including the use of embedded messages, color symbolism and other cosmic and practical information to help inform design approach.

With this in mind, workshop participants will create a unique, personal Mosaic Eye to take home for interior display. Prepared Eye cutouts will be provided as well as a lot of cool materials to work with including mirror, glass, ceramic and mixed media. 

Workshop will include:

  • Discussion about the meaning and symbolism of eyes in artwork and cultures, and how this might inform your own Mosaic Eye

  • Special techniques Laurel uses in the creation of her work, especially using mixed media with tool demonstrations and tips to bring beginning students up to speed.

  • Discussion of adhesive options, mosaic setting tips including how to successfully combine different materials and grouting tips.

Participants are welcome to bring materials that are meaningful to them if they wish to incorporate them into their project. Eyes may be highly decorative or simple… personally symbolic or decorative (or both). Laurel will provide some patterns as a jump start for those who want some design scaffolding for their project. Day one will be for creation of Eye mosaic and day two for grouting and finishing.

Date:    Sat Oct 13 10-4; Sun Oct 14 10-1
Level:   All levels
Cost:    $265– all materials included

Laurel True is an artist and educator specializing in mixed media, glass and ceramic mosaic and public art. She received her BA in African Art and Cultures and has studied at Studio Arte del Mosaico in Ravenna, Italy, Universite Chiek Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal, Parsons School of Design and the Art Institute of Chicago. True is the co- founder of the Institute of Mosaic Art in Oakland, CA and has fostered education in the mosaic arts through teaching and lecturing around the world. She founded The Global Mosaic Project, a nonprofit whose mission is to foster positive community engagement through the creation of site-specific works of public mosaic art, leaving a legacy of neighborhood beautification, community cultural development and arts training for all ages.

True’s public and commissioned work can be found in private and civic collections as well as in hospitals, in parks and on commercial buildings across the United States and internationally. She has also been known to create work that spontaneously emerges graffiti- like on concrete walls and in unexpected settings and with unexpected materials, many times through spontaneous community participation.

True’s work weaves together fine art and craft based techniques, utilizing both natural and man made materials. Projects often juxtapose themes of beauty and despair, bounty and loss, as well as celebration and ritual. Using found detritus such as asphalt, concrete, brick, glass and other collected rubble, True pieces her installations together with the precision of ancient roman mosaics.

To see more about Laurel True and her examples of her beautiful, inspiring work please check out her website, True Mosaics.