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.
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!!!
We received our first school project pack and having a lovely time! We are really impressed by your materials, organisation and attention to detail.
I am just about to place an order for another4 Mosaic Stepping Stone Class Project (Garden Theme) to give you advanced warning!I have been asked a question about placing the stones so can you tell me if they are slippy to walk on when placed in the ground?Thanks for your help.Nicky Danks Specialism Project Officer Ecclesfield School, Sheffield
Mosaic Project Pack for 30. Includes Teacher’s Test-it-First Kit
Hi Nicky,Its so lovely to receive an e-mail like yours! Thank you very much for your generous comments and I’m delighted that you’ve found the kits so useful. With regard to slippage, this shouldn’t be a problem. The materials are exactly the ones that I have used in public pedestrian areas and have so far always been approved by local authority H & S officers. The area of mortar betweenthe ceramic tile pieces in the surface provides friction and so acts as a resist to slipping. The only other potential hazard to consider is tripping, if any pieces have not been properly tamped to create a flush finished surface.Looking forward to receiving your next order – thanks again.Kind regards,Tracey
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.
Check out our packages and if you don’t find exactly what you need, get in touch and we’ll make a pack to your own specification.
Roman Mosaics are proving so popular with schools, we ‘re adding new Roman Mosaic School Packs to our range and specials for some of next year’s educational suppliers’ catalogues.
The Year 3 children of Chorlton Church of England Primary School can tell you all about the Romans. The topic has been one that they've thoroughy enjoyed and now they're all expert mosaic makers too! photo by Sarah McAdam In just two workshop sessions, the whole class had completed their work and it was ready to grout. With help from Tracey and a couple of parent volunteers, each child then had the opportunity to grout their masterpiece themself. … Read More
You might be interested to hear that a new collection of mosaic kits is currently in development. The new collection features a set of four wall plaque designs in a new pallette of unglazed porcelain natural colours. They work beautifully as individual mosaics but you can also hang all four together for greater impact and interest, once complete.