Fall and Winter 2012 Classes with Laurel True

Happy Fall and warm greetings to Everyone!

I have several classes yet this year - in New Orleans and Port au Prince, Haiti.

Stay tuned for my Spring schedule, which will include several destination workshops in different parts of the world that combine social practice and mosaic education.

Here are just the dates/ locations and class titles.. scroll down for full description of classes!

Keep watching the True Mosaics Studio Facebook page for last minute additions. 

October 27-28, 2012
Architectural Mosaics in the Home
New Orleans School of Art and Craft, New Orleans

November 10-11, 2012
Contemporary Mosaics with Laurel True: Introduction to Mosaic Art
El Saieh Gallery, Port au Prince, Haiti

December 1-2, 2012
Introduction to Glass Smalti Mosaics
New Orleans School of Art and Craft, New Orleans


Full class descriptions and info:


October 27-28, 2012
Saturday 10 - 4, Sunday 1-5

Architectural Mosaics in the Home: Mosaic Backsplashes, Floors, Walls and More
New Orleans School of Art and Craft

To register and for more information:

This course is perfect for students who wish to make a permanent mosaic for their home such as a kitchen backsplash, fireplace surround, mural, garden wall or any architectural application! 

This is an upbeat lecture and demonstration- format course packed with useful information. Demonstration will focus on wall and floor applications as well as other permanent installations. Using a mock up of a kitchen backsplash and an existing mosaic floor installation, students are taken through the steps required to complete a successful and durable mosaic application for a variety of locations. Students are encouraged to ask questions about potential projects. Class will include a digital presentation of architectural and permanent applications in many different settings. 

Class will cover: Choosing the proper substrate (surface) and correct preparation for mosaic, selecting the right materials, products and processes for a myriad of different applications for interior and or exterior projects.

Instructor will also address designing for architectural projects, methods of creation architectural mosaics, including use of fiberglass mesh and tile tape, mixing and using cement based adhesives, grouting, caulking and finishing a permanent application.

Special focus will be given to dealing with architectural issues such as thresholds, trims, pipes, plumbing, fixtures and appliances, baseboards, expansion joints, sub flooring and more. Students will receive handouts with technical and resource information. This is an important and inspiring class for those who want to experiment with more permanent mosaic applications and do them right!

Students will see the process of creating a permanent mosaic installation with some hands-on opportunity.

Some mosaic experience is highly suggested for this class as class does not cover introductory mosaic setting lessons such as those offered in beginning classes.

This class is an essential building block for those interested in creating large-scale projects, murals, community projects and more.

Level: Any
Class price: $205
Materials included

Instructor Laurel True has almost 20 years experience in the field of mosaics and has completed hundreds of permanent installations in homes, businesses, hotels, schools, parks and more across the United States.


December 1- 2, 2012 (Date changed from November 17-18)
Saturday 10 - 4, Sunday 10-1

Introduction to Glass Smalti Mosaics  
New Orleans School of Art and Craft

To register and for more information:

Mosaic artist Laurel True will introduce students to this wonderful material dating back to the Byzantine Era. Beginners and continuing mosaic students will enjoy learning about this beautiful glass material that is surprisingly accessible.

Smalti is a beautiful, rich and reflective material made from poured glass. This exciting course will introduce students to the history of this exquisite glass material that has been used since the Byzantine Era and its uses in today's mosaic world.

Class will begin with a digital presentation showing how smalti is made in small batches by artisans today in Europe and beyond. Instructor will go on to introduce students to the unique light catching and reflecting qualities of smalti and how this material can be combined with other mosaic materials for exciting and rich effects. 

Class will cover basic design, layout and visual understanding of a smalti piece as well as both ancient and contemporary cutting techniques. Each student will learn how to work with the hammer and hardie to cut smalti, as well as gain an understanding of how to use modern tools with this material with as little waste as possible.

Students will learn how to set smalti directly into a tinted mortar bed using
Italian smalti to create a 6” x 6” mosaic wall hanging to take home. Smalti starter pack and custom-made framed substrate provided.

Level: Any 

Class price $195
Materials: $50 includes substrate and smalti starter pack



November 10-11
Saturday  and Sunday 10am – 4pm

Contemporary Mosaics with Laurel True- Introduction to Mosaic Art
El Saieh Gallery, Pacot, Port au Prince, Haiti

Spend an inspiring weekend with mosaic artist Laurel True learning the art of mosaic making.

Workshop will meet in the studio classroom of El Saieh Gallery in Port au Prince, one of Haiti’s most respected contemporary art galleries.

Beginning students and experienced artists wanting to expand their repertoire will learn techniques used for the creation of functional and decorative mosaics using ceramic tile and glass. Experience why one of the oldest art forms in the world has so much appeal today.

Class will begin with a presentation of images of contemporary mosaic work from around the world. Instructor will introduce and demonstrate the various tools and techniques used in mosaic making, and discuss the use of adhesives, surfaces and materials for different applications.
Students will learn how to cut and shape tile, and how to arrange pieces to get different effects. Class will cover both the technical and aesthetic aspects of mosaic making, while offering a great community experience in a creative environment.

Students will be provided with a base to mosaic and have lots of great materials to choose from. El Saieh Gallery will provide a delicious vegetarian lunch on the veranda with beautiful views of Port au Prince.

For registration information please contact Sharona El Saieh El Saieh Gallery, 19 Ave du Chili, Port au Prince elsaiehgallery@yahoo.com/ Tel: 3481-4736

Level: Any 

Class price $150
Materials and lunch on Saturday included

Laurel True is based in New Orleans and Haiti and has maintained a professional studio practice in architectural, public and fine art mosaics for over 20 years through her company, True Mosaics Studio. Her vibrant mosaics can be found in hospitals, parks, hotels, restaurants and in commercial and residential settings around the world.

Laurel teaches and lectures internationally and facilitates community-based mosaic projects through her organization the Global Mosaic Project. She partners with organizations and businesses to create iconic, site-specific works of public art. Laurel began working in Haiti with Art Creation Foundation for Children, where she has an ongoing role as Lead Consultant for the Mosaique Jacmel Project. Laurel is the co-founder of the Institute of Mosaic Art in California and has been teaching mosaic techniques for over 18 years. For more information please visit