Mosaic decoration – assembling small pieces of glass, ceramic or stone, has been used since ancient times to decorate homes, gardens and places of worship – both inside and out. This workshop, with Katharine Barker as your guide, will introduce you to the key techniques and focus on producing pieces for use or decoration inside the home.
You will create lively and vibrant mosaic pieces inspired by using a range of different tesserae (mosaic tiles) including glass and ceramic tiles.
– Learn the basic techniques needed to create your own mosaics.
– Find out about direct and indirect mosaic techniques and use them to create a small item.
– Use your preferred technique to complete a larger project of your own design.
Please note that grouting of your final piece requires the mosaic design to be dry and firm. You may need to take your piece home to grout (grout provided) in order to ensure you don’t spoil your design.
Please note there is a £15 material charge payable on the day.
Click on the title below to find a list of what you’ll need to bring with you if anything
What to expect
Time at ArtisOn is designed to take you away from it all and provide the environment, the time and the guidance you need to create. You can expect a warm welcome, skilled and friendly tutors plus the chance to meet like-minded people keen to share ideas and experiences. You can even leave us to clear up the mess! There will usually be two workshops going on and we encourage everyone to mingle and be nosey about what the other workshop is up to.
Arrive in time to meet other participants over a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits before beginning your session at the appointed time. There will be a mid-morning break for refreshments and a chance to talk over progress with others. Lunch is usually around 12:45 for about 45 mins – you can expect a homemade 2 course lunch. The main course will be delicious but don’t overdo it as the puds are usually worth waiting for! There will be a further afternoon break with the most wonderful cakes from Roots & Fruits Home Bakery, a North Yorkshire micro-bakery producing handmade bread and cakes. All food and refreshments are included in the price of the workshop.
Finish time is given as a target – there are occasions when the session may overrun so do let us know if you need to be away promptly.
We aim for your day to be a real treat… of course you could always learn a new skill in a shed or a draughty village hall with a curly sandwich, but we want you to have more fun than that! So we make it a day being looked after, with good food, good company and great inspiration!
What you’ll need to bring with you
Everything you need for this workshop will be provided but if you have any of the following, do bring them along:
- old china to break up and incorporate
- surplus ceramic tiles that you like
- old picture frames or mirrors to mosaic around if wish - there will be a selection of items available to use
Please wear old clothes that you don't mind getting messy - we will be working with cement, adhesive and grout.