Gary Drostle

Current opportunities to learn the craft of mosaic with Gary Drostle

With so much work in the studio to do it is difficult to find time to teach mosaic making, but you can be sure that every year Gary will teach his ‘Large scale mosaic making’ course at the Chicago Mosaic School. Other places Gary often lectures include the annual conferences of SAMA (Society of American Mosaic Artists) and BAMM (British Association for Modern Mosaic).

Gary teaching at chicago mosaic school

Gary’s first lecture for SAMA at the Chicago Mosaic School

The Chicago Mosaic School

Gary has been a visiting lecturer at the Chicago Mosaic School for over ten years and is a committed supporter of the school and it’s philosophy.

This 5 day workshop will address considerations, organization and logistics that go into producing large scale and public works. Students will learn the indirect technique of using paper as a temporary support for creating large scale mosaics.The technique enables the creation of larger works off-site and in smaller sections and is particularly useful for creating floor mosaics and working with community groups. The technique is also widely used for creating wall and ceiling mosaics. The course will also cover: design considerations; creating a full scale cartoon; selection of suitable materials; project planning; making glue; determining Andamento; progressing the works; sectioning the mosaic; organisation and logistics; paper faced mosaics in transit; site set up; site lay out; equipment; health and safety; professional installation; fixing; paper removal; grouting; troubleshooting; snagging…. and much more. As much of the course as possible will be taught using hands-on practical work with each student creating their own mosaic panel as well as working on a collaborative large scale work.

The 2017 class will be held on 21st-25th June – Sign up here at the Chicago Mosaic School

The Conference of the Society of American Mosaic Artists – SAMA

Attendants at the 2017 SAMA conference in Detroit have three opportunities to learn from Gary this year. Gary will be teaching two one day workshops which will introduce the paper-faced method of working. In addition Gary will give a keynote presentation on the recently completed major commission in California.

Creating the California Mosaic Trails with Gary Drostle
Friday, May 5, 2017, Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center

Over nine-hundred-square feet, Gary Drostle’s latest mosaic work is the culmination of four years of planning and designing and two years of actual construction. In this presentation, Gary will guide us through the project from beginning to end. The work consists of two trails of mosaics over two floors of a hospital, and includes 19 mosaic panels, terrazzo design, and cast-glass inlays. Gary will discuss the design procedure, construction of the mosaics using the paper-faced reverse, and the final installation.

Session 20A: Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 8:00am – 5:00pm  – SOLD OUT
Session 20B: Wednesday, May 3 2017, 8:00am – 5:00pm – BOOK HERE

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Posted: February 18, 2017