Classical mosaic making is underpinned by the proper use of andamento, the visual flow or direction within a mosaic, produced by the placement of rows of tesserae. It’s an often-forgotten part of the art of mosaic but andamento, along with the use of the Roman rules, is a crucial tool to help you learn how to make harmonious mosaics.
This three day course will give you a chance to take a deep dive into classical mosaic making and find out how to apply the rules to both traditional mosaics and contemporary work. It is suitable for all levels, but participants are advised to learn basic cutting techniques before attending.
The course begins with a short presentation, explaining the ideas that underpin the creation of a mosaic. You will then get familiar with the concept and practice of andamento and how to apply the classical rules through tessellated drawings and by working on several small sample pieces using the reverse method on paper. You will choose from a selection of pre-prepared templates and start your own 20cm square mosaic using glass and ceramic tiles, working directly on Wediboard.
As you build up confidence with the classical techniques, you will explore how these ancient rules are relevant to contemporary mosaics. A second presentation will demonstrate the crossover between the two styles of work and go into greater depth about how to employ other aspects of mosaic, including spacing, cut, colour and tone to create interesting effects. You will complete and grout your first mosaic.
By the end of the course, you will leave with a full understanding of how to harness the ancient rules to make striking mosaic designs. You will also know how to use two key methods for your future mosaic work, with an emphasis on creating mosaics which are suitable for all weather conditions.
Please note, on booking the course, you will be sent a set of classical templates to choose from.
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 – 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 – 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working – students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor’s permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am – 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This the West Dean timetable for short courses. There may be slight variations)