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Visiting Artist: Traditional Portuguese Tile Painting with Mariana Sampaio
August 21 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Instructor: Visiting Artist Mariana Sampaio
Location: Studio 209
August 20th & 21st 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Two day workshop!
Portugal has a rich history in ceramics, especially their ornate decorative tiles used on building facades and throughout the interiors of homes and businesses. The techniques Mariana will share in this workshop, are inspired by tile panels created in the 16th and 17th centuries, exemplified by the use of majolica, a painterly glazing style predominantly using in shades of blues and whites.
Over the course of two, six hour sessions, you’ll learn about the history of Portuguese traditional blue and white tiles, and the techniques you’ll need to create four traditional styles of Portuguese tile panels. Each short lesson will build upon the last to work up to one piece that includes the two major techniques. This workshop is open to all skill levels, whether you’re new to ceramics, or a seasoned artist interested in experimenting with more painterly glaze techniques for pots, tiles, or ceramic tile murals. Majolica is not as commonly used in the states, so this is a unique opportunity to learn from a classically trained Portuguese artist.
Sliding Scale Registration: $50-400
In celebration of hosting Mariana, we are partnering with our Sonoma Community Kitchen to host a traditional Portuguese Cooking Class the evening of August 19th! Fill your weekend with a deep dive into the traditional Portuguese artistry, in more ways than one!
Mariana Sampaio is a mixed media artist, currently working in ceramics and classically trained in the history and techniques of traditional Portuguese tile painting and majolica. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Fine Arts from the Superior School of Arts and Design of Caldas da Rainha, and studied abroad for six months at the Birmingham Institute of Arts and Design, in Birmingham, England. Born in 1991 in Golegã (Santarém), Portugal, but lives and works in Caldas da Rainha and Lisbon.
Mariana has exhibited her work throughout Europe and South America, and received numerous awards and recognition for her artwork including: Toma Lá Arte award at the S. Ü. N. D. international arts festival in Lisbon; the “International Prize” at the IV International Exhibition Universo Cerâmica in São Paulo, Brazil, for her piece “The Melted Cube”; the Jeune Création Européenne Prize, a biennial prize where only six artists from each participating country are chosen. She represented Portugal in a traveling European exhibition that was shown in France, Holland, Lithuania, Hungary, Italy, Spain, and Portugal. Currently, she produces ceramics full time in her studio, for clients, exhibitions and galleries, while simultaneously teaching studio classes and workshops throughout Portugal. She also teaches classes at CENCAL, Rainha D. Leonor Special Education Center in Caldas da Rainha and AFID Foundation in Lisbon.