Interpreting Master Painting into Mosaics - Yulia Hanansen

Touchstone Center for Crafts

Monday, June 27, 2016 - Friday, July 1, 2016
Touchstone Center for Crafts 1049 Wharton Furnace Road FarmingtonPA  15437
Monday, June 27, 2016 - Friday, July 1, 2016
Touchstone Center for Crafts 1049 Wharton Furnace Road FarmingtonPA  15437

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What's Included

Whether it is Van Gogh's Starry Night, a watercolor landscape by Sargent, or a portrait by Rembrandt, many of these artworks can be effectively translated into a mosaic medium. You will learn how to decipher the sequence in which the artwork was created, how to start, follow through, and add finishing touches to your mosaic and how to pick out proper colors and assign effective andamento (the flow). To ease the process of translation we will be practicing a double reverse method and working directly over the image. Because the layout takes place right on top of the image and the pieces are adhered to a sticky film first, the method makes the color and shape matching less complicated and the whole layout process faster. After the layout is complete, the mosaic is securely adhered to a permanent substrate. Stained glass is used for creating these mosaics. Individual instruction is supplemented with demonstrations on cutting and layout, and a trip to the Youghiogheny Glass Factory. Images are provided by the instructor. Yulia Hanansen is an internationally known, award-winning artist and educator with lifetime experience in fine arts. Her studio, Mosaic Sphere, produces mosaic artwork for private and public spaces. Since 2001, Yulia has been instructing mosaic classes at her studio and as a guest artist at studios and schools throughout the United States, including Unicorn Art Studio, Maverick Mosaics, Ciel Gallery, Cape Cod Mosaics, and Society of American Mosaic Artists conferences. In addition to teaching mosaics, Yulia is a printmaking professor at Towson University in Towson, Maryland. Yulia’s artworks have been exhibited in multiple invitational and solo shows, and collected by patrons around the world. Her current work focuses on fusion of Earth and planetary sciences and art. Yulia practices her art in mosaic, printmaking, drawing, and painting. Learn more about her work at

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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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