Out of the Blue Abbeymount, 2 Easter Road, Edinburgh EH7 5AN
The course is aimed at beginners and improvers. We will start with a short overview of the various methods, approaches and possibilities of mosaic making before focusing on the techniques of the art including tools, materials, cutting and laying.
After working on a small practice mosaic, each student will prepare a 20cm by 20cm piece of compressed foam board ready to start mosaicking. You will then start making your mosaic using unglazed ceramic and vitreous glass, either using your own design or choosing from a selection of pre-prepared templates.
If you do decide to follow your own design, then please send it to me in advance so that I can check that it would be suitable. It’s worth looking for ideas on Pinterest if you need inspiration. I have boards which focus on contemporary (https://www.pinterest.co.uk/hcm2401/contemporary-mosaics/) and classical designs (https://www.pinterest.co.uk/hcm2401/ancient-mosaics/) which will give you plenty to chew over! Alternatively, I will also have books available at the studio next week to browse through.
Everyone works at their own pace but I anticipate you will complete your first piece by the end of the third week. After that, you will have a choice of different methods and approaches to try out in the remaining five weeks which we can discuss in class. There are plenty of options to choose from – you might have a particular space at home that you would like to mosaic, or you may wish to use certain materials such as broken china or collected items that you want to experiment with.
You don’t need to bring anything with you except an apron or big shirt to keep your clothes clean – all the materials and tools will be provided.
Please ring the buzzer for Studio 4 when you arrive, and I will come and let you in. The class lasts for three hours and there will be tea, coffee and biscuits provided during the session.
What’s included: Tools and equipment, a wide selection of materials from ceramic and vitreous glass to found objects, bases, adhesives, course notes and teas/coffees/biscuits.