Modern Exploration of Ancient Mosaic Practice: Workshop with Debra DSouza

Instructor: Debra DSouza

Date: Saturday, March 9th, 2019

Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Cost: $125 Non-Members, $100 Members + $25 Materials Fee Click Here to get your tickets

Supplies: Mosaic glass and cutting tools provided by the instructor

Suggested Audience: Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced creatives, age 16+

About the Workshop

“One must study and remember the past to be informed for the future.” This workshop is an introduction to traditional mosaic. Students will learn how to use the basic tools and materials of this ancient art form. One such material is Italian Smalti. Smalti is a traditional enameled-glass mosaic material with highly reflective qualities and a wide range of colors. This material has been used for more than one thousand years throughout the world to produce beautiful mosaic artwork. Students will learn to cut and shape Smalti, stone and even gold, to make their own small work of art. Students will work with the “river of Smalti” and make a small color study, inspired by the artwork of Kandinsky. Class will start at 10:00 with a short presentation and then we will begin creating. All supplies, tools and design will be furnished as part of your materials fee.

About the Instructor

Debra DSouza is a lifelong Artist, born and raised in the upper Mid-West. She earned her BFA from the University of Wisconsin- Stout; where she served as assistant director at the Furlong Gallery and Gallery 234 coordinator for 10 years. Prior to this she owned and operated a fine art gallery/frame-shop in Rochester, MN. Her studies encompass many mediums, her passions is glass mosaic. It is often said “She paints with glass.” She recently finished a residency in Belgium and will attend another in Ireland this October. Debra is a member of SAMA (Society of American Mosaic Artists) and the Minnesota Mosaic Guild. Her mosaic art is featured in multiple local, regional and national exhibitions, and is in several permanent collections, including Mayo Clinic, Marshfield Clinic, Health Partners and Stanford University. Her work can be viewed at

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.

HOW TO PAINT UGLY: An Intuitive Approach to Figure Painting (A TWO PART Workshop)

Instructor: Simon Huelsbeck

Dates: Part 1 – Feb. 15, 2019 / Part 2 – Feb 22, 2019

Time: 6 – 8 pm

Cost: $60.00 per person / $40 for members (proceeds benefit RAC) Click here to get tickets.

Supplies: Paint, paper and brushes provided by RAC or bring your own if you prefer. Hors d’oeuvre and wine provided

Suggested Audience: age 16+

About the 2 Part Workshop: HOW TO PAINT UGLY

This two part workshop will introduce important and global approaches to painting the figure that participants can choose to try or not- these four hours are not about making people expert painters. Participants will be responding to one of the most interesting visual subjects, the human form, with color and paint. This is not a workshop that requires any background or skills with painting. The live model will be in a bathing suit and have a large colorful inflatable pool float. Attendance is required for both parts, Feb. 15, 2019 and Feb. 22, 2019. Your registration fee covers both nights!

About the Instructor:

Simon Huelsbeck received his BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1997. He received his MFA form the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in 2002. Since receiving his MFA, Huelsbeck has been featured in galleries and institutions throughout region and the country. He is the recipient of the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, MN State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, and a SEMAC grant. He lives with his wife and two children in Rochester, Minnesota. He teaches painting and drawing at the Rochester Community and Technical College.