Erin Pankratz has brought her signature colorful mosaic "dots" and substrates to Mosaic Arts Online! She starts off this online course by teaching a few different methods for creating under-paintings on her substrates before diving into the lessons on how to create the dots, and then how to mosaic with them. This course has all the same information she teaches in an in-person workshop BUT because of the video format the demonstrations for making the dots are more in depth! Erin has a sister online course that teaches how to mix tinted mortar properly and create the colorful substrates, that these "dots" are then adhered to using modern andemento. Once you have learned how to create the substrates, this online course is a wonderful accompaniment, and is full of information that takes you, the student, farther in your understanding of color, composition, balance, and other art elements to take into consideration in your art. All of these dot and mosaic techniques can be used in a variety of ways. Throughout the course Erin urges you to think of other ways to incorporate these techniques into your own work, in your own ways.
The beauty of this online course is that you can refer back as often as you like, if you missed something or want to learn it again. This course is broken up into sections so that you can watch and learn and create up to that section, and then learn the next step. No need to play and pause. It is beneficial to watch the entire course before diving into the creating part to make sure you have all the tools and materials necessary. Once you do though go have fun!
It is recommended to learn how to mix the tinted mortars and create Erin's handmade tinted mortar substrates before learning how to create the underpainting and dots in this course. There is an option to buy both of her courses in a bundle in the Mosaic Arts Online library. If you know how to tint mortar, create tinted mortar substrates, and want to move straight into learning how to make dots and mosaic with them, then this course is for you.
There is a full PDF with all the tools, materials and resources so that you can get started. You will be introduced to all of these materials as well in the third section of this course. Erin has thrown everything she has into this course so that you, the student, can feel as though she is right there with you.
"All of my work culminates from the many different techniques I have studied and have been exposed to my whole life: weaving, dying, printmaking, drawing, painting, casting, sculpting, and mosaic. My work always has an element of time, marking changes, and shifting perspectives. The work is not a suspension of one moment in time, but the accumulation of moments within one piece. Using seemingly meandering lines of individually cut coloured tile woven together to create layers of meaning throughout my work."