What is the course about?
- To develop practical skills in making mosaics using the direct, Indirect or double indirect methods
- To develop creative skills associated with making mosaics
- To develop visual sensitivity with regard to the tactile values and surface texture of mosaics
- To consider the 3 dimensional potential of the direct method, from relief work to sculpture
- To develop greater proficiency in the use of mosaic materials and tools.
What students liked most about this course run in 2015/16:
"Option to work in a totally new way. Exceptional support and guidance from the tutor."
" Great seeing everyone's style and project ideas. Good variety of skills and support."
What will we cover?
The course will allow for each student to work on a personal project using the direct, indirect, or double indirect method. The processes will involve preparing designs based on students’ own ideas and source materials, and developing the work in the chosen method. Emphasis will be placed on improving technical skills and exploring textural and surface qualities. Application onto non-flat surfaces and relief work will be encouraged, bases for these may be bought in or made out of concrete in the class (dimensions limited). Processes for larger projects outside of the classroom such as mosaic murals will be outlined.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Complete a mosaic on your own using the direct, indirect or double indirect methods
- Explore a range of pictorial devices in the mosaic medium
- Demonstrate the process of critical self-appraisal
- Gain competence at processing visual material and generating ideas for further projects.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is ideally for students who have had some experience in making mosaics. However, beginners are also welcome.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, and-outs and for health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Demonstrations, practical work on individual projects, informal group discussions, slides and books, individual tuition, other student’s projects.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
A selection of books on mosaics will be at the students’ disposal during the course. A materials allowance is included in the course fee which will cover most of what is required on the course. Students will be required to bring in their own bases if needed, but may wish to discuss this first in the first lesson in order to make an informed choice (casting in concrete will not require a base). Students who would like to use smalti glass or a fair amount of vitreous tiles (a limited amount of the latter will be available on the course), or other materials, should bring their own.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You are welcome to join mosaics courses again for an opportunity to experiment and develop your skills further, and to build up confidence to take on site-specific projects. If you do not work in other media, you are encouraged to develop your drawing skills for a broader understanding of visual language.