Institute of Mosaic Art

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Skilled instructors help students transform imaginations into mosaic picture frames festooned with glass, vintage gems & handmade tile

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Promotional value expires Apr 20, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2/person. Limit 1/visit. 48hr cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price may apply at appointment. Must be 15+ to attend alone; ages 10-14 must be accomp by paying adult. Valid only for introduction to mosaics class. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Artistic expression can take the form of a vibrant painting, a stunning sculpture, or front-yard hedges trimmed into the shape of longing. Let creativity blossom with today's Groupon: for $49, you get a three-hour introduction to mosaics class at Institute of Mosaic Art in Oakland (a $125 value). Several classes are available every month; check the schedule for exact dates and times.

The Institute of Mosaic Art hosts a roster of skilled instructors who host more than 80 classes and workshops that help transform students' creativity into contemporary and traditional mosaic art. The three-hour introduction to mosaics class teaches groups of up to 10 students how to craft 8"x8" mosaic frames festooned with handmade tile, vintage gems, and stained glass molded into unique patterns and secret grocery lists. Classes include all required tools and materials and kick off as instructors greet students before outlining the process of cutting materials. After instructors help select colors and pick out design templates and teacher's pets, students set to work cutting and setting mosaics as instructors circulate, sprinkling on advice and lending a hand when needed. By the end of the class, students leave with a completed frame ready for hanging on an interior wall and for keeping the portrait of a loved one from running away and joining a rogue photo album.

Institute of Mosaic Art

The two grand exhibition rooms at the Institute of Mosaic Art show off the textured tile work of its staff and visiting artists, with more works displayed outside in its lush garden. Within, more than 80 classes and workshops for all skill levels cover a wide range of topics and techniques, including working with glass, smalti, and tiles, as well as projects such as jewelry and exterior decorations. Visiting artists conduct special workshops, giving students insight into their creative processes and suggestions on the best brand of car windshield to smash for supplies.

The institute also houses Mosaic Studio Supply, which fills its homey halls with materials and manuals for all projects. Mosaic makers can browse the stock of a la carte supplies, from colorful tiles to tools and adhesives, as well as kits full of color-coordinated pieces.

Customer Reviews

It was great FUN and very informative.
Joy D. · April 26, 2013
This place is a wonderful resource. There are new owners who will be moving the business to Berkeley in late May. I intend to use this resource, even thought I loved the Jingletown location and it is hard to park and further to drive for me in Berkeley.
D. F. · April 21, 2013
I was very happy with the experience and will probably return for more classes without having a Groupon for them.
Shelly H. · April 14, 2013

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