John Sollinger - Solly
Solly has never received formal art education or training, yet he successfully expresses his artistic vision through the laying of glass pieces with direction only from is muses. He strives to create works that attract a viewer’s attention through structured compositions and bold colors and then capture their imagination by rendering native landscapes, which are interwoven with environmental messages for those who dwell longer and look deeper.
He claims the untamed forest as his most influential muse. Observational biology molded his visual vocabulary, and viewers see that in the attention he pays to detailed light effects. But viewers see the art in his heart in his creation of illusions of space through the coalescence of pattern from chaotically laid glass pieces.
Thus far Solly has produced a small body of works, for his later works are months in the making and he is a full-time university professor. However, his works have taken him far and wide. His works have earned numerous awards, including Best in Show at Mosaic Art International 2010 (the first exhibit to which he ever applied) and 3rd place in The Artists’ Magazine still life and floral category.
His works have hung in online and brick-and-mortar galleries and museums across the U.S., Italy, and Turkey, where one of his mosaics has joined the permanent collection of contemporary mosaics of the Zeugma Mosaic Museum in Gaziantep. In 2013 he was awarded an artist residency in Crater Lake National Park. To learn more about Solly and view his mosaics, visit http://roguemosaics.com.
Course title: "From Chaos to Realism"
Course Dates: August 12-14, 2016
Course cost: $425
Maximum number of students 10 Minimum 8
Refund Policy: Full refund up to 30 days prior to workshop; ½ refund 21 days prior to workshop; no refund less than 21 days prior to workshop
Course description: Join Solly in a 3-day workshop (9 am-noon, 1-4 pm with lunch break on own), exploring the use of Opus palladianum (no apparent pattern) and his signature fluid double reverse technique to create realism in an interior wall hanging (to be framed and grouted, if desired, on own at home).
Solly will work with students through creative blocks and advise how to deal with difficult or troublesome areas. We will discuss topics, such as hue in context and the importance of tonal contrast , tesserae size and shape variation and letting the work take on a life of its own.
Plenty of information and demonstrate techniques will be provided, such as glass cutting, for working with stained glass in one-on-one and group instruction. Students will create a 12 x 12 inch mosaic to take home. All levels welcome.
Material fee: $60, to be paid directly to the instructor at the beginning of class
Materials Students need to bring: 2-wheeled glass-cutters, tweezers, glass scorer, safety glasses and apron or old clothing
All other materials will be provided.