Tree of Life with David Jarvinen

Time to Branch Out and Turn Over a New Leaf

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Course intro and interview with David Jarvinen and Tami Macala

David shares his many tips and tricks on bringing a tree of life to life!

Many people come to mosaic art because of the materials. There is a sense of wonder when mosaic materials are put together cohesively, creating a piece you or others will enjoy.

This is where David Jarvinen comes in. David loves to tell a story using mosaic art materials. Now, you can learn from David’s years of experience and talent in his latest online course, The Tree of Life, exclusively at Mosaic Arts Online.

In this course, David teaches how to work with various mosaic materials to create depth and perspective. Telling a story in mosaic art can be challenging, but with David’s methods, you will see how easy it is to create a dynamic piece.

In this course, you will learn the following:

  • David’s favorite substrates
  • How to choose the materials that will tell a story
  • How to create David’s copper foil mosaic leaves
  • How to dry lay the materials and audition your pieces
  • David’s special adhesive method
  • How to adhere each piece and element
  • How to mosaic the background
  • David’s method for partially grouting the piece

David demonstrates using a wide variety of materials, but it is not mandatory to have all of these materials on hand to create. It is up to you the artist to pick and choose what works for you and what you may already have in your studio or art space.

Once you learn David’s techniques imagine the limitless Tree of Life projects you can create for yourself or loved ones.

David has included his list of supplies and resources for you to get started!

Your Instructor

David Jarvinen
David Jarvinen

I came to the mosaic industry through ceramic tile contracting and a couple of clay artists. Our business was remodeling kitchens and baths with ceramic and glass tile, and doing tile jobs most other contractors wouldn’t. This led to a reputation for being creative.

During this time, I met those couple of clay artists that asked me to assist with their school and public mural installations they had created. It was great fun and I volunteered to help. Then, after a year or two of volunteering, I landed a paying gig to cover for one of the artist installers, as they needed to go out of town. That was the beginning. Circa 1998.

From this beginning, I worked to incorporate mosaics into my contracting business and there was a market! It wasn’t huge, but it was there—I worked to make mosaics mainstream through our business and have had some happy customers as a result.

Most of my work was architectural in nature. Then the clay artist who had instructed classes, for which I assisted—was moving out of state, so I approached the host venues and inquired to see if I could take over for her. They were happy to give me a try. That was the beginning of my instruction career. Circa 2004.

I continued to expand my collaborations and as of 2017 I am continuing to instruct, learn and create mosaics!

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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