Making a picture out of tiles is art, but making tile out of pictures will only offend friends who dislike being grouted in your shower. Decorate tastefully with today’s Groupon: for $72, you get a beginner mosaic workshop at Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art in Santa Barbara (a $145 value). Workshops are two-parts, and take place on Saturday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art’s instructors teach tile fiends the ancient skills necessary to complete elaborate mosaic works of art during educational workshops for ages 18 and older. During the beginner mosaic workshop students learn all about the history of mosaics, how to use artistic tools, and how to deftly wield different substrates, adhesives, and grouts when facing an onslaught of decorative tiles or homemade holiday cards. After knowledge has osmosized its way into artistic minds, students begin to create individual mosaic art on a 12”x12” board while practicing design techniques, tile setting, layout, and grouting. Every student will leave with their tiled mosaic, a grouting kit to finish at home, and the satisfaction of knowing they conquered one of ancient man’s biggest fears.
Immersed in mosaics for years, resident artist and instructor Tami Zweig Macala acts as the glue behind Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art. Tami enjoys working with new clients and creating artistic works based on her own inspirations in her pursuit to bring beauty to otherwise normal places.
Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art
Once a costumer for TV shows including House and Weeds, Tami Macala switched careers midstream when she discovered the art of creating mosaics, according to a Santa Barbara Sentinel profile. She started mosaicking everything from fireplaces to fountains, eventually landing high-profile projects at the Florida Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Arby’s restaurants.
After more than a decade of working as a professional mosaic artist, Tami opened the Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art (SBSMA). At the school, Tami and guest artists from near and far teach how to trick out tables with colorful shingles, coax gently luminous Mexican smalti into intricate patterns, or fuse glass for even more complex designs. Students can pick up tools and tiles at the SBSMA supply store and drop by during lab hours to work on independent projects.