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Fearless Architectural Applications For Mosaic: Best Practices for Floors, Walls, Murals and Sculptural Forms with Laurel True


Learn to do it right! In this lecture-demonstration format seminar, students will learn best practices for creating technically solid, lasting architectural mosaic projects for interior and exterior settings.

Specializing in site-specific projects and creative placemaking, instructor Laurel True has 28 years of experience as a professional mosaic artist and has created hundreds of permanent installations for residential and commercial spaces, hospitals, schools, streetscapes and public spaces through her company True Mosaics Studio.

True offers examples of dozens of architectural projects including wall murals, floors and pavements, fireplace surrounds, backsplashes, benches and sculptural forms to help contextualize issues specific to permanent installations. Using multiple project models, students are taken through the steps required to complete successful and durable mosaic projects.

Class includes:

  • Designing for architectural spaces and specific surfaces
  • Creating project budgets, sourcing materials and determining how much material to order
  • Working with different types of materials and how to successfully combine them
  • On and off-site construction methods including working with mesh vs tile tape
  • Substrates, surface preparation and identifying red flags
  • Worksite prep and etiquette
  • Guide to step-by-step project creation and installation
  • Adhesives, thin-set, grouting and finishing
  • Expansion joints, thresholds, trim, fixtures and appliances, etc
  • Troubleshooting, avoiding technical problems and important dos and don’ts

Laurel offers this information in an accessible, natural way that allows her students to feel comfortable with the material and strategies presented. This is an important professional development seminar for those who want to create and install permanent mosaic applications using best technical practices and feel confident about future projects.

*Please note: This is not a setting class. It is expected that students will be able to combine this information with basic setting and mosaic skills they already have.

  • Date: Sat June 1 9:30 – 4:30 FULL  – CONTACT US TO BE ADDED TO WAITLIST
  • Level: All levels – This workshop will be of particular benefit to mosaic artists, teachers and community organizers interested in creating permanent mosaic installations involving social engagement
  • Cost: $250 Including extensive handouts and resources

Please contact us for any questions.

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.