" I have taken quite a few classes in many subject areas over my life, and your class was one of the best I’ve ever taken in anything. The class was extremely well-organized and I enjoyed the incredible amount of subject matter packed into five days. You kept the class moving quickly and provided many different activities (i.e. lecture, demonstrations, hands-on work) so that the class was not ever dull. You were able to balance the needs of class members with no prior knowledge of mosaic with those who were much more advanced (a real feat for a teacher…). You have a wickedly funny sense of humor and I much enjoyed your wit during the lectures and comments during class. I mean it – there was not one dull moment in the entire class. Not one moment that I wished I was doing something else, or was thinking of something else. Not one moment that I wanted to pull out my phone and check my email or search the web. Not one moment that I wasn’t anything except one hundred percent engaged in the class. I have also used your advice and instruction in my work after the class – I wish I had more time to practice because your class really inspired me to try new techniques and create new art. Your class was truly extraordinary, and I thank you very much for the experience."
-Dana Edberg, PhD
Associate Professor, Information Systems
University of Nevada, Reno
"Studying the Ravenna Method was incredibly important to my artistic skill-set. As a mostly-self-taught (mosaic) artist, I've generally preferred non-traditional materials and methods. Though I've always enjoying experiencing and studying classical mosaics, I've never been particularly interested in producing one in an ancient style. However, we don't need to make work that literally mimics classical pieces to have the underlying principals, priorities and disciplines influence our own style. Learning this method made me feel even more connected to the traditions of the mosaic craft, as well as increasing my technical proficiency. Studying abroad isn't always feasible and Michael makes the fundamentals very accessible and relevant to a contemporary practice. I would consider a class like this required for anyone committed to a serious mosaic practice."
"I've taken two classes from Michael and in each he has demonstrated an intensity and thoroughness that I greatly appreciate and respect. His preparation of materials for the class is phenomenal. In each class he provided a syllabus that is extremely specific and backs up all of his demonstrations. His teaching manner is very respectful of each student's skill level. He offers help where needed but does not insert himself into the student's piece. I was a teacher for thirty-five years and know what it means to prepare lessons for art projects. Michael surpasses anyone I know with this skill."
Great learning experience with Michael in 5 day Ravenna class at his new studio in Hunters Point Shipyard. We covered so much more than just the Ravenna method, which is quite elaborate in itself. We also covered substrates, multiple direct and indirect methods, the history of mosaics, color valuation, andamento, best products to use, etc. I would highly recommend this class.
"I’ve taken three of Michael’s classes and each has been a great learning experience. Michael skillfully uses his extensive knowledge and technique to give students a solid foundation for growing their own skill sets. Classes are a great blend of lectures, slides, drawing, and demonstrations. Michael’s organization and teaching skills keep the group organized and moving forward, but he also makes ample time for one-on-one coaching and is comfortable with each student heading off in their own creative direction. Michael’s enthusiastic support makes his classes a great way to learn, but also a lot of fun."
-James V. Henry
"Through a fun and well-organized combination of lecture, demo, and hands-on exercises, MK demystifies classical mosaic technique, illuminating its practical relevance, advantages and accessibility. I had a blast in his course, learned so much, and with his patient attention overcame my hesitancy with the hammer and hardie."