Make your mark with mosaic: art class still has space

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Kate Aley

It's always satisfying and reassuring to be able to make something new out of something old. That's what students of the Easy Mosaic class will discover in this two-day course offered by the Pontiac School of the Arts, August 14th and 15th.

Suitable for beginners and anyone interested in creating their own work of art, the course begins with the invigorating task of breaking plates with a hammer! After sanding the rough edges, students glue the bits to the work surface. On day two, grout is applied to finish the piece. Participants are encouraged to bring their own plates.

Instructor Mary Ann Horner shares this tale to explain how she came to learn about making a mosaic.

"My first project was created due to clumsiness on my part while I was dusting at my late Mom’s house," she writes. "I accidentally knocked a pretty biscuit jar to the floor. While picking up the many shattered pieces I decided to give it a new life as a table top. Without knowing what I was doing I created a beautiful little mosaic accent table that now graces my bedroom. Since that time about 10 years ago I have created many mosaics using materials such as mirrors from empty compacts, miscellaneous beads and trinkets and of course cracked and broken plates, saucers, platters and biscuit jars. These “found” materials are inexpensive and many have sentimental value."

Registration is still open for alcohol ink painting and book binding on August the 9.

Courses take place at the historic Stone School, 28 Mill St., Portage-du-Fort.

Go to artpontiac.com to register.

Pontiac School of the Arts
artschool@artpontiac.com
Phone: 819-647-2291

 

 

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Sheila McCrindle

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Kate Aley


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Free art classes: meet the teachers part 2

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Kate Aley

Get Art, the travelling art school based in the Pontiac, is fortunate to be able to offer all-ages classes again this year. Thanks to funding from the Municipality of Pontiac, the four classes across our three communities are absolutely free of charge for residents. 

Today we meet Luskville's Chantal Dahan who will be teaching printmaking in Breckenridge on Saturday, October 20th.

Free art classes for the municipality: meet the teachers

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Kate Aley


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A Tale of Two Approaches

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Sheila McCrindle and Kevin Brady

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When you live in a place without curbs, does it make sense to have ‘curbside’ collection of compost?

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Sheila McCrindle and Kevin Brady


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