MERIDEN — Gallery 53 is preparing to offer mosaic-based art classes to the community.
“I fell in love with mosaics several years ago,” said Christine Webster, president of the Gallery 53 board of directors. “I used to teach it in town here, and now I’m teaching it to adults.”
The classes begin next month with beginner and advanced levels. Participants will learn to cut glass pieces and place them on outlines of any design they choose.
“They do a variety of projects,” Webster said.
The gallery is currently working on covering the back of the building, which faces the new Meriden train station and the Meriden Green, with mosaics.
“We have more foot traffic than ever, people are discovering us which is very nice,” Webster said of the downtown revitalization. “Just people walking the street seeing whatever beautiful things are in our front window.”
Gallery 53, , located 53 Colony St., previously created a nearly 12-foot mosaic dragon, which is now displayed on the back stairs. A few other mosaic pieces hang nearby, including a creation by Maloney High School students.
The front of the building features a long vertical mosaic with flowers against a background of different shades of blue.
Several of the outdoor displays feature pieces of mirrored glass within the image to reflect sunlight.
The process to begin a mosaic starts by outlining a design in pencil or marker, then cutting pieces of colored glass and applying them to the drawing with glue. Silicone-based adhesive is sometimes used for outdoor pieces to better protect them from the elements.
Grout is spread on top of the artwork, which is similar to tiling.
Mosaics can be done to jazz up a table, decorate a tray or create hanging art.
“We do get requests,” Webster said of the class offerings.
Besides mosaics, Gallery 53 will host classes like drawing and hand building with clay through Meriden Adult Education.
“They’re definitely popular,” said Linda Reig, in charge of sign ups and the course catalogue at Meriden Adult Ed. “They fill up pretty quick.”
Webster is hoping people are interested in learning unique art forms like mosaics.
“They’re a lot of fun, they’re virtually fail free,” she said.
For more information, call 203-235-5347.