Roman Mosaic Direct method - Weekend course
For beginners and improvers . Work with hammer and hardie using marble and natural stones.
A ‘hands on’ approach to learning about Roman mosaics.During this course you will be able to make your own mosaic, choosing from one of several designs all taken from original Roman mosaic borders. You will be taught how to use the mosaic hammer and hardie to cut down stone and marble and learn how to lay the tesserae into your chosen design. A wide range of stone and marble will be available for you to choose from.When the laying of your mosaic is complete you will then grout and clean it .By the end of the course you will have made an authentic Roman mosaic, learnt basic mosaic skills using the direct method and although the emphasis will be on making , there will also be an opportunity to gain some knowledge of the history of Roman mosaics.
DAY 1 (Friday 6.30-8.30pm)
- Short introduction to Roman mosaic making
- How to use the hammer and hardie to cut down stone and marble tesserae.
- How to use tile nippers to shape and trim material.
- How to form a curve.
- Choosing your design.
DAY 2 (Saturday 10.00-6.00pm):
- Drawing out your design onto board.
- Cutting and laying your mosaic tesserae into your chosen design.
DAY 3 (Sunday 10.00-4.00)
- Finish laying your mosaic.
- Grouting, cleaning and edging your mosaic.
- Talk/ discussion on the history of mosaics and the characteristics inherent in Roman mosaics.
- Planning your next mosaic, feedback on the course.
Tutor: Catherine Parkinson
Catherine Parkinson is a freelance mosaic artist. She has been working in the mosaic medium for 22 years. Her original training was in textiles: she has a degree in hand embroidery, with secondary study in drawing and painting from Manchester Metropolitan University. She currently teaches mosaic part-time in adult education. She has worked with community groups, schools and in mental health facilitating the making and installation of publicly sited mosaics. She has undertaken private mosaic commissions for walls and floors.
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