Classical mosaic techniques_ an immersion workshop


Saturday and Sunday, January 22 and 23, 2022.

This workshop is designed to give you time to immerse yourself in classical mosaic techniques and to become familiar with the traditional ways of cutting and laying mosaic tesserae.

Suitable for beginners and improvers as well as advanced mosaicists seeking to learn the classical mosaic techniques.

Subjects covered: mosaic substrates; how to cut and glue Winckelmans and vitreous glass tiles; the classical mosaic techniques of shaping and laying tesserae; design principles; andamento or the internal flow of mosaics; how to grout and finish your mosaic.

10:30am to 5pm on both days.

Spaces are limited to five people



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Classical Mosaic Techniques

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

Day One: During this Weekend Immersion Workshop in classical mosaic techniques we will start with a short overview of the various methods, approaches and possibilities of mosaic making. We will then consider the tools, substrates and materials used for mosaics before focusing on the classical mosaic techniqes of the art including the ‘rules’ of laying and andamento, the idea of the internal flow or movement of the tesserae. You will then make a small practice piece to become familiar with these concepts before you begin work on your own 25cm square mosaic using the direct method with glue.

In this workshop we will be using vitreous glass and Winkelman’s unglazed ceramic tiles and you will choose from a selection of pre-prepared templates based on ancient designs or one of your own to which you can apply the same classical ‘rules’.

Day Two: You will continue working on your plaque with the aim of completing your mosaic. The work will need time to dry so the workshop will end with a grouting demonstration and you will take home a small bag of grout and instructions to finish the mosaic at home.

What’s included: Tools and equipment, ceramic and vitreous glass tiles, bases, adhesives and course notes.

What to bring: An apron or big shirt and a shallow box to take your work home. There will be tea, coffee and wrapped biscuits on offer throughout the weekend but due to Covid, it is recommended that you bring your own travel mug.

COVID-19: The number of students will be limited to five in order to ensure Covid-safe distancing. Students will not be required to wear masks but of course you are more than welcome to do so if that makes you feel more comfortable.  In addition, there will be hand sanitiser in the work room and there is a one-way system in the building. If you have any specific questions or concerns about Covid safety, please don’t hesitate to ask.

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