CMS Student Etty Hasak Tell Us About Her Large Scale Mosaics Workshop with Gary Drostle

February 6, 2018

How/when did you originally find CMS, and what keeps bringing you back?

I first learned of CMS when I visited the SAMA exhibit at Navy Pier. It took me a few more years to visit the school and sign-up to my first class. That was 4 years ago and I never left, taking one class after another, each class adding another layer to my work. The friendly welcoming environment at CMS made me feel at home immediately. The level of education kept me coming back. Each workshop opened another door. Each teacher/visiting artist deepened my knowledge and understanding of mosaics and helped me develop my own voice.

How has this visiting artist workshop you’ve taken informed your practice?

I’ve done large scale mosaic in the past. I wish I took Gary’s class before I did! Gary Drostle is not just a great teacher, he also made learning fun. The amount of information in this workshop can be confusing if not for the way Gary broke it down, step by step, hands-on tackling every possible problem that may or may not occur if you were to do a large scale mosaic, indoor/outdoor, in warm/cold climate, floor/wall mosaic. Although it was a large class, Gary found time to give us all personal guidance. As a bonus we also had a daily informative slide show. This workshop was very professional, informative and fun.

What do you look forward to in your future learnings at CMS?

As part of the CMS Certification program, I probably took almost every class that is offered. However the learning process never ends. I’m looking forward to participate in more visiting artist workshops, whether it is an artist I already know or a new artist to the CMS.

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