Dive in and let your senses take over in this Mosaic Arts Online course as David Jarvinen shares his techniques and experience on how he creates organic abstract mosaics. Using this technique you will learn how to create what looks like a cropped section of a larger mosaic. This online course is designed to facilitate using the senses to create and understand the relationships to the materials. Working on an 8"x8" (20.32cm x 20.32cm) framed substrate David teaches how to focus on movement, color and texture that will help you create the flow of your mosaic.
David gives a wealth of information in this course. The bird's eye view let's the student see up close as David continuously shares an abundance of tips, techniques and his trade secrets in each section. David's use of the tesserae and where and how it is placed teaches students about composition, balance and other important art elements. Starting with his choice of adhesive and how he tints that adhesive and his technique for applying it to the project. 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 on many other substrates, such as 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 to make it easy to shop for them and then begin your project. He also explains that you can use just about any material, many that may be right in your home or studio. This technique is very achievable for the beginner or the more experienced. There are many close up shots of David teaching how to cut many different kinds of tesserae using wheeled nippers as well as other important tools.
This online course is broken up into sections. David suggests watching the course all the way through to understand the process then students will have a better understanding how the online course is broken up and your project can be achieved.
There is a downloadable PDF with a full list of all the tools, materials and resources to get started on this super 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!