Serious About Series with Kelley Knickerbocker

Serial creating can be seriously amazing!

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Kelley Knickerbocker has a fresh and enthusiastic take on how working in series makes us smarter and better artists. Just like we humans become better people by acknowledging/exploring other perspectives and experiences, we creatives become better artists by executing a palette/subject/design/composition in more than one way.

If you’re looking to develop a cohesive body of mosaic work to show, this course is for you.

If you’re looking to develop a recognizable personal style or “voice,” this course is for you.

If you have a favorite subject/idea/color/style you want to explore, or a longer story to tell, this course is for you.

Too boring, you say? Like to change things up with every new work? Kelley will show you how that approach can fuel one of the most exciting and satisfying successes of a series: maintaining continuity while changing a lot of things up!

In this course, as you build a series of four works, you will learn:

  • To explore beyond your first (reflexive) idea
  • How a series differs from a multipart artwork
  • How to choose a cohesive, design-supporting color/material palette
  • How to compose/design for a series
  • When spontaneity in execution can complement pre-planning
  • What unifying elements will link your series works together
  • How to riff off of “master” or “anchor” design elements in each work
  • How working on multiple artworks at the same time aids continuity and efficiency

Using the four seasons as her subject, Kelley builds in real time four related yet stand-alone mosaics that when finished form a cohesive series. As she sketches multiple design ideas to find the one that resonates, compiles a color/material palette, chooses sizes/shapes of the individual works, figures out the order of construction across multiple substrates, and sets her tesserae into mortar, Kelley explains all of her thinking and decision-making processes. As you build along, using your own favorite materials and personal style, watch your thinking, experience and skills level up.

Your Instructor

Kelley Knickerbocker
Kelley Knickerbocker

Visual artist Kelley Knickerbocker left a 22-yr administrative career at the University of Washington in 2006 to found a mosaic studio (Rivenworks Mosaics, Seattle) and direct her accumulated skills in project management and planning toward designing/fabricating/installing mosaic artwork for public, commercial, residential and gallery environments.

Kelley’s ruggedly dimensional mosaics, in a broad range of materials, are a textural distillation of her fascination with contrast, material properties and the technical challenges of mosaic construction. Sharing that fascination and learning from other art makers are keys to the freshness of Kelley’s mosaic practice, and she travels extensively throughout North America speaking, collaborating and teaching in-depth workshops on mosaic style and technique.

Kelley’s fine art mosaic panels have been accepted to numerous national and international juried exhibitions, and many reside in private collections. She is an active member of the Society of American Mosaic Artists.

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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