In this very comprehensive online course Anabella Wewer walks students through four different elements for creating mosaic art . If you are looking to refine your mosaic skills, learn to work with a hammer and hardie, draw and understand andamento and use color gradation in your work this course is for you. This course will give you a very up close birds eye view of how to use the hammer and hardie, everything from proper choice of stumps, hammer and hardie. How to stand or sit with the best ergonomics and posture, how to create the best cuts, straight or angled, of your stone, marble or smalti. Anabella goes into depth on the subject of andamento and explains in very simple language how to create lines while creating your own style of mosaic art. Anabella does a demo on drawing, while first tracing her own work, to show how practicing this technique will better your skills and eventually you will be able to create your own andamento drawings. She also shares her knowledge in a primer section on the basics of how to create a color gradation. Using smalti and some stone Anabella breaks down the mystery of how one can use gradation to create an array of mosaic art. Lastly she goes over in two sections, other mosaicists work to better drive home the understanding of andamento and choice of color in each of these artists works.
A graphic designer by profession, and a native of Caracas, Venezuela, Anabella is an internationally exhibited mosaic artist and passionate metalsmith. She is co-founder, and has been Creative Director of Black Box, a studio specializing in Web-based applications for Fortune 500 companies, since 1994. After discovering mosaics as fine art during a trip to the Vatican in 2004, she started taking mosaic classes in the United States, but quickly made the decision to train in Italy where the tradition of mosaics is centuries old and pursued as a career path and profession. Her work is rooted in a sense of place and time, with a distinctive graphic feel that often incorporates type and her love of maps and fossils. Her love of materials and history inform her work and push her to explore new territory grounded in time-proven rules and principles. "When I put hand to metal or stone, I aim to bring the viewer or wearer into a narrative, to provide questions to consider. I am intrigued by frozen moments in time; I like to imagine what came before and what follows. Place and time, their changing and their passing, and trying to capture their impermanence is my main artistic directive,” says Anabella of both her jewelry and mosaic work.