Popular concrete sculpture, mosaic workshops offered by de Raad
A Concrete Sculpture Workshop and a Mosaic Workshop with award-winning artist Wouterina "Riana" de Raad will be offered this spring at The Phipps Center for the Arts.
The two-day Concrete Sculpture Workshop will be held on Saturday, March 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday, March 17, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., for a fee of $235. The two-day Mosaic Workshop is scheduled for Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, April 14, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., for a fee of $180.
In the Concrete Sculpture Workshop, de Raad teaches her own techniques not offered in any books or schools. During the first day, participants will make a multi-layered metal armature which will be cemented in the following day. Participants will learn how to cut and shape metal lath as well as when and how to use reinforcements. There will be a demonstration on various cementing techniques and discussions on cement formulas as well as what pigments to use for coloring cement. Students should wear work clothes and bring garden gloves with a cloth upper and a thin nitrile palm (Atlas gloves are recommended, and are available at most garden centers), band-aids, a dust mask, as well as a sack lunch each day. All other materials and tools will be provided.
In the Mosaic Workshop, students will learn how to cut and break glass and ceramic tile, as well as what materials and adhesives to use for a subzero climate. There will be a grouting demonstration and discussions on cement formulas as well as how to use pigments and texture a cement surface. Participants must wear old clothes; provide the object or sculpture to mosaic; bring tiling objects such as broken dishes, buttons, mirrors, beads, shells, tiles, etc. (for outdoor work, tiling materials must be impermeable); and bring old towels or rags, garden gloves with a cloth upper and a thin nitrile palm (Atlas gloves are recommended and are available at most garden centers), band-aids, a dust mask, and a sack lunch each day. All other materials and tools will be provided.
The instructor's award-winning sculpture gardens have been featured on "Rebecca's Garden" and "The Wisconsin Gardener" on Wisconsin Public Television, as well as in numerous publications including Backyard Living, Midwest Living, Minnesota Monthly, Country Gardens, Minnesota Horticulturist, and the Folk Art Messenger. To see more of de Raad's work, go to www.concretemosaicsculpture.com.
For more information or to enroll, contact The Phipps Center at (715) 386-2305 or go to www.ThePhipps.org.