CMS Student Eugenia Sherman Brown Tells Us About Her Color Theory Workshop with Carolina Zanelli

December 19, 2017

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

Not long after CMS opened in 2005, I enrolled in a 4-day “Intro to Smalti” taught by the amazing Karen Ami. Karen ran the school in a small building on Ashland Ave. There were five student desks with good lighting, supplies and instruction. I’ve come back more times that I can count!

#1 reason to return (no question): The quality of the teaching!

CMS instructors, both on staff and visiting artists, hold to high standards of mosaic practice. They impart their skills and experience with generosity and care for student education and development.

#2 social climate. CMS is friendly. The welcoming attitude from teachers, staff and other students is crucial to learning and retention. I felt received and accepted as a beginner, and I feel the same today.

 How have the classes and workshops you’ve taken informed your practice?

Profoundly. The vast majority of my mosaic education came via CMS workshops and experiences. Every class/workshop has been beneficial. After most workshops I incorporate the new skills/ideas into my own work. Occasionally, I simply take the learning, but my own work moves in other directions. I find it quite valuable to study the wide variety of mosaic art forms, even if some of those skills are not a mesh with my artistic trajectory.

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

 CMS offers students abundant opportunities to learn. The more dedicated the student, the better the results. It was (and is) necessary for me to put work into the educational process (both in class and in my home studio). I cannot always identify immediate results, but across time the growth in my mosaic practice is marked…..and quite satisfying.

 It is crucial for me to remain open to innovation in mosaic art. I am confident that in future workshops, I will have the opportunity to explore (1) creative use of materials, (2) experimentation in design, (3) innovative methods of substrate creation, and (4) professional development as a working artist. But more specifically, I want to improve my practice with more instruction in sculptural forms, Design II, and maybe more effective use of stones.


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