Mosaic Workshop with Lisa Houck

Mark your calendars! We have scheduled a Mosaic workshop with Lisa Houck:

March 24-25th, 2018
10 am to 4 pm
Adult / Teen Workshop

Design and  fabricate a 8” X 8” mosaic using handmade Mexican tiles, called smalti, with unusual variations of color and texture. We will learn how to cut tiles into a variety of shapes and arrange them to best emphasize the lines and shapes in your design.

You will go home with all the information that you need to continue making mosaics on your own. Students should bring photos, books, and sketches as inspiration for mosaic designs. If you have some things sized for 8” X 8” that will be very helpful. All materials will be provided. A materials fee of $40 to be paid to instructor. All experience levels welcome.

To register for the class, please click here!

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About Houck: “I love the surfaces and colors of mosaic tiles and the way they can express the meticulous patterns I use in my paintings. Both mosaics and ceramics are also durable, which makes them a good choice for public art projects.

Many of these pieces are filled with improbable plants with distinctive personalities. Some are big and pushy; some are delicate and quiet; others are prickly. I like compositions that are complex enough to suggest something new each time you view the artwork.”  To learn more about Houck, please visit her website by clicking here.

See examples of Houck’s student work below:

 

Living With Water: Envisioning Solutions with LEGO Bricks

FREE EVENT at Maud Morgan Arts Center – Friday, February 23, 10:30-12:30pm
Click here to register!

Let MMA introduce design concepts in art and architecture in a welcoming and accessible environment.

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Join architects from the BSA Foundation to envision the future of the Boston waterfront with LEGO bricks. Scientists predict that Boston will experience up to two feet of sea-level rise by 2050 and up to six feet by 2100. How will the downtown neighborhood be affected by the rising waters?

Can residents and designers think of ways to live happily with water as it increases each year? Participants will learn about the challenges being faced, see ideas generated by architects in the Living with Water competition, and envision a future for a site in the Fort Point neighborhood using LEGO Bricks.

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Teacher Feature | Cicely Carew

MMA’s First Teacher Feature – Cicely Carew. Carew is a working artist and printmaker who is currently pursuing her MFA at Lesley Art + Design (located just down the road from MMA).
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When I first moved to Cambridge from Mexico City I wanted to get back to my studio art practice, specifically in monotype printmaking. I did a Google search and found a few places in the neighborhood MMA had m the best selection of classes. I made an appointment to visit and learn more about the center. I was so impressed with facilities and appreciated that it was a non-toxic studio. The whole place had a wonderfully professional and inviting energy. It has become home my studio. I’m feel so lucky to be here! 

As the (MMA) studio tech I maintain the studio cleanliness, organization and make sure all the equipment is operational. 

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This (upcoming Materials Lab) will be my first time teaching since the early 2000‘s while in my undergrad at MassArt + Design. Last fall I led a workshop for at Northeastern University Crossing and recently assistant taught a weekend monotype workshop at MMA. I am so excited to have opportunities to teach and share my love of art with my community as a professional artist.  I will be teaching two more workshops at a Northeastern University on March 15 and April 18 for closing reception of my solo exhibition.”
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Carew will be co-teaching, alongside one of our ceramic teachers (and ceramic tech) Zac Mickelson for our Materials Lab, during February vacation. The class is designed for 3rd-5th graders to ‘focus on art as a making process, explore the act that drives creativity and design… working with clay and a variety of other materials that challenge our understanding of making that might include wood, found objects, fabric, papier-mache, and more.’ The Material Lab is part of the February Vacation programming which relates to MMA’s Architecture curriculum, sponsored in part by the Boston Society of Architecture.

To see more of Carew’s artwork, please visit her website, by clicking here!

Intro to Wood Working

As the snow continues to fall down (yes, as of right now there is a snow prediction for 2/18), we here at Maud Morgan Arts can’t help but thinking of Spring days – and all the exciting classes we’ll be offering next session.

Spring 2018 will produce our first Introduction to Wood Working for Kindergarteners taught by our talented staff member, Aleigha Howland. Howland has been a part of Maud Morgan starting back in September of 2016 and has been building with kindergartener’s since 2013. Howland has experience teaching in multi medias – last summer one of her biggest projects was painting a mural with her students at a Brockton day camp.

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Our wood supply for Winter Session, has been in-kind sponsored by two lumber yards located in Cambridge – Anderson McQuaid and Longleaf Lumber. We thank our Cambridge community in supporting our young artists! Pictured below is a wood worker in progress, from our First and Second grade class taking Wood Working (Section I & II) taught by the amazing, Angela Kimberk.

To read more about our teaching faculty, please click here!

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Maud Morgan Arts Blog

Welcome to the Maud Morgan Arts Center Blog! Our goal is to share information with our MMA participants, artists and community members!

Stay tuned for posts to come that will touch upon the following:

  • Teacher Features
  • Workshop and Class Announcements
  • Project Highlights
  • MMA Fundraising

And more!

Best,

Cory Shea
Director, Maud Morgan Arts Center