Orbs on Parade with Joan Schwartz

Learn the most achievable techniques for creating 3D Orbs

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Mosaic Arts Online presents “Orbs on Parade with Joan Schwartz.” In this online course Joan shares her favorite and most successful tips, tricks, and techniques for creating her colorful and whimsical orbs. This course is for any level and will give you instant gratification.

Joan starts her course with a powerpoint presentation. She then discusses how she got started creating her orbs and where she finds her inspiration. Throughout the presentation she shares a wide variety of examples of her orbs. Each one is created based on what she sees in nature and in her life.

After the presentation you will be introduced to all the tools and materials Joan uses to create her orbs. She will start with what type of orb substrate works best, the appropriate adhesives for a 3D shape, her favorite tools, as well as a variety of tesserae for creating your own personalized orb.

Joan will show in detail how to prep the orb and she gives options for each orb’s sitting position which creates certain tilts and juxtapositions. Once you have your orb prepped you will be on your way to creating your own personalized work. The sky's the limit for creating all types of orbs. The orbs Joan teaches and creates in this course are designed for interior display.

Joan shares a detailed list of suggested tools, materials, and resources to get started.


Your Instructor


Joan Schwartz
Joan Schwartz

Raised in an innovative household, Joan Schwartz’s passion for creating began as a child. Nurtured by nature, she began her career as a pediatric nurse. Even while working and raising three children, Joan always made art an important part of her life. For over the past decade, she has focused on mixed media mosaics, seeking out training from top mosaic artists from around the world. Joan’s skillfully crafted works communicate her value for life, children and well-being. Through her art she is a committed supporter of Make- A-Wish Foundation, StarsGuitars through Beaumont Hospital and Doctors Without Borders, all of which are dedicated to helping children with life-threatening illnesses. Currently Joan promotes mosaics in the Metro-Detroit area and other U.S. cities by coordinating mosaic exhibitions and bringing in well-known instructors from the U.S. and abroad. Joan currently is a member of SAMA (Society of American Mosaic Artists), MAANZ (Mosaic Artists of Australia and New Zealand) and MAM (Mosaic Artists of Michigan)and Detroit Artist Market. Most recently Joan was instrumental in hosting the 2017 SAMA conference, bringing almost 300 mosaic artists to Detroit. Joan is a two time past ArtPrize participant, and her work has been juried into the highly competitive Mosaic Arts International in 2012, 2014, 2017 and 2018.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 14 days and we will give you a full refund.

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