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Mosaic Workshop with Daud Akhriev


Tuesday evenings 6-9 pm
February 20, 27, & March 6
Instructor:  Daud Akhriev


THIS CLASS IS FULL. Please contact us to be put on a waiting list.

Tuesday evenings 6-9 pm
February February 20, 27 & March 6
Instructor:  Daud Akhriev

Daud Akhriev will be in Chattanooga, for just a few fleeting months in 2018, so take a class from this prolific artist while you can!
In addition to his paintings and sculptures, over the past few years, Daud has mastered the art of mosaic.  Some of his large-scale public commissions include Baylor School and the chapel at Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga.  In this workshop, students will learn how to design and make their own mosaic on a portable  18 ” x 20″ cement board to take home.  The mosaic method is direct execution (as opposed to the indirect method, which involves upside-down application). The skills in the class will include designing the image, execution of the design on cement board, craftsmanship, color combinations to maximize vibrancy, texture combinations using glass, porcelain and smalti, and ceramic tiles. Students will learn to cut the materials to the desired shape, to make repeatable and irregular shapes, and grouting the image. Daud will describe how he designs and describes his direction in mosaics. The class will include a visit to the artist’s studio to see several original installations in person.

The piece created within the class can be installed into a wall permanently, or hung anywhere: outdoors, indoors, kitchens or bathrooms. The finished piece will be resilient to humidity and weather.

Materials & Supplies:

  • Materials are included in the class fee.  Each student will receive a mosaic kit, including cutting tools, the cement board to receive the mosaic, an assortment of smalti and iridescent glass, and the adhesive materials and grouting materials.
  • Additionally, each student is encouraged to bring broken porcelain, tiles, old semi-precious stone bits and other mosaic-friendly materials for augmenting their composition.
  • Students may also want to bring their own pair of work gloves

About the instructor:

Daud Akhriev was born in the former Soviet Union in 1959.  He studied classical painting and drawing for 14 years, graduating with honors from the Repin Institute (Russian Academy of Fine Art) with a masters degree in fine art, under the tutelage of the late painter and Academic, Piotr Fomin.  In 1991 he emigrated to Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Akhriev, now a U.S. citizen, shares his time between Andalusia, Spain and Chattanooga, Tennessee with his artist wife.

Akhriev is internationally sought after as an instructor for figure and landscape painting and for his monumental work. The Four Seasons, his four 9 foot bronze figures completed for the city of Chattanooga, are listed on the national Public Art Registry. Additional public art includes the Erlanger Chapel Mosaic and the Baylor School Mosaic, as well as murals at the Collegedale Seventh-Day Adventist Church and St. Peter’s Episcopal.

Daud Akhriev, Stylistic Pluralism was published in 2002 by Common Place publishing.  He is also featured in Traditions Rediscovered, the Finley Collection of Russian Art.  Akhriev’s drawings are in several books about the Repin Institute, both in Russian language and in Chinese, and in numerous magazines such as Artists Magazine, Pastel Journal,  Island Journal, Chattanooga Magazine, Southern Living and American Art Collector.  Daud is a Master Signature Member of Oil Painters of America has received numerous awards including 2017 Finalist in Pastel Journal; 2016 Oil Painters of America Silver Medal; and 2016 Plein Air Magazine Grand Prize.  For more visit