Art can express a variety of human feelings, from joy at the birth of a child to confusion at the birth of a man-child. Eloquently articulate your emotions with today's Groupon: for $39, you get an Intro to Mosaic Art class at Mosaic Beach Studio (a $79.10 value). Classes are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays at 1 p.m., and Saturdays starting at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
At Mosaic Beach Studio, instructor Tanya MacFarlane walks students through creating their own mosaics using bits of vitreous glass, glazed ceramics, porcelain, and found objects. The studio's two-and-a-half-hour Intro to Mosaic Art class lets would-be glass artisans decorate four coasters, an 8"x8" trivet, or five holiday ornaments with designs of their own making, such as swirls of colour or detailed portraits of their aristocratic benefactors. The studio supplies all the necessary tools and materials, including the grout students will need to finish their work the next day at home, after their mosaics have dried. Mosaic Beach Studio welcomes glass arrangers of all skill levels and keeps class sizes under a dozen students so everyone gets close attention. Those who complete the class will receive 10 per cent off registration fees for any of the studio's popular workshops on adding mosaics to tabletops or underpants.
Mosaic Beach Studio
To Tanya MacFarlane, a pile of glass isn't a safety hazard—it's art. The owner of Mosaic Beach Studio keeps glass all over her studio in jars much as a baker keeps flour, sugar, and hoarded Lucky Charms marshmallows. She arranges these colourful pieces one by one until they form a glimmering scene, and perhaps even a mural for a local school or nonprofit.
Glass mosaics have been MacFarlane's full-time career since 2001. Beyond creating her own work, she also teaches ongoing studio classes, which meet five days a week and let students come in, design mosaics, and finish them at their own pace. More formal sessions—such as installation classes—focus on projects like bathroom murals or floor inserts. Mosaic Beach Studio sells all the glass and tools needed to create these projects and just about any other students can conceive.
6 Carlaw Ave.
Toronto, Ontario M4M 1B2