Everything Colour: MOSAICS with Erin Pankratz - April 6 & 7th 2019

Regular price $375.00 Sale

Erin Pankratz has gained herself a spot in the contemporary art world with her colourful and highly textured pieces and innovative use of non traditional materials; tinted mortar, mesh and hard materials. Her work represents an original intersection between painting, sculpture, and mosaics.

In this workshop, Erin will teach how to build mortar/mesh substrates from scratch and how to properly mix tinted mortars with liquid and dry pigments. She will show the different ways to work with tinted mortar in order to create stunning textured backgrounds, and how to use them as a decorative adhesive as well. Erin will also teach her signature technique for making colourful layered "dots".

Students will create 2 separate abstract 9" x 12" pieces exploring the multitude of ways that tinted mortar can be used. Using a variety of tesserae (little cubes and sticks made out of glass and porcelain), participants will have the opportunity to see how subtle colour changes and textures create depth and visual interest with their mortar under-painted substrates.

The key objective of this course is to think about using the substrate, adhesive, and tesserae as equal partners in the overall design of a piece; using mortar as a major player in the design and not just in a supporting role.

This workshop is aimed at painters, sculptors, and mosaic artists who want to enhance the possibilities of their medium.

Date:   April 6 & 7th 2019
Time:  10:00 - 4:00pm
Cost:   $375 (includes supplies)

Workshop Location:

Ellis Art Studios
1021 Ellis Street
Kelowna, BC V1Y 1Z3

You can secure your spot by purchasing this workshop online or by signing up via email or telephone at director@ellisartstudios.ca | 250.300.4668 

Refund & Cancellation Policy:
You may withdraw 8 weeks prior to the workshop start date and receive a full refund. No refunds will be allowed after this date.



Erin Pankratz-Smith attended the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School from 1992-1994, even having the opportunity to tour with the company, but at the age of 20 she found it was no longer her dream and left for art school. She attended Alberta College of Art and Design from 1995 to the end of 1996 in the Sculpture Department until giving birth to her first son.

In 1998 she began to explore mosaics as a way to fulfill her need to make art. After spending a decade developing her mosaic skill and helping others to gain experience in the medium, she decided to become fully professional in 2011.

Shortly thereafter she received her first public art commission, a large mural in the US departures area at the Edmonton International Airport. In just 3.5 short months she created the 436sf mosaic mural Everything Flows, Nothing Stands Still, which captures the changeability of Edmonton through the seasons. The mural was installed at the end of 2011, and has since had over a million viewers per year.

In 2013 Erin was one of 15 artists (from North and South America) invited to contribute works to the innovative, site-responsive conceptual exhibition Transposition: An Ancient Medium in a Contemporary World at Inscape Arts, in Seattle. In 2013 and 2016 she received the Innovation in Mosaic award for the juried show- Mosaic Arts International. Erin exhibited her first solo show at Enterprise Galleries in downtown Edmonton, part of the University of Alberta Museum Galleries from August to October of 2015. She has since shown in Italy, France, Japan, and Argentina.

With the artistic and project management skills she has developed over the past decade and she has worked on the creation of numerous and varied projects.  Erin has attended two International Mosaic Symposiums in Italy as one of the 10 invited International mosaic artists, as well Sardinia in August of 2016, and northern Italy in 2017. She designed and collaborated on an exterior mural in Brazil and has worked with the ATB on 2 mosaic projects with participatory elements. Her residential commissions include a hand-cut limestone floor in Edmonton, and a full mosaic powder room in Hawaii.

Most recently the Edmonton Arts Council announced that she received a large exterior public art commission that was an International Public Art Call for the Valley Line LRT. Of the 14 projects on the transit line, she is the only Alberta artist to receive one of the International Art Calls. Erin has received another public art commission with her colleague Karen Klassen, for a mosaic bench wall in Dermott Park for the city of Edmonton that was installed this summer.