Personal Imagery in Mosaics: Lisa Houck

June 25 – July 1

Developing Your Personal Imagery in Mosaics

For Beginner and more Advanced Students  

Lisa Houck will bring her background as a painter and designer to work with students to develop their compositions and personal imagery in mosaics. In this class we will work with Mexican smalti. These tiles are handmade and they have unusual variations of color and texture. Lisa Houck has worked with this medium for her public art installations because it is touchable, durable and groutable, as well as being painterly and subtle in its colors and textures.

This course will provide an in-depth experience with mosaic design and fabrication. Each participant will create an 8” x 8” mosaic with traditional Mexican glass smalti and an assortment of other ceramic and glass tiles. Students will learn to cut the tiles into a variety of shapes and place them to create movement and pattern in their mosaics.Students should bring photos, books, magazines and sketches as inspiration for mosaic designs. Designs should be sized at 8”X 8”.

Lisa Houck studied printmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design, graduating with a BFA in 1975. She joined the Experimental Etching Studio in Boston shortly after graduation, where she taught etching and monoprinting. In 1989, Houck graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/Tufts University with a MFA in painting. Lisa Houck works with color and pattern to create complex, imaginative landscapes. She is inspired by the natural world, and incorporates concepts from astronomy, archeology and biology into her work.

Lisa Houck has shown extensively throughout New England and her work is in numerous corporate and private collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Children’s Hospital, Boston. She created four paintings for a public art project in libraries in Broward County, Florida. She also designed a 22′ long mosaic mural for the Frieda Garcia Park in Boston.

After a 45 year career as an artist in Boston, Lisa moved to Maine in 2020 and her studio is in Cape Elizabeth. She is continuing to work in many different media including oil painting, watercolor, mosaics, ceramics and fiber arts. 

This workshop is currently full. Please contact us if you would like to be added to the waitlist.