Exploring Mosaic Methods

Ref: C2339719

There are several methods on offer to a mosaic artist, namely, the direct and indirect methods and the mesh method. As a group we will also look at ancient methods and other less widely used methods. The aim is to be familiar with each method so to enable you, the student to apply the appropriate method to your chosen project. You will have a wide range of materials to use in your mosaic and will be shown how to use the cutting tools.

Course aim

To provide an introduction to the various methods used when making mosaics and to create projects using these methods.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Please be aware this course is run in a room on the first floor, the building has no lift.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Understand the Direct method, the indirect method and the mesh method
  • Know how to apply and be able to undertake the appropriate method to your particular project
  • Be knowledgeable of other methods that have been used in the history of mosaic making.
  • Know how to use the cutting tools and be able to choose suitable materials for your chosen method and design.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Exploring Mosaic Methods


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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
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