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Tue, Feb 06


Florida Maritime Museum

2/6 Sailor Valentine

The sailors’ valentine legend began in the 1800s. A sailor used his collection of seashells to create a mosaic to gift his loved one when he returned home. In this beginner level class, students will create their own shell mosaic valentine and gain the skills to creature future artwork at home.

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2/6 Sailor Valentine
2/6 Sailor Valentine

Time & Location

Feb 06, 2024, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St W, Cortez, FL 34215, USA


About the event

The sailors’ valentine legend began in the 1800s when a sailor decided to use his collection of seashells to create a mosaic. As the story goes, he found an eight-sided compass case and, using dark and light shells, wrote “To My Valentine.” When the sailor returned home from his voyage, he presented his gift to his love. These romantic creations encompass the spirit of love and devotion for those we hold dear. 

In this class, students will learn the step-by-step process of creating a sailor’s valentine, as well as a shell flower to incorporate into the design. This is a beginner level shell mosaic class and is designed to give students a basic understanding of design, tools, and materials. Students will take home their own sailor’s valentine and be able to incorporate what they have learned to create more intricate mosaic designs on their own. 

All supplies are included, but you may bring a brooch or large shell to use as a centerpiece for your design if you like. Wear clothes and shoes that can get dirty—this is a hands-on class!

Instructor: JoAnn Mancuso

This class is mostly intended for adult learners, but older children who are able to successfully follow directions and safely complete the activity without disturbing the experience of other students are welcome. Please contact with any questions. Minors may NOT be left unattended. 

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