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Portraits in Mosaic (Monday evening)

Portraits in Mosaics

Starting 8th October from 6.30pm to 8.30pm for 10 weeks.

All levels welcome. Work with ceramics and vitreous glass, using nippers.

Creating portraits in mosaic is a great way to pay homage to a person of historical importance, an important family member or to celebrate a person in our local community.
Portraiture is a repeating genre in Greek, Byzantine and Roman mosaic including portraits of Emperors, depictions of gods and goddesses, and later on Christian themes. The durability and strength of mosaic created a long-lasting art-form viable for the representation of power, belief and aesthetics.

Learning aims

Students will learn how to systematically design and make a portrait with mosaic tiles, using ceramic and vitreous glass. Thinking about abstraction while at the same time paying attention to detail will enhance the student's ability to make quick and refined artistic decisions. The course delivers technical, design and analytical skills to make a well designed figurative mosaic. 

What students should be able to do at the end of the course:

  1. To understand the techniques and materials of mosaic: cutting tiles, using andamento and lines, working in the indirect method, how to grout a mosaic with this method
  2. To work closely from an image, and how to reproduce it best
  3. To understand the structure and composition of a portrait, and how best to translate this into mosaic

Tutor: Silvie Jacobi

Silvie has worked with our studio for more than 10 years, and has experience of making and teaching figurative mosaic. On our diploma she teaches life drawing and art theoretical context. She holds a BA Fine Art from Wimbledon College of Art, and is also currently completing a PhD in Geography. 

Book and pay:

Price Options

Please send us up to 3 images of portraits you would like to use as template for your mosaic

Payment method: Payments are being made through Paypal - choose the number of places and click on Buy Now. If you don't have a Paypal account, then choose the Credit/Debit Card option. Alternatively you can send a cheque to London School of Mosaic, Ludham Basement, London NW5 4SF.

If you have any problems to make a payment, please call us on 020 7620 6070 (Mon-Fri) or send an email to

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