The Contemporary Direct Method with Arianna Gallo
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Are you looking for a unique way to set your mosaic art apart from the rest? Have you been searching for something that adds that extra special spin and creative twist? If you are saying YES, please then this IS the course for YOU!
Arianna Gallo has a few tricks up her sleeve, and this course may be one of her best. You can learn anywhere and at any time with MAO and Arianna by your side (virtually, of course).
In this online course, “The Contemporary Direct Method,” Arianna shares information that will open up your mind as you integrate your creative voice with her methods. Arianna demonstrates not only how to make a mosaic using simple color gradations and basic andamento, but also how to incorporate a unique focal point using tinted self-leveling cement, as a way to add a contemporary spin to this ancient art.
In this course you will learn:
- How to create a design and divide it into sections
- Arianna’s favorite substrates, tools, and materials
- How to cut marble and smalti
- How to pound and cut the lead (there is a comparable option to use instead of lead)
- How to transfer the design to the mortar/thin set
- How to add lead or metal ribbon to the mortar/thin set
- How to mosaic with basic andamento and gradation
- How to mix and tint the self-leveling cement
- How to pour the self-leveling cement into your design
This course is for any level of creator. Once you have learned Arianna’s methods you will see new ways to create with simple andamento lines, how to do a gradation using a few materials and colors, and ways to create a focal point that is interesting and unique.
Included in this course is a very detailed list of the suggested tools, materials, and resources. There is an option to use metal ribbon in nickel, copper, or brass instead of lead, as well as an option to purchase small quantities of the self-leveling cement and pigments through Mosaic Arts Online.
Arianna Gallo graduated with a first-class honour’s degree from Gino Severini Mosaic Institute of Art and from Scuola per il Restauro del Mosaico, Soprintendenza di Ravenna.
During and after her training, Arianna worked as a restorer (1999-2004), she has participated in the conservation of the prestigious Domus dei Tappeti di Pietra and the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia in Ravenna.
Between 2000 and 2005 she taught mosaic techniques at the CISIM, International Center for Mosaic Teaching Studies, a specialist international mosaic school based in Lido Adriano, Ravenna.
Arianna has participated in the making of the replica of the monumental Alexander Mosaic for the House of the Faun, Pompei (2002-2004), the most famous and largest opus vermiculatum mosaic in the world.
Arianna opened Koko Mosaico in 2005, an independent mosaic studio in the heart of the old city of Ravenna, together with her husband, the visual artist Luca Barberini.
The works created by Koko Mosaico range from copies of ancient mosaics to commissions of original modern and contemporary mosaics, suitable for interiors as well as external architectural spaces.
She also collaborates with international contemporary artists, interpreting their work in the mosaic medium. Among the most important projects of the studio, the translation of Domingo Zapata's works for the Venice Biennale, 2013.
The activity of Koko Mosaico is supervised by Arianna, creative director of the laboratory, a multifaceted figure who deals not only with the conception, design and production.
Arianna and her team continue to explore the language of mosaic, while never losing sight of its ancient traditions, also with the teaching of mosaic techniques.
Students from all over the world come to Koko Mosaico willing to learn this ancient art, also mosaic artists eager to broaden their knowledge.
The Direct Ravenna Method course is the master, through the latter the phases of the direct technique on temporary support (lime /clay) or the secrets of the direct technique on cement mortar are explored.
The Koko Mosaico team is capable of mastering the most disparate techniques of execution.
The workshop is an open studio, full of light and international in character: a space where ideas become reality.
Arianna is also responsible for overseeing Italian and international commissions and all artistic collaborations at the studio.
She has accrued significant experience in organizing workshops both abroad and in her studio in Ravenna, where she hosts Erasmus exchange students including those with the Academy of Fine Arts and the Mosaic Conservation programme held at the Ravenna branch of Bologna University.
She has organized a range of mosaic projects and has collaborated with the public sector, with museums and universities both in Italy and with several independent mosaic studios in Europe, the US, Canada, and Australia.
As an artist, she regularly exhibits and has recently participated in exhibition Piccoli Mosaici at NeoHouse, Tokyo; Kyoto Mosaic Exhibition, Japan, and shows in Florence and Rome, as well as Ravenna.
Arianna has won many prizes and recognition for her artwork and its role in social engagement. In 2019, her interpretation of the artwork Scar by Chinese artist Peng Shuai won the GAeM award.
Icon of her style, Lens was acquired by MAR, Museum of Art of Ravenna in 2009.
StartIntro and personal interview with Arianna and Tami (15:56)
StartPDF for download. Suggested tools, materials, and resources. A link to purchase the self-leveling concrete and pigment
StartCourse overview (7:38)
StartMaterials overview (5:21)
StartDesign and drawing the image (10:14)
StartCutting the Italian smalti (14:32)
StartCutting the marble (14:17)
StartHow to pound and cut the lead (11:29)
StartMeasuring and shaping the lead or metal ribbon (18:30)
StartDividing the design into sections (2:12)
StartTransferring the teapot design to the substrate (11:22)
StartApplying the metal ribbon or lead into the mortar/thin set (12:01)
StartApplying the mortar/thin set for section two of the mosaic (8:41)
StartArianna begins to mosaic around the teapot with the cut marble (23:57)
StartAdding the final parts of the metal ribbon or lead for the teapot (12:02)
StartArianna's gradation lesson (7:38)
StartBasic andamento and gradation lesson (14:32)
StartArianna's tips for keeping her andamento lines straight (14:24)
StartHow to use complimentary colors for pop and interest (30:16)
StartWatch as Arianna adds new colors to the palette while completing the mosaic portion of this project (20:18)
StartMaterials overview for the self-leveling cement portion of this project (1:20)
StartHow to mix, tint, and pour the self-leveling cement (16:35)
StartImportant tips and tricks for a successful project (1:37)
StartWrap Up and Thank You! (0:45)
StartBONUS: How to make tesserae with extra tinted self-leveling cement (1:00)
StartBONUS: How to cut the tinted self-leveling cement tesserae (3:31)