Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens offers monthly outdoor workshops with the creator of PMG, Isaiah Zagar! In the span of a weekend, participants work on a mosaic mural from conception to completion, and learn the art of breaking tile, cutting mirror, gluing tile and grouting.
While learning the Zagar mosaic-making technique, students participate in the beautification of local Philadelphia neighborhoods through the completion of a permanent, public mosaic mural. Mosaic Mural Workshops run from April through October. All materials will be provided. Participants must be at least 18 years of age.
Check back for 2018 workshop dates!
First-time Participants: $350
PMG Members: $300
Workshop Alumni: $200
Educators can apply to receive teacher scholarships for the workshops. Please note that this application process is competitive and only one scholarship is granted per workshop. Educators must be members of PMG to apply. Apply here!
Information for Workshop Participants
Workshops take place over an entire weekend, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM rain or shine. Once registration is complete participants will receive information on where to meet for their workshop.
For workshop participants, comfortable work clothing and a bottle of water is recommended. Please bring an apron. There are many nearby places to buy lunch or you may bring one.
To learn the whole process from the comfort of your own home, buy PMG’s instructional video and booklet.
Refunds and Cancellations
Participants enrolled in a workshop may cancel their registration for a full refund up to two weeks in advance of their workshop date. Participants may reschedule for another workshop within the same calendar year up to 72 hours in advance of the workshop date. Participants may not receive a refund or reschedule with less than 72 hours advance notice. A minimum of five participants are required for the workshops to run.
Recommended Lodging & Accommodations
Donate a wall to a Mosaic Workshop!
PMG is always looking for blank public walls in the South Street neighborhood to become canvases for these workshops. If you’ve always dreamed of having a Zagar mosaic mural on one of your public walls, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (215) 733-0390.
Walls must be:
- Accessible to the public
- Not in danger of being destroyed
- Made of unpainted masonry (cinder blocks, bricks, stucco), not wood
- Nearby PMG or Isaiah Zagar’s warehouse at 10th & Watkins Streets
Workshop participants and Zagar must have access to a bathroom. Murals built during a workshop are of no cost to the owner of the property unless the wall needs preparation for a mosaic. The mural will be designed by Isaiah Zagar and executed by Zagar and his students on a Saturday and Sunday.
Quotations from Previous Workshop Participants
“Isaiah was just great – an enthusiastic teacher and wonderful storyteller. I have admired his murals for many years and was glad I could finally attend one of his workshops.”
-Liz Helling, June 2006, Sartain St.
“As a non-artist, it was powerful to learn that the creation of a work of art can be organic. I learned that I don’t have to conceptualize the entire piece before working on it, but can pull tile from buckets without intentionally choosing each piece to create something cohesive at the end.”
-Kate Douglas, July 2008, 10th and Montrose St.
“My husband and I had such a great experience with Isaiah. We have both done murals at our schools since the workshop. I did a mural with my students and they loved it!”
-Merenda Woodward, July 2007, Medina St.