My Classical Mosaic Techniques and Two-Day Mosaic Abstract workshops will be held consecutively with a fifth day to choose either method and delve deeper into it, by either pushing yourself to discover alternative ways to use your preferred method or refining your new skills by having more time to practice.
At first glance these two approaches to mosaics could not be more different. One uses flat, specialist mosaic materials to create work based on the ancient techniques of mosaic making. The completed piece is then grouted.
The other method uses found and repurposed materials, which can be as disparate as a old bath plug and single use plastics, to create abstract mosaics which are set into tile adhesive/thinset and do not require grouting.
In fact, however, there is a lot of cross over between the two methods, not least in the decision making surrounding the planning of the mosaics (both rely on tonal value, spacing and contrast for successful outcomes) and on the application of andamento – a crucial concept of mosaic making which applies equally to ancient and contemporary work.
This ‘two in five’ mosaic workshop gives you time to understand the principles that underly the making of mosaics and to use them in your own work, whether you are a traditionalist that wants to immerse yourself in the classical style or someone interested in pushing the boundaries of the medium.