EXTERIOR MOSAICS  &  architectural installations with Bonnie Fitzgerald

$2,075 workshop fee, double occupancy

3% discount extended for payment in full at time of sign up via check or money order, $2013.


January 8 – 14,  2023

Arrival on Sunday, 5 day Workshop, Depart Saturday

The primary focus of this workshop is exterior and large-scale mosaics and installations. All skill levels are welcome.  Mosaic experience is helpful but not necessary. 


SIGN UP EARLY. For the past several years workshop is sold out by summer.  

This will be Maverick Mosaics’ 8th trip to Hacienda Mosaico. We are honored and very excited to be invited back to teach at this inspiring, art-filled environment.

Our workshop will guide you through the process of designing, fabricating and installing large-scale permanent mosaics for EXTERIOR or interior architectural settings. 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 a large scale mosaic as a gift to the Hacienda.

For new students this is the perfect opportunity to learn all about large scale mosaic work, installations and community mosaic projects. That being said, all students are welcome to 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.

Class presentations will cover both the creative aspects of large scale work and technical considerations. We will review design composition principles, color theory, andamento and lay patterns. Transfer techniques and important information about material selection and how best to choose appropriate substrates will be discussed along with site selection and appropriate adhesives. You will learn how to select and mix stronger, more flexible thin-set and grout, and learn tips to avoid substandard products that can lead to weak, crumbling outdoor mosaics. You will also gain the confidence to create professional permanent mosaics to withstand moisture, extreme weather and freeze-thaw cycles.

There are daily, comprehensive presentations and lectures.  Also covered are 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.

For our gift to the Hacienda we will create a mosaic work in mixed materials and install the piece on Hacienda property. Everyone will gain valuable experience by participating in this hands-on project. Many images you see here are from past years of merry-making.

Students must bring mosaic hand tools (good quality wheeled nipper, glass scoring tool, running plier and a ceramic nipper.) If not brining materials for a personal project students are asked to make a donation of materials from their studio stash for exercises, approximately 2+ square feet. Your personal project takes priority. A detailed note with packing tips and workshop specifics will go to students in mid-November.

Workshop Information:

2022 Workshop Fee: $ 2075 (based on double occupancy)

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 8 – January 14, 2023  Students invited to a welcome reception on Sunday evening, January 8. 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 14.

Instructor collects funds and manages workshop roster. A $500 deposit secures your spot, with payment in full due December 1, 2022. A 3% discount extended for payment in full via check or money order at time of sign up ($2012, a savings of $62). Click here for sign up and more information

Any questions or concerns feel free to drop instructor a note. bonnie@maverickmosaics.com


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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 www.maverickmosaics.com.

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