LINDSBORG — Lawrence painter, printmaker and mosaic artist Linda Baranski is returning to Lindsborg to share her skills.
As an artist in residence, she will offer a workshop in mosaic from noon to 5 p.m. July 1 at Red Barn Studio Museum, 212 S. Main St. in Lindsborg.
“I started as a mosaic artist when I was a teenager,” Baranski said. “My mother had broken a bunch of glass and was going to throw it away. I started putting pieces together and made a portrait.”
Baranski became so fascinated with the art form that she studied mosaic at Studio Arte del Mosaico in Ravenna, Italy.
“I’ve done a number of portraits of saints in the old Roman tradition,” Baranski said.
“You Can Cover Anything in Mosaic” is a beginner-level course in which Baranski will show attendees how to cut tiles with different kinds of nippers, give a brief history of mosaics and also provide handouts with mosaic techniques.
“In the course, people learn the basics of mosaics, what kinds of glues and adhesive to use and a tutorial on how to grout their piece when it’s finished,” Baranski said.
Baranski will provide vitreous glass tile from Italy for students to use. Participants are allowed to choose what they would like to cover in mosaic; such as a stepping stone, bowl, plate, birdhouse, etc.
“You just bring in whatever you’d like to cover in mosaic,” said Tayla Mace, marketing director for Red Barn Studio Museum.
“It’s a mosaic way of upcycling,” Baranski said.
Working in mosaic can give people a sense of reassurance in life.
“One of the things that I find through this workshop is that it can be really cathartic and healing for people,” Baranski said.
When a woman grieving her mother’s death brought a box of her jewelry to Baranski, they made a mandala together. In arranging disparate pieces into a cohesive whole, the woman told Baranski she gained a measure of peace.
“It’s just a wonderful way to approach mosaic and art work in general,” Baranski said. “...I’m a strong believer in art therapy.”
“You Can Cover Anything in Mosaic” will be taught in the part of the Red Barn Studio Museum that was artist Lester Raymer’s work area.
“It has a certain special feel to it where you really feel the love and the beauty of what the artist did his whole life,” Baranski said. “It has beautiful, great big windows that look out onto the patio.”
“You Can Cover Anything in Mosaic” is open to ages 13 and up and will cost $45 for the museum’s members and $60 for non-members. All supplies except the piece to be covered in mosaic will be provided.
To sign up for the mosaic workshop, contact Red Barn Studio Museum by emailing email@example.com or calling 785-227-2217.
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