A pebble mosaic can add a unique personal touch to any garden, creating a beautiful focal point.
This course opens with advice on developing a simple design suitable for this medium, with guidance on the qualities to look for in pebbles. You will start with the “pre-cast indirect method” which is more advanced but will need time to set. This method allows you to produce a 30cm x 30cm detailed design with a flatter surface. While your first mosaic is curing, you will move onto your second 45cm x 45cm square using “the dry mix direct method” which can also be used in situ.
We will discuss tools and methods of cutting and shaping stone and slate.
Course notes are provided for both techniques including material sourcing, so you can use your new skills to complete more projects at home. It will also be a good opportunity for you to talk through any ideas or projects you have for your own garden, including tips about installation.
The workshop is open in the evening for anyone wishing to sort pebbles and plan designs.
The College will provide black, white and yellow quartz pebbles and cut slates. You are welcome to bring your own choice of coloured pebbles/rocks/slates if they are 3cm (1.25”) to 5cm (2.25”) in depth. Pebbles less than 3cm in depth are not suitable.
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.
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.
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)
Sue Rew was trained by world renowned pebble mosaic artist Maggy Howarth. She has run her own studio workshops for the past eight years. Her mosaics can be seen in local Cotswold gardens participating in the National Gardens Scheme. She is a member of British Association of Modern Mosaicists.
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