In this one-hour event, we will share a variety of mixed media art projects that can be easily achieved with a few art supplies and a creative spirit.
Tami Macala, founder of Create Arts Online has been a professional artist for over 20 years. In 2016 she founded her first online art school Mosaic Arts Online. When she realized that there was a need to serve more art mediums she opened Create Arts Online in 2020. Now with over 100 courses and 40 instructors between both schools, Tami loves producing online courses that can reach a larger audience of eager and enthusiastic art students around the world.
Sunny Carvalho is a mixed media artist living in Pinson, Alabama amid the chaos of too many art supplies. Focusing on functional yet whimsical ceramic ware, hand-sculpted ceramic pendants, freehand stitched characters and mixed media paintings, her quirky characters have found their way into many of the mixed media magazines and books. With an emphasis on the joy of everyday living, her work reflects the humor and oddity of the unique characters residing in her head as they deal with pets, situations, and each other. She began her mixed media career as an instructor with Artfest (a groundbreaking retreat near Seattle that launched the careers of many internationally known artists and had it's final retreat in 2012). Sunny continues to teach live but is thrilled to partner with Create Arts Online and bring her signature works to an online platform.
Helen’s watercolor illustrations have graced the cover brochures, garden articles and advertisements of numerous international resorts and magazines for more than 30 years. Awards include four San Diego Press Club First Place Awards of Excellence in Illustration for San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles Magazine.
Her works and articles have been published in Southwest Art, Cloth, Paper, Scissors, San Diego Home and Garden Lifestyles, and Studios Magazines. Helen holds a BA degree in Fine Arts with an emphasis in illustration and ceramics. She is a signature member of San Diego Watercolor Society and teaches watercolor and mixed media workshops internationally and across the US.
Katherine England is a prolific visual artist who also teaches in schools, in her studio, and at art retreats nationwide. In addition to creating and promoting public works of art, Katherine has taught and has been an activist for art education in the public school system for nearly twenty years.
Her favorite medium right now is glass and she loves breaking, nipping, melting, and coaxing it into playful patterns and whimsical figures. Her largest mosaic piece is 40' by 8' but she also enjoys playing with tinier pieces.
A variety of people and institutions seek out Katherine to create unique commissioned pieces for their offices, stores, and places of employment, and her work can be seen in both private and public collections throughout the United States.
Laurie Mika is an artist, author and instructor. Over the last two and a half decades, Laurie‘s mixed media mosaic and assemblage work using polymer clay has evolved into an original and easily recognizable style. Her unique approach combines handmade polymer clay tiles with beads, jewelry pieces, charms, glass tile, hand cast resin pieces and found objects. She feels very fortunate to be able to combine her love of travel and passion for art through teaching at art retreats. She has taught across the States as well as in France, Israel, Australia and Mexico.
Laurie’s work has been published in countless magazines and books. She is the author of the highly regarded book, Mixed Media Mosaics, that was published by North Light Books in 2007. Laurie has appeared on both HGTV’s, That’s Clever and on DIY’s, Craft Lab. Recently, Laurie was featured on a new PBS series, Make It Artsy.
Laurie’s work has been shown in galleries in San Diego, Laguna Beach and Los Angeles including La Luz de Jesus and the Hive Gallery. She is currently represented by Pop Gallery in Santa Fe. She has also exhibited many times in the prestigious Mosaic Arts International juried exhibition, winning Best in Show at Mesa Contemporary Arts in Arizona. Laurie’s work hangs in private collections here and abroad.