Dive in and let your senses take over in this Mosaic Arts Online course as David Jarvinen shares his techniques and experience for creating organic abstract mosaics. Using this technique, he teaches how to create a mosaic that looks like a cropped section of a larger mosaic piece. This online course is designed to use the senses to create and understand the relationships between the materials. Working on an 8"x8" (20.32cm x 20.32cm) framed substrate, David teaches how to focus on movement, color, and texture in creating the flow of your mosaic.
David provides a wealth of information in this course. By providing an “over the hands”view, the student will be able to see close up as David shares tips, techniques, and trade secrets in each section. Students will learn about composition, balance, and other important art elements through David's placement and use of the tesserae. David begins by describing his choice of adhesive and how he applies it to the project. Later, he explains his technique for tinting the adhesive. This online course is designed to teach on the 8"x8" (20.32cm x 20.32cm) framed substrate but once this technique is mastered you can create your art on many other substrates. These include Wedi board, tile backer board, or wood (if it is for interior use). David uses a wide variety of materials from all types of resources. He shares many of these resources in order to make it easy to shop for them to begin your project. He also explains that you can use just about any material, and many may be right in your home or studio. This technique is very achievable for the beginner or the more experienced mosaic artist. In addition, there are many close-up views of David teaching how he cuts different tesserae using wheeled nippers and other tools.
This online course is broken up into sections. David suggests watching the course all the way through to understand the process. This way, students will have a better understanding of the project from beginning to end.
There is a downloadable PDF with a full list of all the tools, materials, and resources to get started on this inspiring and creative online course! Check out the FREE promo video and interview with David above this text.
I came to the mosaic industry through ceramic tile contracting and a couple of clay artists. Our business was remodeling kitchens and baths with ceramic and glass tile, and doing tile jobs most other contractors wouldn’t. This led to a reputation for being creative.
During this time, I met those couple of clay artists that asked me to assist with their school and public mural installations they had created. It was great fun and I volunteered to help. Then, after a year or two of volunteering, I landed a paying gig to cover for one of the artist installers, as they needed to go out of town. That was the beginning. Circa 1998.
From this beginning, I worked to incorporate mosaics into my contracting business and there was a market! It wasn’t huge, but it was there—I worked to make mosaics mainstream through our business and have had some happy customers as a result.
Most of my work was architectural in nature. Then the clay artist who had instructed classes, for which I assisted—was moving out of state, so I approached the host venues and inquired to see if I could take over for her. They were happy to give me a try. That was the beginning of my instruction career. Circa 2004.
I continued to expand my collaborations and as of 2017 I am continuing to instruct, learn and create mosaics!
Whee! Supplies and smalti ordered, off to the bead store! Thanks David. You've inspired the backsplash for my new kitchen. Catherine V.