Saturday, December 4, 2010

Directions to Glass Shack Mosaic Studio in downtown Ann Arbor; Mosaic Class Info.

(734) 904-4663

Our new address is 201 E. Liberty Street, Suite #23 (located on Liberty St. near the corner of Fourth Ave. and Liberty. The entrance is in between Cloverleaf Restaurant and Chelsea Flower Shop. Go up the stairs, turn right, pass through a door and we are the last door on your right at the very end of the hallway.

Come join the fun in our urban, but cozy little studio for a relaxing mosaic class; registration is on-going. We try to cater to your schedule and are open during the day, evenings and weekends for mosaic classes. For in-studio glass and supply shop, we are open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:30am- 1:30pm and also by appointment. We are very flexible and can open for you on other days, weekends, and evening hours!

Here's how mosaic classes work: Usually people take a class once a week for 2 hour sessions. Fee is $35.- per 2 hour class session with a one-time only $25.00 material fee. Use of tools and glass are all included. Student discounts apply!

You will learn various ways of cutting glass while designing your own personal mosaic.

Typically people start their mosaics on a 12"x12"piece of wood. I carry several sizes which you may choose from, or if you want a specific size just let me know. Some people bring in a table, or mirror that they would like to make their mosaic on as well. 

Here is an image of what the mosaic process looks like:

Well, the person may be surrounded by lots of shards. We do get messy and carried away a bit sometimes, to a point where our work space may even look like this:

We offer group mosaic classes, or private classes too if you like. All ages are welcomed! Gift certificates available. 

We also have an in-studio glass and supply shop that is stocked with stained glass made by such companies as Youghiogheny, Uroboros, Bullseye, Wissmach, Armstrong and Spectrum. Stained glass and mosaic tools are also available.

My personal favorites:

Glass by Youghiogheny
Glass by Uroboros

Glass by Youghiogheny

Tools for cutting glass and stained glass crafters:

For all inquiries give us a ring at (734) 904-4663.

Friday, October 15, 2010


Here are some beautiful mosaics made by students from the old studio!
Check back to see new students' works in a bit.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Eighth Grade Legacy Project- Mosaics

The eighth graders designed four beautiful mosaics for an eighth grade legacy project. We had four teams consisting of four students who each designed a tree in one of the four seasons. They thoroughly enjoyed the process and were proud of their creations. Enjoy!!

Monday, May 10, 2010

High School Texture Drawings and Paintings

Here students looked at pictures from calendars. They made contour drawings with pencils, then went over the pencil lines with technical waterproof fine-point pens. Thereafter, they used watercolors. Before doing this lesson, students practiced making all sorts of patterns with the pens that I think may have helped them warm up in using the pens. So proud of them!

Celebration of Spring by 2nd and 3rd Graders

Raining cats and dogs!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Sixth Grade Rural Scenes Art Lesson

This lesson came from Deep Space Sparkle blog which I believe was inspired by a lesson from Artsonia as was noted. Look over to your right and you can click on Deep Space Sparkle- it's a wonderful site, with all sorts of ideas and has kept me afloat as a first year art teacher!

You can find all of the steps on her blog which are described very well and even give you a little mapped out drawing of the barn's dimensions. If you pass out that map as I did, one suggestion I would give would be to re-do the map because some of the numbers are not clear for the students to understand. She also suggests that you ask for parent volunteers to help with the drawing process- that is a good idea as students will need your help in getting the dimensions right! I went over the dimensions together with the whole class, then answered individual questions- forming teams may be a good idea for this part as well.

We used fine point permanent markers when we outlined, which really gave each artwork a nice, detailed look. One thing I would do differently would be to give examples of farm animals that the students could draw. We didn't spend a lot of time on the animals which is something that I would do next time around.

I only have 2, 30 minute sessions (yep, 30 minutes is all- clean up, set up included) so these took over a month to do! The end results were beautiful and the students took great pride in their artworks! So "Thanks" to Deep Space Sparkle- she is a genius!

Kindergarten and First Grade Cows Standing in a Sunflower Field

First set up your composition. I started with using the head of a  cow template, and passed that around to each child so that they could trace around it. That's all of the tracing they did. Though I don't like to use templates, this cow head seemed a little complicated for such little people. To my surprise the template allowed for the rest of the project to go smoothly.

We drew the heads, saving the bodies for last. Next, we drew sunflowers in the foreground. Then finally, the cow's body. Showing examples of pictures of cows and sunflowers allows students to pick and choose their designs!

We then traced over the lines with a black crayon. I would have rather used black oil pastels, but they are just little nubs at this point in the year! Thereafter, they colored in with crayons. Oil pastels would be better though, offering more vibrant colors.

Afterwards, we painted over our scenes with watercolors and viola! 

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Middle School Paul Klee Landscapes

This lesson came from "Dynamic Art Projects for Children" by Denise M. Logan. I particularly loved doing this project as the students enjoyed creating these landscapes and were amazed by their own talents! I've used several of the lessons from her book and want to do all of them. This is an excellent resource for elementary and middle school art teachers!!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Second and Third Graders' Van Gogh Starry Night Oil Pastel Drawings

Here is the work of second and third graders who worked very hard on these Van Gogh Starry Night oil pastel drawings. This cute lesson plan came from

For all of you new art teachers, check out these great blogs designed by very talented and giving art teachers!! (Look to your right for the links)