Mosaics for All | Tonbridge Adult Education Centre

Mosaics for All at Tonbridge Adult Education Centre

Mosaics for All at Tonbridge Adult Education Centre

Price: £140.00 Starts: 08/01/2018 Time: 12:30 - 15:00
Tutor: Cathy Barcham Ends: 19/03/2018 Location: Tonbridge Adult Education Centre
Level: Mixed Level Day of Week: MON Duration: 10 weeks

This course has started, but is still accepting enrolments. This course has already started but it may still be possible to join it. Please call 03000 41 2222 and ask to be put through to the Centre where the course is running.

About this course

Mosaic is the art of creating images using small pieces of coloured glass, stone, or other materials called tessarae. The earliest known examples of mosaics were found at a temple building in Abra, Mesopotamia and are dated to the second half of 3rd millennium BC and yet they are still fashionable today.
Mosaic is a versatile and decorative craft using a wide variety of styles, materials and techniques, making it appealing to all levels of expertise. Students will be instructed in the traditional techniques of producing mosaics.The course will start with the direct mosaic technique and gradually move on to other methods; initially the tutor will demonstrate basic mosaic techniques such as; planning your design on paper, choosing a colour scheme, transferring your design to a mosaic base, cutting and shaping tessarae, placing and adhering tessarae on your chosen base, grouting the design and cleaning the finished product.

Learning outcomes. On the course you will:
- Identify a variety of mosaic materials, methods and tools
- Cut and shape tessarae using appropriate tools
- Plan and produce a mosaic design / template
- Choose tessarae suitable for intended use
- Cut and apply tessarae to prepared substrate
- Grout and finish mosaic piece
- Work to relevant Health and Safety guidelines

How will I be taught?

The course provides an environment in which the student can gain knowledge and skills in the techniques of making mosaic decorated objects. The tutor will use a variety of teaching methods, including one to one tutorials, group discussions, critiques and tutor guided workshop practise. By the end of the course the students will have produced a variety of mosaic samples and projects.
You individual progress will be discussed with your tutor and will be evidenced in your growing body of work. Your learning will also be recorded in an Individual Learning Plan.

What do I need to bring with me?

Because each student will require differing amounts and types of materials, we have to charge for them at cost. Any costs are paid in class at the time of requiring the materials.
For the first session please bring a 12mm thickness piece of MDF (no bigger than A3 size) for you mosaic base, or an unglazed earthenware pot of a manageable size, (bring frost proof if project intended for outdoor use).
You should bring paper/sketchpad, pencils and a notebook. Essential tools include a tile nipper although we will be able to supply these in the lesson. Details of the cost of materials and basic tools will be discussed at the beginning of the course. If equipment and materials are required for this course you should not buy them before the first class unless advised other wise, or you are sure that the course is running.
Health and Safety:
You must wear closed-toe shoes
All masks, gloves and ear defenders will be supplied if necessary
No food or drink is allowed in the studio because of the possible risks of contamination.

What can I do next?

This course provides a foundation for moving on to further study in mosaics. Please ask or go to

What do I need to join the course

The course is suitable for all students who have some manual dexterity. There are no pre-entry requirements - all you need is enthusiasm.

About the Tutor: Cathy Barcham

Cathy Barcham is an artist with many years’ experience in stained glass and design; many of her qualifications were obtained while studying glass here at Tonbridge Adult education centre. She has completed a postgraduate in glass and design at St Martins in London. She has been teaching in adult education for several years.
‘I first trained in fine art, and for the past years I have been experimenting and exploring the medium of glass as an additional means of expression. I have exploited the medium of glass to translate ideas, layering colours and the dynamics of the figure into sculptural forms and creating narrative panels, combining fused glass with metals, stains and oxides.’

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Getting there

Tonbridge Adult Education Centre
Avebury Avenue
Tonbridge And Malling

If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 2222 and quote the Course Code TON/53445/F/LC.
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