In this exclusive Mosaic Arts Online course Betsy Gallery introduces her own process for creating sand cast concrete garden mushrooms. Betsy has discovered a way to use materials that are easy to access to create these mushrooms. Once students learns this process it can be repeated for these sculptures and so much more. Betsy breaks down this process by demoing two different size mushrooms allowing the student to get comfortable with the materials on a smaller scale mushroom before moving on to the larger one. Many of the materials needed can be found at your local hardware store, as well as right in your powder room. Betsy is known for her resourcefulness and can come up with pretty much any solution to any problem making this on-line course a very achievable process for the beginner or the more experienced.
Betsy has done a great job of breaking this process down in a very simple step by step process allowing the student to complete each section before moving on to the next. Many people use polystyrene to create concrete sculptures but this process makes it possible to create without having to use the polystyrene and be able to reuse the sand over and over again. This process is less messy and uses fewer tools then if doing the polystyrene process. This is a great project that allows for instant gratification and decoration for any area of your home or garden.
Betsy adds a bonus section at the end of this on-line course with a "how to" for starting the mosaic process using the proper tools and adhesive. She gives some great tips on mosaicking the 3D object and how to use the picque assiette method with a plate from her china collection. In the last section there is a picture of the mosaic mushroom completed and installed in the garden.
This on-line course comes with a downloadable PDF with all the tools, materials and resources you will need to accomplish these projects. This process is fun, a little messy and incredibly gratifying. Check out the FREE promo and interview video above.
Betsy Gallery's contemporary mosaics combine classical handmade Italian glass smalti and 24 karat gold tesserae with recycled porcelain, ceramics and found objects. Her use of noble materials and historical, psychological and literary references transform what was once considered a craft into fine art. Ancient wall mosaics were generally seen from a distance and individual tesserae were not carefully cut. Betsy shapes each tiny piece with a hammer and hardie defining harmonious edges. She diverges from ancient (mostly) anonymous mosaic artists in that she focuses on personal statements rather than religious or patrons' ceremonial themes. Betsy also makes replicas of ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine mosaics to hone her skills.
Bio: Betsy's formal art training began at the Art Institute of Chicago. She continued her studies in Madrid, Spain, as well as Ravenna and Venice,Italy. Although she originally worked in oil, watercolor and printmaking, since 1999 Betsy has worked primarily in mosaics. She contributed multiples of 100 assemblages to a number of editions of Art-Life Limited Editions, collected by museums and institutions, such as Yale University. Her mosaics are in private collections in Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Marin County and Madrid, Spain, as well as the Society of American Mosaic Artists Traveling Mosaic "Quilt" 2004-2006, the SAMA exhibit at the Museum of Man in San Diego, 2009, and many local art shows and venues. Betsy also enjoys when not mosaicking to create concrete sculptures for her mosaics. She loves to use the sand cast method as well as create more structural pieces using polystyrene and mesh with concrete. Betsy also holds a Master of Clinical Art Therapy Degree.