Mosaic intensive – developing artistic expression with Sonia King


Ref: S5D11908

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About this course

Expand your work with texture, scale, flow and spacing, cutting and laying styles, using mixed materials and cement-based adhesive. You will work on your own project with individual attention and group discussions.

Course Description

The goal of the course is to offer an elevated sense of what mosaic is about, offering a new way to think about your work and the knowledge to push to the next level. Special emphasis will be made on personal expression and developing your individual style. The course specifically covers working with texture, scale, andamento and spacing; achieving effects through varied cutting and laying styles and/or mixed materials, working direct using cement-based adhesive.

You will produce a mosaic using a variety of techniques/materials. There will be extensive inquiry into cutting techniques, varied materials and laying styles; essentially broadening your skill-set. There are also varied discussions about design, the complexity of working with more than one material, spacing, andamento, reflectivity and more.

Possible materials include glass, unglazed ceramic, found objects, mineral specimens, beads, stone and fossils. Plan to bring your materials with you. There will be a limited selection of materials available for purchase.

Techniques: working direct in cement-based adhesive and possibly using that as another element in the mosaic or to build dimensional areas. In order to fully benefit from the workshop, it is vital to have some experience of the techniques and subject matter.

You will work on your own project with lots of individual attention, dealing with issues that relate to your work. However, you are invited into all discussions so there is a high level of learning from each other's specific situations. Additionally, there are group discussions and lectures on a variety of topics, including design considerations when using multiple materials, cutting techniques, etc. A group review at the end will focus on problems solved and lessons learned.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials

What students need to bring

  • Bring inspirational images as well as images of prior mosaic work, if you wish.
  • Please bring your chosen mosaic materials with you. It is recommended that you bring a larger variety than what is planned so alternative artistic choices can be considered. There will be a limited selection of mosaic materials available for purchase. Costs should be paid to the tutor before the end of the course, by cash or cheque. Bringing your own materials will guarantee having the materials you need.
  • Your tools: side-biter nippers, wheeled mosaic cutters, tweezers, dental picks, etc. A Hammer and hardie will be available for use.
  • Small yoghurt pots or plastic containers, disposable cups, etc.
  • An apron is recommended.
  • Interesting and unusual materials – possible materials include glass, unglazed ceramic, found objects, mineral specimens, beads, stone and fossils.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Aprons
  • Trowel-shaped palette knives – small or large (for spreading adhesive)
  • Pencils
  • General art supplies
  • Wooden trays (substrates) can be bought from the Craft Shop.
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toed shoes or sandals.


Sonia King

Sonia's award-winning mosaic art is exhibited internationally and represented in private, public and museum collections. Sonia teaches advanced workshops around the world and wrote the bestselling book "Mosaic Techniques & Traditions".


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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