In this very comprehensive online course, Anabella Wewer walks students through four different elements for creating mosaic art. This course is for you if you are looking to refine your mosaic skills, interested in working with a hammer and hardie, are wanting to learn drawing and understanding andamento, and hoping to use color gradation. The course will give you a very up close birds-eye-view of how to use the hammer and hardie. You will also learn everything from the proper choice of stumps, lessons on how to stand or sit with the best ergonomics and posture, and how to create the best cuts (straight or angled) of stone, marble, or smalti. Anabella goes in-depth about andamento, and uses simple language to instruct on creating lines while developing individual styles of mosaic art. Annabelle demonstrates drawing by tracing her own work. This technique is used to help improve the skills that eventually will be needed for creating andamento drawings. She also shares her knowledge 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, in order to help students understand the use of andamento, she uses two sections to discuss andamento and color choice through the work of other mosaic artists.
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.