Y3 Tackle Roman Mosaic Techniques
It was the first day back after half term and the energy in the school was palpable. To enrich their topic about The Romans, I was there to work with the Y3 pupils to help them each make their own mosaic.
We kicked off with a brief slide presentation to introduce the history of mosaic making and how it was adopted and progressed by The Romans for their villa floors. Then we examined a marble mosaic that I made last year, observing the use of specific shapes, ie. ‘keystones’ to form curved lines for lettering and triangles where a diagonal line meets a horizontal line.
detail from “The Girl Who Fought For Education”, Tracey Cartledge, 2016
In preparation for the day, the youngsters had already planned their designs using a limited palette of black, white, green and red – the colours of our marble. They had also had some fun making printed mosaics with square dowels. Finally, they could now get their hands on the authentic material and they were raring to go…
I’m sure you will be as impressed as I was to see how rapidly these bright pupils applied so much fresh knowledge to their own work to create these mosaics in not much more than one hour…
At the end of the school day I showed the class teacher and TA how to grout the mosaics and left them a big bag of grout and tips on cleaning and waxing afterwards. I’ll post some pictures of the final results once they’re all complete.
This workshop was booked from my website, where there are also kits available for class mosaic projects.
We love receiving visitors at Last Loft Studios in Manchester. It is an opportunity to share the fondness we have for our working environment at Talbot Mill and our respect, admiration and affection for our fellow artisans.
Even better are the occasions when visitors attend a weekend workshop to spend a joyful day with us exploring creative possibilities using the techniques that we can teach and share.
This Saturday, we had the pleasure to welcome five wonderful women into our studios, each bringing their own talents, experience and ideas to the table as we worked together to make glass-on-glass mosaic mandalas.
Caroline Channing – our resident glass expert – kicked off the day to a fine start with a meticulous demonstration of glass cutting techniques and a clear explanation of which tools to use for each purpose and how and why each specific method works. The group then practised and fairly quickly mastered the basic skills required for the day ahead.
Test piece by Deborah Pitman, photo by Deb Pitman
Each participant made a small test piece that was grouted and finished before the day ended. They went on to create their circular mandala using their newly acquired knowledge. We think the results are stunning…
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Saturday 1st March 10.00am – 4.00pm
Chorlton Central Church, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester
“Roman Mosaics” masterclass with LAWRENCE PAYNE at Chorlton Central Community Centre, Chorlton, Manchester.
This workshop will cover both figural and geometric mosaics including the principles used in both forms. All the work will be done using pre cut marble and other hard stones from which you will cut shapes with nippers. (All tools provided)
Taken from and example seen in Ravenna, Italy. You can also see this pattern in The Church of The Nativity, Bethlehem.
The price includes all materials plus a laminated crib card of The Rules and refreshments.
Suitable for complete beginners, intermediates and those with more experience looking for expert guidance in developing their technique to a higher level. Understand the principles of how ancient Roman mosaics were designed and created, get familiar with the ‘Roman Rules’ and have a go yourself in this informative and practical session under Lawrence’s supervision.
You will learn how to speed up and maintain momentum in your approach to mosaic, at whatever level you are currently working. There’s always a lively and friendly atmosphere at these workshops too.
BOOK HERE: ROMAN MOSAIC WORKSHOP
Last February, we had the great pleasure of welcoming Lawrence Payne to Manchester to host a wonderful one day workshop teaching the art and the science (well, the theory to be more specific) behind Roman Mosaics.
Roman Mosaics Workshop with Lawrence Payne
I’m delighted to announce that he will be making a return guest appearance and has agreed to host a workshop for us again in Chorlton – at our usual evening class venue, Chorlton Central – next March.
This workshop will be suitable for complete beginners and for returning students looking to improve to the next level.
I have made the booking available today so that you have the opportunity to give the nudge to somebody who’s trying to find the ideal gift for you this Christmas!!!
Look no further: BUY ROMAN WORKSHOP GIFT HERE!!!!
Mosaic is a wonderful medium for any age group to enjoy but its tactile qualities have extra special appeal for youngsters. By including a creative, physical activity as part of a school topic you can bring the subject to life and make it extra memorable for everybody. This must be why so many teachers are asking for advice to deliver mosaic projects to their classes.
“I’d like my class to have a go at mosaic, where do I start? There are so many different grouts…what sort of tiles do we need…can you use glass tiles outside?”
Not all schools can afford to bring in a mosaic artist to help. That’s why I’ve devised these fabulous project packs for schools.
Each pack contains all the essential materials and instructions with extra tips based on my experience of working in schools for 20 years. The kits simplify the process to make sure that everybody has a great time – teacher included. Its bags of fun and very rewarding.
The net price for this package is £300.00 + P&P @ £27 + vat @ 20%. ‘Refill Kits’ are available to use with this equipment next time. Find out more here.
Spring is on its way and we’ll soon be able to enjoy the sunshine and spend some time in the great outdoors. Now is the time to plan projects and activities for school grounds improvements, maybe creating new garden areas – a sensory garden, perhaps – and this special offer might just be perfect for your school.
Dragonfly Mosaic Stepping Stone being cast in the plastic mould
The project involves having me (Tracey) in your school for three consecutive days to facilitate the design and making of a set of 15 large mosaic stepping stones, involving up to a maximum of 30 pupils. It’s great fun, completely absorbing and an excellent project for encouraging team work skills.
Y2 pupils making mosaic stepping stones at Templemoor Infant School in Sale, Cheshire
This month I was in Grange Park School in Kent to work with Y7 and Y8 pupils who made a beautiful collection of mosaic stepping stones for their new sensory garden. For each of the three groups making stepping stones we had a team of four Y10 mentors to assist us. This worked very well and is a model I would encourage other schools to consider.
The usual price for this package is £1200.00. It includes a day and a half for essential pre-project preparation as well as the three days in school and all the materials and safety equipment provided. However, as my monthly special offer to schools, orders placed in January will be at the discounted price of £950.00. Please note, I take bookings for schools outside of Greater Manchester but will provide a very reasonable quote for travel expenses and accommodation, if necessary.
A stunningly beautiful Tuscan hilltop location, a pretty village hall, a bubbly group of enthusiastic Italian youngsters keen to make mosaics with an English Mosaic Artist…
…invitations to host workshops like this don’t come too often!
So, how did I get the gig?
In 2011, by chance, I met Debora Chellini and a group of visiting Italian students whilst working at a primary school in Knutsford on a school mosaic project. I invited the youngsters to join in and work with us and it was great to see them working side by side with the English children, who happily explained and showed them what to do. That was the beginning of an exciting new collaboration that Debora and I are continuing to develop, the basis for which is Debora’s simple but effective principle of learning through experience. More specifically, in our project, it is a case of learning language through creative experience.
Debora is a lecturer at the Richmond University in Florence and at weekends she runs her own language project StoryTime working with children aged from 5-13 years old. The children are encouraged to use English whilst enjoying a range of exciting workshops and activities. This fresh approach ensures that the youngsters are keen to learn the language as they need it in order to understand and achieve the task in hand and interact with others in a creative, sociable and supportive environment. Mosaic projects fit perfectly with this brief.
My visit to Florence this October gave Debora and I the opportunity to discuss a range of options for next year’s programme with the aim of developing the approach further, incorporating more arts and crafts workshops. There was time to visit some of the finest Florentine artisans continuing the traditional crafts of the region and I also visited the university and met some of Debora’s colleagues and students.
Enrico Giannini demonstrating the technique of paper marbling
The visit culminated with the workshop you see here in the nearby Tuscan village of Montigufoni. Each participant produced a small mosaic fridge magnet to begin with. For this, they were all provided with the same set of materials, design and instructions. They very quickly learned all the new vocabulary associated with the activity: the names of the tools and materials; the way to ask for help with specific processes and checking with each other (in English!) if they were doing everything correctly.
Next, the students were rewarded for their efforts and given a little more freedom. This time, with a wide selection of materials to choose from and the aid of drawing templates (if they wanted to use them), they were encouraged to create a larger mosaic of their own design.
You can see some of their fabulous work here.
I’m really pleased with the table that Martin (Luke Lister Blacksmiths) has made for me to create this mosaic ‘bistro’ garden table. Its been a useful exercise. We worked out the design detailing together and now that I’ve made the top using Cinca frost resistant ceramic tiles, we’ve just agreed final modifications to create the perfect fit.
Here’s the top after the design was completed and fixed to the ply surface. I used a somewhat unconventional method, that was the best solution to making the design over a few sessions when pockets of time were available and also factoring in that it had to be displayed as a ‘work in progress’ at the Chorlton Green Fun Day! I’ve made the design using the tiles right side up to begin with but then I used adhesive vinyl to hold it together when it was semi-complete. I then marked the vinyl with ‘colour by numbers’ references and finished making the mosaic upside down. I think we can call that ‘both ways round indirect method’?!!
the ‘prototype’ table in Martin’s workshop today, when we worked out modifications required
If you’d like to join me to make one of your own, the 2 day workshop course runs over two consecutive Saturdays: June 30th + July 7th and the price for both full days, including the galvanised steel table, the ply top and all the materials, adhesive, grout and use of tools etc. is a very reasonable £246.00, inclusive of VAT. You can even book & pay online: http://www.traceycartledge.co.uk/products/160
There are options if you can only make it to one of the days and you’d be happy (supported by my instructions sheet, which is very clear and easy to follow) to complete it at home or if you can make both days but have your own table. For an additional £50 supplement, you can upgrade to a 900mm diameter table but don’t expect to complete this in the 2 Saturdays unless you put in plenty of homework time during the intervening week! (The bistro table is approx. 500mm diam.) Just get in touch with me by phone (0161 860 0387) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible and let me know what you’d like to do and I can make sure we have enough tables for everybody.
We had such a lovely day at Hulme Garden Centre, making our mosaics in the straw bale classroom. The group was a friendly bunch – 5 in total – and everybody made a mosaic stepping stone. The quickest workers also made mosaic wall plaques and the others had time to make an extra stepping stone – smaller and more abstract – whilst these were getting completed.
lots of hard work and concentration……..
using tile nippers to cut accurate shapes…..
making careful colour choices……..we had so many to choose from!
deciding on details and finishing touches……
and here’s how they’re looking after a light clean……(still setting)
Jude’s sail boat
Carey’s heart with initials
Mareen’s floral design
Maureen’s abstract piece
Anita’s abstract piece with heart motif
“Wow don’t they look great Tracey I had a great day and really pleased with the stepping stones. I thought the venue was also really good. Thanks very much, best wishes Maureen”
The mosaics look fab!
Russell & I really enjoyed the session.
(Russell was seeing mosaics when he closed his eyes…you’ve really inspired him back into doing art himself!!)
Could we please also order 2 large, 2 medium and 2 small stepping stone moulds and 2 pairs of nippers and collect at the same time we collect our ‘works of art!’.
Anita & Russell”
Our next workshop at Hulme Community Garden Centre is on Saturday 9th June when we’ll be making mosaic plant pots for the garden. Again, we’ll use frost resistant ceramic tiles and glass mosaics as well. Fancy joining us?
Here’s where to book: http://www.traceycartledge.co.uk/products?tags=Week-end+Mosaic+Courses
Photos by Matilda Wigley, Rosalind Wigley and Tracey Cartledge
If you watched any of those programmes in the series ‘Love Your Garden’ with old Alan Titchmarsh or if you’re a fan of Kirties Allsopp’s ‘Homemade Home’ you might have seen beautiful mosaics creating a focal point in various gorgeous gardens. Did you fancy having a go yourself? Didn’t get round to it? Well, opportunity is here knocking on your door – come and join us at Hulme Community Garden Centre on 26th and make one under expert supervision – you’ll even get a FREE GIFT mosaic kit to take home with you as well!!!
The workshop starts at 10.00am in the Straw Bail classroom – I believe that it is the first of its type in Manchester but please correct me if you know otherwise! We’ll spend some time working out the design for your mosaic inlay and then you’ll get to work creating the mosaic on a template. Plenty of help will be given at every stage, so don’t worry if you are a complete beginner, you won’t be alone. The frost resistant cinch tiles come in a fabulous range of colours, so you will have plenty of choice for your design.
Once your mosaic design is complete, you will mix concrete and mortar and use these mixes to cast your stepping stone, complete with your mosaic inlay. Its great fun – just like making mud pies except with permanent and more beautiful results!! These stepping stones are wonderfully durable and will last for many decades in your garden. All the equipment will be there for you. People always work at different speeds with mosaic so if you like to take your time and spend the full session on this project, you can do. Nobody will rush you. If, however, you’re a speedy worker there will be a bonus opportunity to try out a few other mosaic techniques too.
Each participant attending this workshop will also receive a gift to take home. To help keep up your new skills, you’ll be given a funky little mosaic fridge magnet kit that you can complete at your leisure. They make great gifts for friends’ birthdays….
The price of the workshop is £84.00, inclusive of all materials and regular refreshments. Online booking is easy, just follow this link: BOOK WORKSHOP NOW
For more information and a booking form, please e-mail me as soon as possible at email@example.com or phone me on 0161 860 0387. Places are limited!!