Mosaic: All Levels

Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 201 Conc £79 Full £449 * Enrol online for standard fee payers only

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Thursday 13:00 - 16:00 11 MAC 19/09/2019 05/12/2019 AS1800
Thursday 13:00 - 16:00 11 MAC 09/01/2020 26/03/2020 AS2800
Thursday 13:00 - 16:00 11 MAC 23/04/2020 09/07/2020 AS3800

What will the course cover?

Students new to mosaic will begin by making a small mosaic coaster. This will involve transferring a simple design onto board, using tile nippers to cut vitreous glass tile into a variety of shapes, how to make a curve and through the use of ‘andamento’, (the different ways of laying down shaped tesserae) explore the expressive possibilities of the mosaic medium. You will learn how to stick down your mosaic tesserae into your chosen design, using the ‘direct method’ and finally grout, polish and finish your mosaic. Heath and safety issues will be addressed as part of this introductory project. Those who have completed this project and the students who join the course with some mosaic experience will then be able to learn about alternative methods of mosaic making including the ‘indirect method’, ‘double indirect method’ and working directly into tile adhesive. This will enable you to embark on a more ambitious project and use a wider range of materials such as stone, marble, china and ceramic and found materials. The use of the mosaic hammer and hardie to cut down stone and marble will be taught at this stage.

Who is the course for?

Anyone who would like to learn about mosaic, both beginners and the more experienced mosaicist.

What skills, knowledge or experience do I need to start this course?

No prior experience is needed, only a keen desire to learn the beautiful art of mosaics.

What should I be able to do by the end of the course?

Cut, shape, stick down and grout a mosaic. Be acquainted with the various methods of making mosaics and the appropriate use of these methods. Through the study of ‘andamento’ ,lay down mosaic tesserae to best effect. Know how to cut down and use a wide range of mosaic materials. Gain a basic knowledge of mosaic history and contemporary practice.

How is the course organised?

The course will begin with a group introduction to mosaics led by the tutor. Thereafter individual tuition will be given as students proceed with their chosen projects. Detailed hand -outs and a good selection of mosaic books will be available and examples shown of the various mosaic techniques. During the course a series of short talks will be given by the tutor to the whole group on: mosaic history and contemporary practice, the use of sketchbooks for design inspiration, the affect of grout colour on your mosaic, mosaic materials and the appropriate use of them.

What extra study or practice is expected outside of the class?

Students will be encouraged to keep a sketchbook book in which they can record their progress on the course and accumulate ideas and inspiration for future mosaic projects.

How will my progress be assessed?

Progress is assessed through discussing the work individually and in groups and recorded in your Individual Learning Plan and Learning Journal, sketchbook or folder.

What can I expect to go on to after this course?

The work produced on this course could contribute to and add a new dimension to a portfolio of work for submission to enter higher education. The student would also have the skills and knowledge to be able to continue individually if desired.

Are there any other costs and what do I need to bring?

All necessary equipment is provided. The mosaic materials for the initial sample tile will be provided with a good range of vitreous glass tiles to choose from . Materials for the subsequent projects will be brought in by the student. The tutor will advise on where to purchase mosaic materials.

What support is available?

Help with literacy or numeracy is available through the basic education programme and the ESOL programme offers help for speakers of other languages. Additional support can be provided for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. Details of all available support can be found on our website (, in the Guide and the Student handbook, or from teaching or Reception staff.