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Introduction to Mosaics: Indirect Method (Monday evening)

Introduction to Mosaics: Indirect Method

Monday evenings 6:00-8:30pm for 6 weeks, starting on 2nd Sept

For all levels. Beginners and improvers are welcome! Work with ceramics and vitreous glass, using nippers.

Make a stunning mosaic out of a mosaic template, your original design or photograph whilst learning a variety of styles and techniques. You will learn the basics of mosaic making using the indirect method (mirror-reversed onto paper) and exploring the rules of mosaic. This technique is used for large public installations, where you work in the studio in preparation for a site installation. 

On this course you will complete a mosaic of 20cm x 20cm which is a good size to learn all skills involved in the indirect method and complete your piece on time. 

We have a large range of tiles in many colours, including recycled materials. You are also welcome to bring in your own found objects or tiles to use. You do not need to be especially good at drawing for this course as full tuition and help is available.

Participants from all levels of skill are also welcome to join this course and practice their mosaic making skills at our well equipped studio, and receive technical advice from our mosaicist tutors. 

This course covers

  • The indirect method of mosaic making mosaic onto paper

  • How to interpret and transform a photograph or drawing into a mosaic

  • How to work with nippers to cut mosaics

  • Work with ceramic and vitreous glass tiles

  • How to apply basic techniques of andamento (mosaic flow) into your work.

  • How to prepare a base, turn, grout and clean your mosaic

Below you can see some of our previous students’ work:

Tutor: Alex McHallam

Alex McHallam is a mosaic maker and has been running classes and workshops for the last eight years. She is passionate about mosaics and encouraging people to tap into their creativity.  She is currently studying for a MA in Contemporary Craft at the University of Hertfordshire and is Chair of the British Association for Modern Mosaics.  When not making mosaics, Alex is a garden designer specialising in plants and planting.

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