What you will do
Two session course
You will create a mosaic with Smalti using the traditional tools for mosaic, hammer and hardie. You will learn how to cut and shape the specialist Italian hard glass to create a 20x20cm mosaic to take home (other size options are available).
Smalti was used especially during the Byzantine era, ranging from 6th to the 15th centuries, when churches decorated their walls with opulent mosaics featuring mainly icons. Mosaics made during this period can be seen in Italy, especially in Ravenna.
Today smalti is a popular medium for large-scale commissions of contemporary mosaic internationally, yet most of the specialists working in this medium are still only located in Italy. Strengths of smalti are brilliance in colour, diversity of surface effects and durability.
Day 1 (Saturday 10.00-6.00pm)
Introduction on working with Smalti
- Learning how to transfer / draw an image in preparation for creating a mosaic
- How to use Hammer and Hardie as tools to make mosaic
- Practice of cutting smalti (a special type of glass for mosaic)
- The direct method of mosaic making onto wooden board
- How to apply basic techniques of andamento (mosaic flow)
Day 2 (Sunday 10.00-5.00)
- Completing mosaic to take home
The course includes all materials apart from Gold tiles, but these will be available to purchase at our school.
Your tutor: Giulia Vogrig
Giulia worked continuously as mosaic maker in Italy and the UK since Ieaving the renowned Mosaic School in Spilimbergo in 2006. She has worked for established mosaicists such as Gary Drostle, and also developed and consulted on her own commissions nationally and internationally. She recently lead various maker workshops at King's College London, Classics Department. Giulia is the Principal Lecturer on our Diploma in Mosaic Studies.
Select a class time
Sun 7 Jun, 10:00am - 5:00pm
None of the dates work for you? Let the host know and you will be notified when new dates are added.
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About your host, London School of Mosaic
London School of Mosaic is a small independent art school specialising in mosaic art. The school has over 14 years of experience in teaching mosaic art and offers a vast range of unique short courses to suit all levels (i.e. from beginners to advanced). The school also delivers a degree and diploma in Mosaic Studies for those wishing to take their skills to a professional level.
The tutors are second to none and have received training from world-class institutions including the world-renowned Spilimbergo mosaic school.
Flexible cancellation policy
Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.