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Courses

Here's a list of forthcoming courses in the UK and abroad.  I am providing this directory as a service;  every effort is made to  ensure that the content is accurate, but  you should check final details on the course providers' own websites (most listings include a link).  I am unable to vet the course providers and take no responsibility for the quality of courses.
 
The London School of Mosaic is the only independent art school in the UK that specialises in teaching mosaic art. The school delivers specialist short courses, technical workshops and a Diploma in Mosaic Studies.  It was founded as a social enterprise and continues to work to bring together world-class mosaicists with different communities, improving neighbourhoods and transforming the public realm for all to enjoy. 
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Private mosaic lessons in Edinburgh

with Helen Miles

Various dates

Bespoke timing

from £40

Prices start from £40 a hour for a one to one class but vary according to the length of class, materials and how many people attend.
Workshops can be tailored to suit different age groups, abilities and creative targets, so you could book an amazing material for friends, family or colleagues. Get in touch with Helen to discuss the possibilities: helenmilesmosaics@gmail.com

LOCATION: Out of the Blue Abbeymount Studios, 2 Easter Road, Edinburgh EH7 5AN

Short courses in South East London

with Gary Drostle

Various dates

One-day or weekend courses

£95 to £190

One of the most inventive mosaicists around, Gary is also a brilliant teacher. As well as expert tuition, you'll be able to use the amazing resources of his lakeside studio.

LOCATION: Gary's studio in South East London

Various techniques mosaic course

with the London School of Mosaic

Starts January 2024

Various options: 10-weeks, 5 weeks, 1 week

£295

A 30-hour mosaic course for beginners and students with some experience of mosaic making who would like to expand their practice and learn a different technique. Students will work on their own individual project, emphasis will be placed on a personal approach to your design.You will be able to make a mosaic choosing from one of the following techniques: direct, indirect, double indirect (into plastercine) or direct into tile adhesive. Cutting and shaping material with tile nippers will be taught, including how to form a curve. Use of the mosaic hammer and hardie to cut down stone and marble will also be covered. You will be able to explore the expressive possibilities of mosaic in your use of ‘andamento’ (different ways of laying down your mosaic tesserae to create different effects).

LOCATION: London School of Mosaic, Mansfield Road, London, NW3 2HP

Pebble mosaic workshop

with David James of Olicana Mosaics

Various dates

One-day course

£265

David will take you through all the steps involved in creating a square or circular or shell shaped pebble mosaic measuring 45cm/18inch square or in diameter. This will weigh about 20kg (45 lb). Time is given to discussing materials, methods, tools and techniques as dictated by your interests. David's wife, Caroline, who is a designer and mosaicist will be on hand to offer support. Classes are usually limited to 4 people, so that everyone gets the best out of the day. Once completed, your pebble mosaic will be cast and can be collected at a later date once it has cured. Tools and materials are included in the cost. Hot and cold drinks will be provided, just bring your lunch. Please contact David for next available dates: 07980 086266, mail@olicanamosaics.co.uk

LOCATION: Olicana Mosaics, Middleton Road, Ilkley, LS29 9EX

The history of modern mosaic

with Tessa Hunkin

Online course

9 lectures, 4hrs 20mins total

£94.99

Tessa Hunkin is a renowned British mosaicist who is also a brilliant writer and insightful commentator on mosaic history. In this excellent course Tessa gives you a detailed overview of the history of mosaic in the 20th century with examples spanning Europe, America and the Soviet Republics. Students will discover little-known mosaics and see how the art form has had rather different roles in public arenas around the world.
Tessa will also introduce the key players in the modern history of mosaic and discuss how to identify the different aesthetic qualities of numerous public mosaic works.

Online course

Classical mosaic techniques: an immersion workshop

with Helen Miles

Sat 15th to Sun 16th June 2024

10:30am to 5:30pm

£220

This workshop allows you to immerse yourself in classical mosaic techniques and to become familiar with the traditional ways of cutting and laying mosaic tesserae. Limited to six people so that you get the best out of your course. Suitable for beginners and improvers as well as advanced mosaicists seeking to learn the classical mosaic techniques.

LOCATION: Out of the Blue Abbeymount Studios, 2 Easter Road, Edinburgh EH7 5AN

Ancient principles to contemporary art: the Roman rules

with Helen Miles

Online course

9 lessons

£75

A mosaic workshop in nine pre-recorded lessons, this is an online version of Helen's weekend workshop in Classical Mosaic Technqiues - but with the extra advantage of you being able to watch it again and again and work at your own pace.
Designed to be useful for people who are new to the art of mosaic as well as for more seasoned mosaicists. As you work through the lessons, you will be taken through the stages of designing and building a mosaic. The classical mosaic ‘rules’ are explained and then demonstrated with an overhead camera as we work together on the bird design. Advice will be given on sourcing supplies and you will also be given access to a private Facebook group where you can post photos of your mosaic, ask questions, and get feedback.

Online course

Portraits in mosaic

with the London School of Mosaic

Starts Monday 8th January 2024

Ten Mondays, 8th Jan to 18th March, 10am to 12:30pm

£360

Creating portraits in mosaic is a great way to celebrate a person of historical importance, an important family member or to recognise the achievements of a person in your local community. Portraiture in mosaic has a long history rooted in Roman and Byzantine mosaic with portraits of emperors, gods and icons being made in mosaic. Students on this course will learn how to design and make a portrait in mosaic at A4 size, using ceramic and vitreous glass. As we are working with tiles as opposed to pen or paint brush, students are taught how to abstract and make intuitive aesthetic decisions. The course delivers technical, design and analytical skills for you to excel in creating figurative mosaic.

LOCATION: London School of Mosaic, Mansfield Road, London, NW3 2HP

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