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Bonnie Fitzgerald


Bonnie Fitzgerald is an artist, educator, and author. She joined the Smithsonian Studio Arts Program in 2014. Guiding art enthusiasts on the journey to discover and develop their own personal artistic voice through the art of mosaics, sculpture, and travel is her driving purpose.

Dedicated to furthering the art of mosaic education, Bonnie has authored two best-selling books, 300+ Mosaic Tips, Techniques, Templates and Trade Secrets and Bonnie Fitzgerald's Guide to Mosaic Technique. Both books are the result of Bonnie's expertise and collaboration with other artists over the past 20 years. 300+ Tips has been translated into five languages.

Since its launch 7 years ago Bonnie's Make it Mosaics YouTube Channel has made mosaic-making assessable to over 30,000 subscribers. As a means to reach an even broader audience Bonnie developed, an online learning center designed for anyone interested in teaching mosaics, leading community projects or sharing the art form with any audience, from kids to seniors.

Bonnie is a graduate of New College in Sarasota, Florida where her focus of study was monumental sculpture. She first learned of the art of mosaics while an undergraduate and received her first mosaic art-work commission while still a college student.

Bonnie's studio is located in Oakton, Virginia and many of her architectural installations are located in the Northern Virginia and Washington DC metro areas.

Teaching Philosophy

Bonnie's joys are to expand the community of mosaic art and artists, and expose her students to the styles and techniques of mosaic art and artists from around the world. In addition to classical mosaic technique, her instruction spans a host of contemporary mosaic art disciplines including concept and design development, material and tool selection, and proper techniques for fabrication and installation. Bonnie teaches at locations in the United States and Mexico, and leads European art-filled adventures and workshops.

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