My friends and I are having a great time in Philadelphia. We are at the Philadelphia Magic Gardens taking a mosaic workshop with Isaiah Zagar. He has been doing mosaics here since the 1970's and you can see his work all over this part of Philadelphia. He does 10 large mosaics each year and 6 of them are through these workshops. Basically you are paying to work for him and it's a blast. He is a lovely person and takes a lighthearted approach to the students and the are. It's fun but we also work hard.
We are working at a private home only 2 blocks from where we are staying. Here are the photos from today.
We arrived to this. He had made and placed the large blobs and painted the outline of the art.
These are my friends Laura and Lora working on the first part: outlining the dawn lines with mirror pieces. We have 12 people in the class so it occasionally got pretty crowded at the wall.
After the mirror pieces are one start filling in with all of the other pieces. This is all random. You put whatever you want wherever you want. We got all of this done by lunch.
But then we started on the long side wall! We glued tiles until 3pm.
Here's the finished section on the corner of the back of the house.
Here we are exhausted but happy at the end of the day.
Tomorrow we are grouting. We were advised to eat a big breakfast!