Capturing Eyes Mosaic Workshop
Carole Choucair Oueijan
17th-21st October 2018
A special 5-day immersive mosaic course with award-winning international mosaic artist, Carole Choucair Oueijan. In a comprehensive course that includes watercolours, secret paste recipes and Byzantine mosaic techniques, Carole shares the secrets to achieving amazing life-like eyes in mosaic.
Carole Choucair Oueijan is a fine artist working in mosaics, watercolours and oils. Carole has received numerous international art awards – the most recent being her Temple City Public Art Project being awarded “Best Site-Specific Mosaic”, Mosaic Arts International 2017 from Society of American Mosaic Artists. Carole’s mosaics have a “painterly” mosaic style that seamlessly blend realism with abstraction.
Over the last 5 years, Carole has been teaching classes around the world. She is a sought-after expert teacher and her workshops fill quickly! “Capturing Eyes” is a wonderful opportunity to learn from Carole on her first visit to Australia.
Welcome to Villa Rustica! We will be serving drinks and canapes at 6.00pm so we can meet Carole and the other course participants! Jane, your host, will also give an informal talk about the fascinating history of the Villa and take you on a mini tour of the property.
DAY 1: Wednesday
We begin by using watercolours to paint the image of our eye onto canvas. Don’t be daunted if this is your first time using watercolours – Carole has taught many beginners and we will be practising on watercolour paper before painting the final image.
On Wednesday afternoon, Carole teaches the Byzantine Indirect Technique using smalti and other kinds of glass. We will learn about Honey Paste – the traditional temporary glue used for adhering the tesserae in the reverse method. The colours in each eye will be examined and, as each eye is unique, each student will draw the adamento and the correct colours for their work.
DAY 2: Thursday
Carole will demonstrate different cutting techniques and the tricks to using double wheeled nippers. From there on, we will continue working on our mosaic.
DAY 3 & 4: Friday and Saturday
As we continue working on our mosaics, Carole will present two slideshows and provide hands-on guidance.
DAY 5: Sunday
In the morning, we will cast our mosaics. While waiting for the cast to cure, we will go on a mystery short field trip. After a group lunch and lots of inspired conversations, we unveil our projects one by one. Clean up and touch ups follow. Grouting is optional – although recommended for outdoor installation.
A certificate of the class is presented to each student at the end of the workshop.
Course price: $1,200.
Non-refundable deposit to hold space: $200 with final balance due 30 days before course start date. (We suggest purchasing travel insurance with your air ticket).
Maximum course participants: 12
Course price includes:
5 days tuition – Wednesday 17th through to Sunday 21st October (9.00am – 5.00pm)
All materials – smalti, substrate, adhesives, etc.
Welcome drinks and canapes on Tuesday 16 October at 6.00pm at Villa Rustica
Morning tea, Lunches and Afternoon tea on each day of course.
All meals are vegetarian. Special dietary restrictions can be accommodated if advised in advance.
Short field trip on Sunday
Course price does not include:
Accommodation (Make your creative experience truly immersive by staying with us during this course. Different types of accommodation are available on a first-served basis. Please email Jane to discuss availability)
Tools for students to bring:
protective safety glasses
double wheeled nippers
fine marking pen
Any favourite materials you wish to include in your mosaic
422 Friday Hut Road, Brooklet, NSW, 2479, Australia
This mosaic course will take place in the Pavilion room at Villa Rustica. Located in the rolling hills behind Byron Bay, enchanting Villa Rustica has been featured in wedding and fashion magazines as well as Australia’s Better Homes & Gardens tv show. The Pavilion is an inspiring creative space that overlooks the Moroccan courtyard, tropical gardens and luxurious swimming pool.
Villa Rustica is owned by Jane Denison and Greg Furney. Greg is a ceramic artist working from his studio on the property, and Jane is a mosaic enthusiast, arts writer and curator. Villa Rustica hosts regular art retreats, and you can view see photos and testimonials under “Past Workshops”. Jane and Greg make the perfect team to put together a creative space for you to enjoy!
Delicious, healthy vegetarian food is served at lunches with produce sourced from the villa’s gardens and nearby farms. Selections may include Mediterranean frittata (with eggs from the Villa’s chickens), Greek spinach pie, a range of green salads, sour dough breads from local bakery (Harvest) and special sweet treats.
The weather in late October in the Byron hinterland is cooler than on the coast. We recommend packing layers for weather changes. You may also like to think about bringing swimmers and comfortable closed-in shoes (for working with glass).