I will spend this weekend giving Mosaic Lessons, mainly to people that showed an interest at the BEAT Ealing Art Trail. I run lessons on an ad-hoc, request led basis and like to have 3/4 people for the standard lesson. However, I am able to work with larger groups if someone wants a tailor made workshop.
The standard lesson is very much a beginners, basic guide to Mosaic Making. I am not a great one for theory being very much a hands-on, practical person. So we tend to get stuck in straight away with the nuts and bolts of cutting,placing etc.
It is always quite hard to recommend what people should make as their first piece and, to be honest, I still haven’t found the magic answer to that. I generally find that people do tend to be rather over ambitious in their enthusiasm and ideas for a first piece. A friend that came for a beginners lesson bought a picture of Van Gough’s Sunflowers and asked if they would be able to make that in their first lesson – I said “I’ll be really disappointed if you can as I couldn’t and I’ve been doing this for 10 years!” Needless to say, they did make a sunflower but a very, very simplistic version.
I also like to make it clear that a mosaic is it’s own art form and the end result is not going to look like a watercolour painting or a photograph, it is it’s own interpretation. I hope the above does not sound negative but I like to give people a realistic expectation of what they should be able to achieve. The mosaic art form is quite different to what people expect.
I aim for a fun, informative day. I give out lots of information, tips and ideas. It is quite a full on day with a lot to get through. As the lessons are based at my home studio it means I have lots of examples of my work to show as well as all the different styles, tiles and embellishments that I use. People go home at the end of the day quite tired, having learnt a new skill and clutching their prized new piece of home made art.
If you are interested in having a lesson, send me an email and I can send you an Information Sheet with more details.
I am really looking forward to welcoming my ‘students’ this weekend for a great lesson and hopefully some of them may get hooked and end up with a website and Blog of their own, just as I have!
Quote from previous attendee:
“If you are looking for a Basic Mosaic Course for Beginners, Rosanna is your person….she will lead you, very professionally, through everything you need to know to make your first mosaic…… it is a very “full on” day, but at the end of it, you will come away with your own magical personal mosaic” – Linda Edrich
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Having recently done a day’s lesson with Rosanna, I can endorse Linda Edrich’s quote. I’m really pleased with my heart/sunrise and it reflects the light beautifully. You don’t need an artistic bent – it’s impossible to come away with a disappointing mosaic after Rosanna’s expert encouragement.
Thanks Sue, Glad your heart is now sitting in pride of place. It is always encouraging when people are willing and open to try a totally new art form. Glad you enjoyed the lesson and now have a better understanding of mosaics. Keep nipping!