IMA's Weekly Mosaic Workout Challenge

Institute of Mosaic Art's Weekly Mosaic Workout Challenge. We are challenging ourselves, and whoever wants to join us, to make a mosaic every week from June 6th to November 6th, 2014. 

Seeing things

Here we go!

Before we get into the prompt, a few more notes about how this will all work.  I'm still ironing out all the details,  getting info organized on social media and pages built  (am new to this blogging thing so bear with me - I expect to improve in this area over the next 20 weeks as well) but here's the gist of the WMW Challenge:

  1. Prompts will be posted Friday (aiming to have them up by 12pm Pacific.) 
  2. Submissions are due the following Saturday by 12pm Pacific. So you have a little more than one week to make your mosaic, snap a pic of it and write a few words (see submission guidelines below.) 
  3. I will keep track of our accomplishments. Again, no penalties for missing weeks but potentially some bonuses for sticking with it.  
    • “The dog at my mosaic” clause:  For those participants who “really meant to get it done” but have unavoidable and/or unexpected obstacles, you will still get credit for the week if you send us photos of your work in progress and stories about what you were going to do and/or what went horribly wrong.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Send to by Saturday at 12pm.
  • Subject line should include “WMW” and week # e.g. “WMW – Week 1” 
  • Attach an image (jpeg or gif) - don't worry, professional photographs not expected.
  • Provide the title of the piece (yes, even if you think it's just a hot mess)
  • How long did it take you?
  • A few words on the following: Did you love or hate this workout? Happy with the result? What did you learn?  Or learn that you need to learn?
  • Note: Unless otherwise requested, we will post submissions (with artist attribution) in our gallery and may feature some submissions on the blog throughout the challenge.


And now...the prompt for the week of June 6-June 14th:

Week 1: Found Objects

Laurel Skye warns that mosaic may cause "obsessive hoarding."  I was once helping an artist friend move when I opened a dresser drawer to find it was full of ball bearings...that he had been planning to use in something someday.  Almost all mosaic artists I know are collectors of things that may someday be just the right tessera for a piece. 

Whether as tesserae or a substrate, or however you want to interpret it, incorporate some "found objects" into your piece. For the purpose of this exercise, I'm defining "found objects" as anything that is not expressly made for mosaic. So, it could be a bottle cap you found on the sidewalk or some ball bearings you've had stashed away in your dresser drawer for several years.

I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with!

Questions? Email me at