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5 day Mosaic Workshop - BOOK NOW!

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Studio OzMosaics Brisbane: 2019                                                 
Do a mosaic workshop at Studio OzMosaics & holiday afterwards!?

5 day Mosaic Workshop 

 **********      Dates to be advised ************

Please phone Dave Robertson 07 3847 4873 to book in!

Arrive Sunday to settle in/orientation
Depart Friday evening or Saturday morning.

9 - 5 pm daily    $650.00 (incl gst).
Deposit $200.  Book Now!    
B&B accommodation available at extra cost. (see below)
Min 4 students - Max 6
Suitable for beginners or experienced mosaicists wishing to learn Sandy's mosaic tips & tricks!
*A fabulous week of mosaic making in Brisbane!
* Lots of fun, excitement and of course mosaics!
*Just arrive, we provide everything!
* Work on large scale murals for OzMosaics Studio Great Wall of mOz!.
* Learn many mosaic methods and exciting techniques. 
* All materials provided.
* Take home small mosaic samplers.
Learn the mosaic mesh method, 3D Pique Assiette, Smalti methods and more!


Book early to avoid disappointment.

$75.00 per night per person incl light breakfast & lunch.  2 students per room.
Rooms are spacious and comfortable.
Other meals can be catered and added to your account.
Wine and beverages extra.
Tea & Coffee, biscuits provided.
Special needs/diets - please advise (milk, tea, coffee etc).
You are welcome to bring your own snacks, coffees, tea etc.

About the B&B accommodation:

Pool is available by the studio.

Granny Flat:

2 students may share this space.
1 x queen size bed and 1 x Queen fold out lounge
Ensuite facilities to share.
Kitchen facilities included.

Upstairs: Guest Mosaic Bedroom:
2 students may share this room which opens to a large covered deck with a fridge and coffee making area.

2 Queen Size beds

Separate toilet and bathoom nearby.

If we are booked out or you prefer your own private room, motel
s are close by and Dave will collect you and return each day. See Accommodation in the side menu for more info. Nearby Holland Park Motel

Breakfast/lunch/evening meals may be prepared by students in our granny flat kitchen or provided by OzMosaics and added to your account, as you go during the week.  You are welcome to bring your own food items, special drinks or snacks.  You may shop locally on the Sunday - Dave will drive you to local shops or let us cater for you.   Cafes and restaurants are within walking distance.  Take away can be ordered in.

Transport: Please arrange your own transport to/from OzMosaics by bus/train/taxi etc or contact Dave for more information.   You may wish to take the airport train connections to Coorparoo Train Station and Dave can collect you.  

Locals - Bring your own lunch or use our mosaic kitchen.
Travellers -  
OzMosaics can arrange your breakfast, lunch and dinner at extra cost (ie pizza, sandwiches, take-away, bbq, chicken etc). This will be added to your account and settled on last day.  There are many local restaurants if you wish to dine out in the evening.

Swim - depending on the weather, bring your swimmers, the studio is poolside!  Wear old clothes, we get down and mosaic dirty! 

What to bring?
Keep it simple!
Old, comfy clothes suitable for messing with mosaics!
Phone/camera, laptop, notebook, swimmers, joggers for studio safety, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, apron etc.
Coorparoo is suitable for morning walks with local parks, cafes and streets to jog or wander if you wish!

A great mosaic experience! 
Work on mosaic murals to be installed on the Great Wall of mOz - inside and outside the garden.
Mosaic Work & Play!  
Nip, shape, smash & crash like you never have before! Go beyond the mosaic limits!

The workshop often attracts a mix of local and interstate students. 
To save students lugging materials to OzMosaics Studio in Brisbane and having expensive shipping home of their projects, this workshop will focus of making mosaics for a mural wall in Studio OzMosaics Poolside Courtyard garfden.  A section of the great wall of mOz project.   This mosaic workshop gives all participants the opportunity to work on small and large scall mosaics comprising many mosaic technqiues.

During your mosaic week, you will use OzMosaics materials and substrates.
All sections will not be finished but the work in progress will be continued after you leave but you will see large sections adhered to the wall or on 3D and unsual substrates.  If the weather is not sunny and bright, we will mosaic indoors and Sandy will explain the installation techniques on indoor samplers.
You will have the opportunity to work across several mosaic sections of the wall mural.  
Work with different projects, materials, substrates, techniques with other students, from small intricate sections to wonderful large areas.
The mosaics and techniques incorporate 
Sandy's many years of mosaic experience and wonderful tips and tricks.

Experience 3-D, mosaic on mesh method and installation tips, lightweight board, smalti, china, vitreous tiles, glass on glass, shattered safety glass, sculptures,
cement sheeting and more!  We may even pour some cement torsos and make some mosaic balls for the wall.
Try your mosaic hand at the indirect method, layered methods and fabulous cement rendering in backgrounds and mosaic inclusions.

Students will make small mosaic samplers of several techniques to take home. 
A comfortable, air-conditioned studio awaits for you to create and learn +  a huge wall to help decorate!

For more information on accommodation, catering, what to bring, transport etc. please email or phone Dave Robertson at OzMosaics Studio 
07 3847 4873 or email the Studio.  
What do you want to  learn? Let Sandy know and we will try and incorporate into the workshop.

wall arch detail mosaic ozmosaics

This is the arched wall for the 2018 5 day workshop.
Students will work on mosaic segments using mosaic mesh method, direct method, 3D sculpture, Lighweight Mosaic Board and more!
Amazing mirror effects will be applied using the mirror shown in this image!

Why work on a wall mural at Studio OzMosaics?

No need to worry about designs, substrates, tools, what to make, shipping or materials!  Lots of hands-on mosaics and fun!  Use the wet saw, hammer and hardie and OzMosaics incredible range of Dynasty smalti!  Learn to work directly on the mural wall on a special transporter system.  We will make the new layer for this wall indoors in the studio and install the whole panel when completed to the existing arch.

Mosaic on fabulous large scale mosaic shapes, including whimsical and modern shaped, hand-formed Australiana birds, flora and abstract backgrounds and circles.  Always wanted to work with intricate cutting of china, pique assiette style by Sandy?  It's really quite amazing!
Flower power with 3-D china!  Australian natives and creatures with whimsical and weird eyes!
Creeping vines made from wine bottles and exquisite mosaic ferns, quirky flowers and much, much more! Fantastic substrates await, design options and tesserae for each section to inspire students!
It's taken Sandy some time to bring this workshop concept to the mosaic table, but students will really benefit.
More interesting mosaic experiences, diversity - and fun!  

Yes, you are helping make an amazing mural but you are taken from making small, restricted mosaic samples in a workshop to really getting stuck into mosaics that allow your creativity to soar! You also find what you like to do in mosaics and you can experience "mosaic musical chairs!".  When the music stops (haha) or you are ready to try something else, swap with another student or select another mosaic in progress from the wonderful mosaic substrates, patterns and materials.  Grout indoors or outdoors.  Install mesh mosaics on light-weight board or cement sheeting, work on layered substrates, work directly on the inside Garden Wall or in comfort at the mosaic studio workbench.
Sandy's tips and tricks allow you to work faster, more efficiently and add that special OzMosaics flair!

Shop at OzMosaics:
Materials for your workshop are included for the samplers and for the mosaics for the Great Wall of mOz.
If you wish to purchase other mosaic supplies, you may shop at Studio OzMosaics and take or have your mosaic supplies posted to you.  Your shopping will be added to your account and paid on departure.  Eftpos, credit card (Visa/Mastercard) accepted. We do not accept America Express. 

 Know your glues!  
OzMosaics uses professional Laticrete Australia products.  Students will take their mosaic art to new heights using thinset (cement based adhesives), epoxy grouts and adhesives, sanded grout, Mac glue, Weldbond, waterproof membranes and more.  

Special effects are Sandy's mosaic forte!  Where others are just getting the idea, Sandy introduced  many of the techniques and still thinks outside the mosaic square.  Enthusiasm abounds, be part of this wonderful environment.  Expect the unexpected!

Work on a section of a cement torso - do your own thing or be guided by Sandy.
Pour one while you are here and see how Sandy creates mosaic scultptures from mosaic leftovers!
Use the wet saw!   Cut cups in half if you must to include in the Great Wall of mOz.
Spin the mosaic bottles with Sandy for special mosaic effects.
Bring along your mosaic questions and enjoy mosaic group discussions.

When you arrive back home after the workshop, you may want to do a large scale mural or put the techniques you learn at OzMosaics into a small project - no matter what, you will be confident to mosaic on! 
Want to know how to enlarge and enhance your mosaic designs?  It's easy when you know how, Sandy Style.

Students at the workshops may not video OzMosaics workshops or studio and projects, without permission.
Sandy's techniques are for students only - not to be uploaded to Facebook or given to other mosaic teachers, without Sandy's approval, during the workshop or afterwards.  Mosaic teachers are welcome to book into a workshop. This is fair to Sandy and Sandy's enrolled students.

It has taken Sandy many years of hard work, experimentation, community and public mosaic projects/teaching near and far, and hands-on experience to hone her techniques.
Permission must be sought to share media or notes and shared information must give due acknowledgement to Studio OzMosaics/Sandy Robertson. 
In due course, OzMosaics tutorials and mosaic projects will be available in MOSi, Mosaic online School, where OzMosaics students and others interested persons may enrol in MOSi. 
This will be very exciting and OzMosaics students will be offered special incentives and discounts.
The making of the Great Wall of Moz will be shown in MOSi along with many other projects and workshops.
The many mosaic projects included in the GWOM will be featured in MOSi and tips and tricks, of which there are many!

Students attending OzMosaics workshops may be photographed and filmed during the workshop.  
You will be offered the chance to be excluded if this does not suit you, but you are assured of fun  -  often it will simply be "hands on views".  

Feedback from September 2013     5 day workshop:

Note the 2018 5 day workshop is a different concept!

Photos below are of past 5 day workshops at OzMosaics Studio, Coorparoo Brisbane Qld Australia.

Thanks to all who attended!
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The 6 students had a wonderful time!  

Thanks so much to everyone who attended this mosaic workshop. Students came from Perth, New Zealand, NSW and Queensland to experience a week of mosaics with Sandy.  The wet saw demo was a great success and one student Carol, was totally into cutting her plates, vases, cups etc for a beautiful mosaic Florist Shop mural for her home, inspired by Oliver Budd.  A mosaic zebra, 2 mosaic mirrors, a mosaic garden rock, New Zealand flowers and other mosaics were in the making during the mosaic week.  
Lots of time was spent by Sandy demonstrating mosaic techniques, sharing tips and tricks and we also found time to run a few mini mosaic computer sessions - the students were very interested to learn how to enlarge designs, photos etc for their mosaic murals etc. Happy times were spent sharing food, wine and conversation on Sandy's Queenslander deck after the workshop.  We had two guests stay in our B & B, thanks to Shar and George for your company, friendship and of course mosaic enthusiasm!

January 2013 

Student feedback: January 2013:
by Margaret Laasonen WA (thank you Margaret, hope to see you again soon!) hugs Sandy

In January I was lucky to attend a week long Mosaic Marathon Workshop run by Sandy Robertson in Brisbane. 

I first met Sandy 6 or 7 years ago on Norfolk Island when she was an artist in residence for a mural project to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Pit Cairn Islanders arrival on Norfolk Island and always said one day that I would visit her studio in Brisbane on my way home from one of my annual visits to Norfolk Is. This course was timed just right and what a full-on week of mosaicking it was!

Sandy and her husband Dave live in a big Queenslander house in the hills just south of Brisbane. Backing board and vase ready.

They have accommodation for out of town students (with full board as an option) and I had the upstairs 'Diva suite', and downstairs was a lovely 'granny flat' used by Penny from Adelaide. The house and garden were more like an art gallery, full of Sandy's mosaics. Downstairs was completely given over to the mosaic classes, a large air conditioned studio which led out to a lovely pool, a well-supplied shop and a work area which was Dave's domain.

Sunday, our first class and we were in the studio by 8:30am - our mission (project) - to make a 3D vase of flowers on a black cement board with the tiles we were given and any wine bottle, old china plates, cups, mugs, beads, copper wire, mirror glass from the 3d elements create the composition. Huge stacks of stuff that Sandy had on shelves, in shopping trolleys , in buckets and jars, around the garden and studio.The most important thing we had to use was the thinset, a 2 part latex mortar adhesive, the mainstay to building a 3D design. We had to use black for our vase of flowers but the latex can be mixed with white or coloured grout to achieve any colour. We learnt how to smash wine bottles to use for leaves, cut petals from china, pipe thinset to be part of the design, make stamens from copper wire, and much more.

Sandy's enthusiasm and energy was amazing and by 5:00pm we had eight fantastic and each very different vases of flowers, some of us were still adding finishing touches at 6:30. Grout, gold and wire all add interest.On Monday we cleaned up our 3D flowers then started our planned projects, while waiting for help from Sandy. I didn't have a big project planned but wanted to learn and practice using smalti.Sandy and Dave stock a new glass smalti from China -Dynasty - it comes in an Antique and Modern range with about 100  (264!) beautiful colours in each. I loved it.

Just as well I didn't want to work on my own project, there was so much going on,Sandy would buzz around from student to student calling out to come and see how to do this and how to fix that, it was a real hands on learning experience. There was a wonderful camaraderie among the eight students. Wactually worked quite hard but loved what we were doing, laughed lots and had fun !

Sandy and Dave are a great team, Sandy our inspiration and motivator with Dependable Dave as support to cut boards, prep substrates,  find stuff, serve morning tea and lunch by the pool, prepare great dinners, fix tools, run to the shops for French Champagne.

By Tuesday we had added butler to Dave's list of jobs and he brought champagne, glasses, and nibbles down to the studio every day at 5:00pm !

Friday arvo arrived all too soon, Dave carefully packed precious projects for their trips home, and we celebrated a wonderful week of mosaics, new friends and great fun with Indian takeaway, and of course champagne, on the lovely Queenslander verandah.I flew home to Perth on Saturday full of inspiration and even more enthusiastic for my hobby of mosaics. I'm sure I'll be detouring to the OzMosaics studio on another trip to Norfolk Island soon.

Happy Mosaicing, Margaret

2013 September Workshop Project:  It was fabulous!

During this mosaic week Sandy will share her tips and tricks, provide demos on many mosaic methods, including mixed media mosaics, smalti, special effects, working with thinset, making mosaic substrates, 3-D forms, glass on glass and mosaic underlays and more.  We will do as much as we can in the time available.  Watch the demos, ask questions and work away on the Great Wall of mOz project and make samples to take home.  

Sandy Says: "I am looking forward to meeting the students and enjoying making and sharing the joy of mosaics with the group!  I appreciate the distance some of the students are travelling to attend my mosaic workshop; the babysitting arrangements and school holiday plans which have had to have workarounds!  Don't forget to bring your swimming togs (if it's summer!) the pool is just outside the studio door and you are welcome to take a dip between mosaic nips"....  See you all soon!  Safe travels! 

Immerse yourself in mosaics for a week with other mosaic addicts!
Stay with us at OzMosaics Studio for mosaic overdose or go home at night to recover!
What a great gift for someone special (Birthday, thank you, anniversary, Valentine's Day, or early Christmas ....!)
Imagine working on your mosaic every day, no packing up each night, sharing mosaic stories, adventures with other mosaic enthusiasts and having a wonderful time at OzMosaics Studio!


Photos from January 2013 5 day (some did 7 days!) mosaic workshop/retreat:
mosaic-workshop-ozmosaics-laticretePhoto courtesty of Gail (c)
8 students (Virginia, Penny, Sara, Gail, Denise, Lesley, Margaret, Stephanie with Sandy Robertson and Nick Collett from Laticrete) enjoying a fun and informative time with Laticrete epoxy grout demo!

gail-step-biloela-ozmosaics-workshop-ceramic-tilePhoto courtesy of Gail (c)
Gail is delighted to report that her mosaic on fibreglass mesh to decorate her front "entry site'" fits and will be installed soon!  Great news!  Can't wait for photos of installed mosaic.  It travelled back to Biloela well and Sandy explained to Gail how to ensure "the pieces stay put" during the drive home.  Can't wait to see what Gail does with the torso she poured here during the workshop.  Her letter "A" mosaic, which Dave cut out of our mOzboard (light weight board) looks scrumptious decorated with mosaic, featuring 3-D and the push-in to cement method.  The 5 day workshop was not just about making a mosaic, but working on samples of methods, watching many mosaic tutorials and demos by Sandy and being "inspired beyond belief". 

champagne-ozmosaics-workshop-mosaicPhoto courtesty of Gail (c)
At the end of a huge mosaic week, not the whole group, but most of us...enjoying an Indian meal on the Robertson verandah.  Dave and Sandy supplied champagne, Indian food and we all toasted a great time all round.  Not the most flattering photo of me (Sandy)....the denim shorts are very special to me, I have worn them constantly in many huge mosaic installations, I love every cement blob, tear, lots of mosaic blood, sweat, tears and joy have made my mosaic short so special (I do have a good collection of jeans, tops, aprons etc that I hang on the walls!).   These are the words of a true mosaic addict!  We hope we celebrate a mosaic workshop with you on our deck in the future!

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OzMosaics provides a safe, happy environment for the making of mosaics! award-mosaic

Situatied in the hills of Coorparoo, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia our grand old Queenslander provides a mosaic haven for mosaic artists.

Students visit from around the world to learn with Sandy Robertson. 

Dave Robertson, Customer Service & Sales Manager takes pride in running the business, co-ordinating the Mosaic School and Workshops, plus shipping out mosaic orders on a daily basis! 

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