Mosaics were invented by ancient Roman artists tired of solving jigsaw puzzles to glue to the walls of their temples. Assemble a more sparkling work of art with today’s Groupon: for $36, you get a three-hour mosaic-basics workshop at The Chicago Mosaic School (a $75 value). The Chicago Mosaic School supplies all tools, adhesives, and materials for the class; click here for a list of available class times.
The Chicago Mosaic School’s faculty of professional artists teach students of all levels to craft glittering glass art, earning accolades from Centerstage Chicago. During the three-hour class, students seated at long tables cut colorful pieces of glass and ceramic tile, affixing them carefully to wooden boards or to other students who have volunteered to lie very, very still. After practicing basic techniques under the watchful eyes of instructors, all of whom belong to the Society of American Mosaic Artists, students design and construct finished mosaic pieces of their own design, crafting portraits, landscapes, abstract patterns, or realistic still lifes of shattered dinner plates.
After class, students can rove The Chicago Mosaic School’s 5,200-square-foot facility, where visitors can peep into the extensive library or kick back with novice glass gurus in the student lounge. Alternatively, they can absorb inspiration from professional artists’ work in the gallery, where students can admire soaring sculptural mosaics and miniscule micromosaics constructed to decorate the back gardens of well-off fleas.
The Chicago Mosaic School
Since opening in 2005, the Chicago Mosaic School has promoted the academic study of the art form is fostered through classes that cover topics ranging from introduction to mosaics to glass-on-glass window mosaics and the Ravenna technique to recreate historic works. Spanning more than 7,500 square feet in size, the facility features classrooms, kiln room, studio spaces, a library, and a gallery. The faculty comprises both professionally trained resident teachers and visiting artists, who lead seminars about their creative specialty. It's here where they explore all facets of mosaics—from classical reproduction to contemporary abstraction. The space has attracted the attention of international mosaic instructions from countries including England, France, Japan, and Australia. Inside, students with beginner to master skill-sets immerse themselves in workshops that allow them to grow their talents in the art of mosaic craftsmanship. Additionally, Chicago Mosaic School preserves and promotes mosaic art through school programs, community partnerships, and teacher training programs.
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