(+ $35 materials fee due in class)

$285/pp- all inclusive of materials

Students encourage to bring pebbles/rocks from vacations or collections to incorporate


PEBBLE MOSAICS...10/14 & 15...Saturday & Sunday..Tucson, AZ...10:00am - 3:30PM

Like most people you probably have a pebble collection from a beach or a stream....here is your way to make them permanent!  This type of mosaic is great for using as garden elements, stepping stone slabs or by making multiples you can put together a terrace or walkway.  In this class you will learn about the history of pebble mosaics; two different techniques: One for outside (indirect), one for fine art works (direct). Both of these will be small scale projects since this is a heavy project.. The small size is quick, approachable and fun to make. Class open to all levels of experience. To help understand all of the ways pebbles can enhance your garden home- please use this link or google images of pebble mosaics in your browser!

Deb has been teaching pebble mosaics to students of all levels.She works on large scale public art and residential and commercial projects all across the USA and overseas. She has been teaching this class for almost 10 years and is considered one of the foremost experts on this process in the USA and the ONLY female to do this full time! You will learn how to create structurally stable slabs to be used alone or grouped together. There will be several presentations, a handout with room for notes. You will be provided with design options or you can create your own. Wear messy clothing, closed toe shoes, bring an apron, gloves if allergic to latex, sense of humor, patience and a willingness to get to work and get dirty. Notebooks and drawing tools helpful also, camera (phone). A critique will be provided if there is enough time to do so.


In The Garden...9/16 & 17...Blue Raven...Tucson, AZ

​​In the Garden


Experiencing a beautiful garden is one of life’s simple pleasures. Now you can have that same pleasure every time you look at the beautiful mosaic you’ll create with Laura, who is known for her magical landscapes and innovative interpretations of nature.

In this workshop we will explore bas-relief substrates, cutting techniques and create our mosaics with a wide variety of materials. Students are asked to bring photos of their favorite parts of a garden as inspiration for their mosaic. When designing we will choose from many different materials creating tesserae with unexpected textures, luster and colors. Have fun with this wonderfully innovative approach to depict the elements of your garden.

We will focus on composition, dimension and scale when constructing our substrates. Throughout the workshop there will be both class and individual discussion with an emphasis on colors, texture and light. While playing in the garden, this is a great opportunity to explore new resources, develop cutting custom tesserae, find a deeper understanding of composition and expand your knowledge of adhesives.

Instructor will provide a deep-framed substrate and all the materials for the project. Students asked bring a good quality wheeled nipper, tweezers and a small spatula (for spreading thin-set).

A note from Laura with ideas for preparing for the workshop will come to you 2 weeks prior to workshop date. This workshop is for intermediate and advanced artists.



PICASSIATE PORTRAIT MAKING...12/01 -12/3...Friday- Sunday...Tucson, AZ.

First time for Picassiate in the Valley!

Learn all of the ins and outs of working with china and porcelain dishes! Gila's extensive knowledge of the subject is sure to leave you having learned a lot and wanting to do more!  Students will need to bring a collection of dishes to supplement those supplied. It is especially nice if you have broken or damaged china dishes of sentimental value you wanted to do something with! Previous experience requested. Must at least understand tool use of Wheeled Nipper/ glass scorer & running pliers, etc

Gila Rayberg arrived at the visual arts scene after a successful career as a freelance musician and educator. Allowing her strong sense of intuition and love of experimentation to guide her, Gila has developed a unique voice in the realm of mosaic portraiture. She exhibits regularly throughout the United States, and has won numerous awards for her expressive mosaic portraits. Gila was featured on HGTV's "Crafters Coast to Coast" and her artwork has been published in several art books. www.gilamosaics.com

Cost: $375 (+ $45 material fee -due in class)

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