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Portraiture in Stained Glass Mosaic with Carol Shelkin

Everything you need to know to create a mosaic portrait in stained glass.

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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 for over 50 minutes 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.

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, a visual artist is creating contemporary, fine art, original and intricate mosaic designs that eminent care and attention to detail with hand cut, high quality stained glass and other glass materials.

Taking to art as soon as she was able to hold a crayon, she started attending Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia at seven years old. It was made clear at a young age that her life would be centered on her passion for art.
She continued her artistic direction with studies at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and studied under mosaic masters in Ravenna, Italy. Before becoming a full time artist and instructor, she owned a successful arts nursery school/child care program.
Carol accepts weeklong and weekend workshops, commissions and creates one-of-a-kind works of art that are displayed in galleries, community centers, libraries, commercial and residential settings. She works with you, her clients to form a partnership to help make your visions into a work of art.

Carol received several grants from The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Upper Darby Arts and chosen to receive the prestigious Robin Brett Mosaic Scholarship for continued education from The Society of American Mosaic Artists. She is a Founding Member and current President of The Mosaic Society of Philadelphia.
Carol finds a very eclectic approach to surface design, placing glass where she, as a painter naturally places paint.

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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