Mosaics introductory

Course Dates: 28/04/21 - 16/06/21
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Vanessa Benson

Develop your creative skills in this classic art form, adhering your materials to a temporary surface before applying the completed section to a flat base or casting it into concrete. Please bring ideas, basic materials provided. All levels welcome.

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What is the course about?

- To develop practical skills in making mosaics using the indirect or double indirect methods
- To develop creative skills associated with making mosaics
- To develop critical awareness in the appropriate use and exploration of materials and styles
- To explore the properties of the medium.

What will we cover?

Your own ideas for content will be encouraged and you will need to bring visual source material or ideas as a starting point. The course will allow for each student to complete a mosaic using the indirect or double indirect methods (other methods will also be covered). The sequential processes will involve the chopping of marble and cutting of glass, ceramic tiles or other matter including recycled material into appropriate shapes, and placing these tesserae onto a temporary surface, before transferring them onto a permanent base or casting them into concrete. We will look at different styles and how to achieve them through the shaping and placing of the tesserae. Themes such as tonal and size values, intermingling of colour and andamento (the coursing of rows of tesserae) will be discussed.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Research and develop ideas for further projects
- Complete a mosaic on your own using the indirect method or double indirect methods
- Describe a range of expressive characteristics in the mosaic idiom
- Create or draw at least 3 different styles in mosaics
- Describe the at times contentious relationship between mosaics and painting in a historical context

More Advanced students will:
- Pursue personal project work in a chosen technique
- Explore more challenging ideas or techniques.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is for beginners or for students who would like to continue exploring the medium.

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 students 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?

There is a ‘Mosaics introductory: Direct method’, or a ’More Mosaics’ course at City Lit offering the opportunity to learn different techniques.


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Sign up! This course is excellent: the teacher's expertise is very good, and the atmosphere in the class is very friendly.
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Review by Tom / (Posted on 11/03/2020)
This is an enjoyable and practical course that allows development of own creative ideas with good supervision and support.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 29/02/2020)
I already recommend it
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 10/02/2020)
This is an excellent and fun course that allows discovery and exploration of mosaic techniques in a helpful and supportive environment, with a knowledgeable and encouraging tutor.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 07/11/2019)
This is a good course, full of info about all aspects of mosaics. The teacher is approachable and knowledgeable. The other students are a friendly bunch
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Review by anonymous / (Posted on 09/06/2019)
Brilliant atmosphere. Fantastic tutor. Other people on the course very friendly and helpful.
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Review by Ann / (Posted on 06/06/2019)
Go for it
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 06/06/2019)
An excellent course with a knowledgable, enthusiastic, encouraging tutor.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 05/06/2019)
It’s great
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Review by Bruno Elorrioroz / (Posted on 05/06/2019)
I would totally recommend it.
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Review by Fiona Drasar / (Posted on 06/03/2019)
You will learn about the different techniques and materials .
The history of mosaics and see examples to inspire and inform your project and support to release your finished piece of work
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Review by Mikki Rain / (Posted on 11/02/2019)
Definitely to do it. Just look at the display of lovely and varied work on display.
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Review by Lizzie R / (Posted on 09/02/2019)
A good introductory course on mosaicing with a very knowledgeable and helpful tutor.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 09/11/2018)
Great course. I highly recommend. The tutor brings out the best in all students.
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Review by Ann / (Posted on 08/03/2017)
Great course. The tutor is very knowledgeable. She helps and allows students to develop their own ideas. I recommend this course very highly and intend to book in again to increase my skills.
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Review by Ann / (Posted on 07/10/2016)
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Course Code: VL364

Wed, day, 28 Apr - 16 Jun '21

Duration: 8 sessions (over 8 weeks)

Full fee: £419.00
Senior fee: £335.00
Concession: £210.00

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