Rendering Botanicals into a Mosaic Medium - Yulia Hanansen

Touchstone Center for Crafts

Monday, July 20, 2015 - Friday, July 24, 2015
Touchstone Center for Crafts 1049 Wharton Furnace Road FarmingtonPA  15437
Monday, July 20, 2015 - Friday, July 24, 2015
Touchstone Center for Crafts 1049 Wharton Furnace Road FarmingtonPA  15437

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What's Included

All Levels | Class Time: Monday–Friday | Immerse yourself into an inspiring and creative environment in the heart of Pennsylvania! Learn how to translate images of flowers and other botanicals into realistic and powerful mosaic statements. This workshop includes a day of sketching the surrounding flora (e.g., trees, flowers, and shrubs), a trip to the Youghiogheny Glass factory, multiple group and individual demonstrations, and hands-on mosaic making. To create their mosaics, students may work in a traditional mosaic layout or master an exciting and visually effective "brush-stroke" technique that Yulia uses for her own flower portraits. Materials and techniques are discussed in depth. Stained glass is used as a primary material for this project with instructions provided on how to cut, shape, and lay out the pieces. Students also explore drawing, color, and composition in mosaic arts. The workshop concludes with instructions on grouting and a group discussion of completed pieces.

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Touchstone is located in Farmington, Pennsylvania, amid the natural splendor of the Laurel Highlands. Founded in 1972 as the Pioneer Crafts Council, Touchstone's original mission was to foster interest in the preservation of the traditional craft forms and culture of the Appalachian region. Today, the craft school has expanded to include a wide variety of traditional and emerging craft forms, including blacksmithing, ceramics, metal, jewelry, textiles, glass, painting, mosaics, and printmaking. In addition to offering seasonal craft courses taught by nationally renowned artisans, Touchstone provides underserved audiences in the region, from senior citizens to public school students, with craft-centered educational programming. Touchstone's artistic, educational, and residential facilities sit on 150 acres of lush woodlands and pristine wilderness. The campus is covered with towering trees, unique rock formations, and wildflower meadows, and is crossed by McIntyre Run, a rushing stream.


Not only is Touchstone Center for Crafts the only residential craft school in Pennsylvania, it's the natural setting for your creative nature.


Touchstone's mission is to advance excellence in the arts and crafts by educating and encouraging individuals to develop technical skills, good design, and innovative expression. To realize this mission, the school offers workshops, exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, and other forms of artistic and educational programming throughout the year. Dedicated to achieving national prominence and local relevance, Touchstone strives for national distinction by recruiting some of the best artists in the country to teach high-quality craft workshops that attract a geographically diverse audience. The organization strives for local relevance by providing educational and outreach programming that serves a wide variety of the underserved populations in Fayette County and other parts of southwestern Pennsylvania.

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