Portraiture in Stained Glass Mosaic with Carol Shelkin

Learn all of Carol's tips and techniques for creating a successful stained glass mosaic portrait

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For the first time, Carol Shelkin is bringing her “Portraiture in Stained Glass Mosaic” course to our online platform. This is the first time you will see Carol create her mosaic portrait from an “over hands view” perspective. Carol has never invited the public to watch her work in progress until now. While talking and guiding students through each section, Carol reveals her tips and techniques on creating her unique and painterly-style mosaics. There is a wealth of knowledge in this course no matter what medium of art you work in. Students will learn about color charts, value scales, light and dark tones, as well as highlights and shadows.

Carol will start from the very beginning in a lecture style, and teach students how to create a portrait in this style of mosaic art. She will guide students from the very beginning by defining portraiture in this medium. She will explain how to pick an appropriate photographic model. If this is your first time, she will instruct on practicing with a specific face. Carol will use Albert Einstein's face as a great beginner model for this course. There are over twenty-five sections of information in this course. Carol does not finish the project during this course. Once enrolled Carol gives you email access for guidance throughout your process of this course.

It is highly recommended that students take Carol's "Realism in Mosaic Art: Color, Composition and Design" before taking this course. "Portraiture in Stained Glass Mosaic" is filled with so much information, and having the foundation skills from Carol's “Realism” online course will allow students to really benefit and understand all of her techniques. Additionally, if you have attended one of Carol's in-person live “Realism” workshops, then that will fulfill the requirement.

It takes Carol over 60 hours to finish a portrait like the one in this online course. Carol does not complete this portrait in the course, but she covers all of the areas of facial features to make sure students have the information they need to complete their portrait. Carol recommends that students use a practice model for their first mosaic portrait in stained glass before moving on to a loved one or more specific photographic model. There is a comment section in each segment, and you are welcome to ask Carol questions which will help you move forward in learning this process.

If you have been looking to learn this technique from Carol Shelkin, but were never able to get to her in-person workshop, this is your chance. She will share the same information she presents in her live course, and you will have the added benefit of being able to refer back to any part of any section as often as needed. Once purchased the course is yours, and you will be able to login as often as you like.

Your Instructor

Carol Shelkin
Carol Shelkin

Carol Shelkin took to art as soon as she was able to hold a crayon. At seven she started attending Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia and it was made clear at this young age that her life would be centered on her passion for art. She continued her artistic direction with studies at Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts and studies in Ravenna, Italy. In time she began to teach and create one-of-a-kind works of art that are displayed in galleries, community centers, libraries, commercial and private, residential settings.

For over 30 years Carol owned a successful arts nursery school, "Carol's House” in Philadelphia, raised her three children along with her husband, JP as she balanced her promise to teach adults at night and work on her personal portfolio in art.

Since 2011, Carol is the owner of Worldwide Mosaic Workshops and Tours taking creatives and art lovers to Costa Rica, Mexico, France, Morocco, Italy and Spain. She is the instructor and tour guide traveling the world, exploring and researching new destinations, and delivering experiences that students will remember for the rest of their lives. Carol also offers other week long and weekend workshops worldwide.

The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Upper Darby Arts and the prestigious Robin Brett Mosaic Scholarship from The Society of American Mosaic Artists honored her with grants and scholarships to create and learn. She is a Founding Member and past President of The Mosaic Society of Philadelphia along with being voted a Master Artisan from The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen.

Carol finds a very eclectic approach to surface design placing stained glass and other materials where she, as a painter naturally places paint and balances that with her love of being an art teacher.

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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