2020  Workshops at
Hidden Mosaic in Rockwall, Texas

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In Collaboration with the Creative Arts Center of Dallas (CAC)

One Day Workshop:
MakeYour Old Jewelry 
into a Conversational Mini-Orb!

Instructor:Barbara Dybala

Saturday February 29, 2020 | 10:00 AM  5:00 PM

Mini Orb Workshop Discription

Transform your old jewelry and small memorabilia into a be-jeweled mini-orb! All background mosaic glass, orb, glues, are provided. If you are short on jewelry, there will be some available to use.

This will be the fourth year in a row to join forces with the Creative Arts Center in Dallas and offer this favorite and very satisfying workshop at Hidden Mosaic studio in Rockwall County. This project has great entertainment value in sharing jewelry tales with old and new friends. Plus, enjoy your drive into the country and get away from the city. Hidden Mosaic Studio is located on 8-acres in Rockwall County. Tour the property, studio, ponds, and dock. Get inspired. Don’t forget to bring and enjoy your lunch in the Pond-house.

We provide all the background and filler for your project. Sometimes students just do a glass mosaic orb with no jewelry, thats OK too. Then sometimes students have there own special glass they want encorporated into their art work. All good here.

The project:  With Barbara’s guidance, you will design on the fly and learn how to mosaic on a curved base and how to attach it to a table for stability.  Most students finish the orb in one day but if you choose, you may go home with extra supplies to finish at home. 

Some tools are available but we recommend that you purchase and bring your own wheeled glass cutters.

Bring snack/lunch, BYOB. What ever you desire. Be happy and creative.


Mini Workshop: Garden Butterfly

Instructor: Barbara Dybala
Saturday, April 18, 2020  I 10:00AM – 2:00PM and Sunday April 19, 2020 I 11:00AM – 3:00PM

$85. Workshop including a custom metal cut-out butterfly & all mosaic glass

Mini Orb Workshop Discription

Spring is here so get ready for an introduction into the world of mosaic art. Only here at Hidden Mosaic will you find this custom metal butterfly form on which you will mosaic your selected colors and then attaches to a rod for your garden.  Mosaic techniques are easy to learn and we supply the tools, glass and lingo to have fun creating this outdoor garden butterfly.

This workshop is offered twice in the spring so be sure you register for the date of your choice. Pick your date and start your transformation into a mosaic artist.

If you wish, BYOB snack/lunch.


After  teaching around the world Gila is back at Hidden Mosaic…..

Three Day Workshop  

Mosaic Portraiture – MiXeD MaTeRiaLs 

Instructor:Gila Rayberg

 Monday-Wednesday, March 16-18

$450. Includes material


Gila Rayberg's Adventures and Background

Gila Rayberg has received numerous awards for her expressive and whimsical portraits.  In the summer of 2018, Gila was one of 9 mosaic artists from 7 countries, invited to create a mosaic work for a proposed Museum of Contemporary Mosaic Arts to be housed in a renovated ex-convent in Ploaghe Sardinia Italy.  Gila travels extensively around the US & internationally giving workshops, specializing in portraits and the up-cycling of dishes.  Her work has been published in a number of art books.

Gila arrived at the visual arts after a successful career as a freelance musician and educator. Allowing her strong sense of intuition and love of experimentation to guide her, Gila has developed a unique voice in the realm of mosaic portraiture.

After earning her masters degree in music from Arizona State University (1989), Gila moved to San Francisco and quickly became involved with a community of improvisational musicians, composers and artists.

​Pursuing her love of travel, Gila found herself performing & teaching instrumental music at a newly established University in Borneo, East Malaysia. From there, she traveled extensively throughout South East Asia, Hong Kong, China, India, Israel & Egypt, collecting art, textiles, and musical instruments, representative of local cultures.  With each excursion Gila became increasingly fascinated by the indigenous art which surrounded her.

On her return to the United States, Gila landed in New Orleans, spending her first year practicing jazz standards on the street for tips.   She then joined the horn section of Deacon John & the Ivories which kept her gigging steadily until hurricane Katrina hit in 2005.  At that point, Gila turned her focus to creating mosaic art full time.

Mosaic works by Gila can be found in these books:
Portrait Revolution (2017)
Guide to Mosaic Techniques  (2015)
Edible Bits & Pleasing Pieces (2014)
Mosaic Fine Art Portraits (2011)
Breakout! Your Pathway to Success (2011)
Mosaic Renaissance: Millefiori in Mosaics (2009)


Going to SAMA?  May 12 – 17, 2020

American Mosaic Summit – Tucson, AZ

Full Day Workshop: Fragments of Feathered Friends

Instructor: Barbara Dybala

Choice of Two Dates
Wednesday May 13, 2020    I    8:00AM to 5:00PM
or  Thursday May 14, 2020   I   8:00AM to 5:00PM

 Registration for Workshop is through SAMA


Feathered Friends Class Descriptions

In this course, students will select, adapt and create an 8” x 8” mosaic wall fragment of a bird using the Greek reverse cast method… with a few modern twists. The workshop will begin with a short lecture and images of historic Greek bird fragments. Next, Barbara will discuss the ancient Greek style and color pallet. Then, students will select and adapt supplied images. Finally, students will spend the majority of the day creating their mosaics. At the end of the day, students will have a finished mosaic still in its original cast mold, wrapped in plastic, which should fit nicely in their suitcase to take home. This session will be fun for students of any level of mosaic experience, including beginners. It should particularly benefit those who are interested in historical mosaic, style, and those who are interested in techniques for wall decor, walkways and floors. Students should bring wheeled cutters, tweezers and nippers.

After receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of North Texas, Barbara Dybala accepted a designer position with American Airlines where she created magazine designs for their publication department. In 1999, she met then marketing director, Lori Wilkenson of Coca-Cola. Lori asked her to create some unusual mosaic with Coke products. This was the beginning of Barbara’s mosaic art life. After 15 years, Barbara left American Airlines, and has since devoted her creative life to mosaics. Today, Barbara lives her art at Hidden Mosaic in Rockwall, Texas. 

Hope to see all of you at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, May 12 – 17 in Tuscon, Arizona at the American Mosaic Summit

YEA for Judy Ashworth, Organizer Extraordinaire

Private Party 

March 7, 2020  2-4  pm

Registered Students

Come learn, experience, & sleep in the Dragonfly Wing