Student Inspiration

As an instructor at The Art Center of Highland Park, I am able to share my love of mosaics with students with a wide range of experience. Some are brand new to art and others have fine arts degrees, though for most this is their first time working with mosaics. This art form has unlimited possibilities that we explore together, and it is wonderful to see the different directions taken.

One of my students, Cindy Robin, has helped me grow as both a teacher and an artist. Her creativity and talent amaze me.  Whenever I introduce new concepts or elements, Cindy jumps in and lets loose with her imagination, vast collection of materials, and skill. Below are just two samples of her wonderful work.

Offerings by Cindy Robin
Our Roots are in the Earth by Cindy Robin
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Living and Breathing Mosaics

The Deep Sea              by Ilana Shafir
The Deep Sea by Ilana Shafir
Awakening by Sophie Drouin

Last week I spent four incredible days at the annual Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA) conference. I was able to totally immerse myself in mosaics by participating in workshops, attending lectures, interacting with other mosaic artists, and viewing a wide range of mosaic artworks.

The above mosaics created by Ilana Shafir and Sophie Drouin, artists that I have had the privilege of taking workshops with,  have wonderful texture and beautifully utilize stone,  my favorite material. These pieces and many other amazing mosaics are currently on exhibit in the  Mosaic Arts International 2012 exhibition at the Lexington Center Museum & Gallery through April 27, 2012.