Luna Mosaic Arts
Smalti/Picassiette Portraiture NEW workshop with Gila Rayberg - Dec. 9-12, 2021
Smalti/Picassiette Portraiture NEW workshop with Gila Rayberg - Dec. 9-12, 2021
Smalti/Picassiette Portraiture NEW workshop with Gila Rayberg - Dec. 9-12, 2021
Smalti/Picassiette Portraiture NEW workshop with Gila Rayberg - Dec. 9-12, 2021

Smalti/Picassiette Portraiture NEW workshop with Gila Rayberg - Dec. 9-12, 2021

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Smalti/Picassiette Portraiture NEW workshop with Gila Rayberg

Date: Dec. 9-12, 2021 - Thursday-Sunday
Skill Level: intermediate/advanced students  
Materials included: All materials included
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Description: In this 4-day class, students will create a portrait of their choice.   Gila will share her extensive knowledge about creating mosaic portraits, with an emphasis on combining picassiette elements (dishes, saucers, etc) with Mexican smalti. You may also choose to incorporate additional materials such as stone, marble and found objects. We'll use a laying technique that Gila learned at the Mosaic School in Spilembergo Italywith her own modified picassiette twist.

Gila will demonstrations how to use hand tools to cut & shape each material, and provide a multitude of tips on using these materials in combination, to create texture & interest within your mosaic work.  Each participant will receive individual attention & guidance while working on their own unique portrait.

Since individuals work at different paces, not everyone is expected to finish their portrait in this short workshop. However, Gila will demonstrate the finishing process as well as discuss an individual plan for completion with each student before the end of the workshop.  Participants will leave the workshop with a good understanding of choosing a subject, preparing a design, understanding value, cutting material & setting them into a mortar bed, and much more.

​Everyone is encouraged to bring an item or three (dishes, pottery, teacups, etc), which contain designs or patterns to enhance & personalize their chosen subject. Thrift stores & yard sales are perfect, inexpensive sources for finding these materials. 

This course is for intermediate/advanced students & not intended as an introduction to mosaic.

Click here to see Gila's Featured Artist article!


CDC now says that if you are fully vaccinated, you no longer need to wear a mask. We do want everyone to feel comfortable during the workshop, so if you would prefer that everyone wear a mask, please let me know. If you are not fully vaccinated, you are required to wear a mask.

We have separated the tables and are still limiting the number of students per workshop to allow for social distancing.

About the Instructor: Gila Rayberg

Gila Rayberg has received numerous awards for her expressive and whimsical portraits.  In the summer of 2018, Gila was one of 9 mosaic artists from 7 countries, invited to create a mosaic work for a proposed Museum of Contemporary Mosaics Art to be housed in a renovated ex-convent in Ploaghe Sardinia Italy.  Gila travels extensively around the US & internationally giving workshops, specializing in portraits and the up-cycling of dishes.  Her work has been published in a number of art books.

Gila arrived at the visual arts after a successful career as a freelance musician and educator. Allowing her strong sense of intuition and love of experimentation to guide her, Gila has developed a unique voice in the realm of mosaic portraiture.

After earning her masters  degree in music from Arizona State University (1989), Gila moved to San Francisco and quickly became involved with a community of improvisational musicians, composers and artists.

​Pursuing her love of travel, Gila found herself performing & teaching instrumental music at a newly established University in Borneo, East Malaysia. From there, she traveled extensively throughout South East Asia, Hong Kong, China, India, Israel & Egypt, collecting art, textiles, and musical instruments, representative of local cultures.  With each excursion Gila became increasingly fascinated by the indigenous art which surrounded her.

On her return to the United States, Gila landed in New Orleans, spending her first year practicing jazz standards on the street for tips.   She then joined the horn section of Deacon John & the Ivories which kept her gigging steadily until hurricane Katrina hit in 2005.  At that point, Gila turned her focus to creating mosaic art full time.

Cancellation Policy:
- 50% deposit is required to hold your space in the class or workshop.
- Balance due 14 days before class or workshop date.
- Full Refund - 30 days prior to the class or workshop minus a $50 processing fee.
- Full Refund if class or workshop is canceled.
- No Refunds - within 30 days of the class or workshop unless we can fill your space minus a $50 processing fee.
- No Refunds - within 7 days of the class or workshop.



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