January 12 – 17, 2020
Arrival on Sunday, 5 day Workshop, Depart Saturday

This is the perfect opportunity to learn all about large scale mosaic work, installations and community mosaic projects.

All skill levels are welcome.

Class presentations will cover both the creative aspects of large scale work and technical considerations. We will review design composition principles, color theory, andamento, transfer techniques and important information about material selection, substrates, site selection and appropriate adhesives.
You will also gain the confidence to create professional permanent mosaics to withstand moisture, extreme weather and freeze-thaw cycles.

Each student is encouraged to create several “studies” using various indirect mosaic techniques and a wide variety of materials.

These exercise “studies” are invaluable, offering students’ time to explore materials and techniques that work best for projects they have in mind. Students are welcome to take their study projects home for future reference. Additionally, you will gain experience in collaborative design, fabrication, and installation as a group by creating an architectural mosaic as a gift to the Hacienda.

If you wish to create a personal mosaic to take home you must submit a design concept to instructor in advance so materials can be sourced. Students are responsible for bringing their materials and the appropriate hand tools to cut their selected tesserae. Workshop includes numerous hand-outs and resource information.

A comprehensive presentation and lecture will cover creative and technical approaches best suited for community work. When many hands are involved there is magic to the art created, but there are important planning steps to be considered. We will review the process of budgeting and bidding jobs, and share ideas for developing projects, recruiting and managing volunteers, and ways to gain the support of your local community. Students interested in exploring techniques to create a community based project will participate in a series of exercises to help master the appropriate method for their future projects. That being said, all students are welcome to CREATE THEIR OWN WORKSHOP and work on personal projects of any scale. Instructor will work with students one-on-one IN ADVANCE to ensure you arrive at the Hacienda with appropriate materials if you wish to work on a personal project.

Workshop Information:

2019 Workshop Fee: $1,995

Workshop fee includes 5 days instruction, 6 nights of lodging, breakfast and lunch served poolside by the Hacienda’s personal chef, on workshop days. Unlimited use of studio 24/7. Instructor will provide appropriate adhesives and a wide variety of mosaic materials. Students are asked to contribute a small amount of materials for exercises and must bring their own mosaic hand tools.

January 12 – January 17, 2020  Students invited to a welcome reception on Sunday evening, January 12. There will be tons of learning and lots of free time to explore Puerto Vallarta, shop or relax. Every evening optional instructor supervised open studio after dinner. Students depart Saturday, January 18.

Fees for this workshop are handled by Maverick Mosaics, click here to sign-up, please review the detailed cancellation policy and other workshop information. A $500 deposit is required to reserve your spot. A  3% discount is extended for payment in full via cash or check.


Bonnie Fitzgerald

Is the founder and owner of Maverick Mosaics. Since 2006 Maverick Mosaics has specialized in unique learning experiences and creating beautiful art. Bonnie has been the instructor of Contemporary Mosaics for the Smithsonian Institution’s Studio Arts Department in Washington, D.C. for the past 6 years. She also leads mosaic inspired tours for the Smithsonian’s Resident Associates program as well as international travel adventures.Much of Bonnie’s works are large-scale architectural installations.Several of her works have been juried into exhibitions over the years including the Mosaic Arts International Exhibition who honored her in 2017 with a juror’s choice award for her site-specific work at the Palmer Park Community Center located in Lanham, MD.
Considered an “expert in the field’ Bonnie has authored two best selling books, both published by Trafalgar Square, London. Her first book has been translated into 5 languages. To learn more about Bonnie and to see lots of images of her work visit

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