Roman Inspired Marble Mosaic
with Caitlin Hepworth 

Suitable for all skill levels

 

1-day, 9.30am - 4pm

Saturday 18 April, 2020

 

$130 + materials fee $35 

 

In this one day workshop students will discover how to create a mosaic using marble – a traditional and lasting mosaic medium used since antiquity.

 

Students will learn about cutting and laying marble as well as how to create basic andamento (mosaic flow) in their work – a key element in Roman mosaic which still forms an integral part of mosaic language today.

 

During the day students will work on a small sample mosaic (approx. 18 x 18cm) using the direct method on a lightweight weather proof substrate suitable for outdoor display. We will use cement based adhesive which removes the need for grouting and allows the textures in the cut face of the stone to be featured.

 

Inspiration will be taken from the mosaics of Aquileia, an Ancient Roman city and now a Unesco World Heritage Site. Students can select from a range of pre-prepared designs which they can interpret in their own way and to their level of experience.

Completed mosaics will be coated with stone sealer which brings out the richness and depth of colour in the stone.

Materials fee of $35 includes prepared weather proof substrate with hanger, cement based adhesive, colourants and mixing equipment, Marble, travertine and other stone in a range of colours, use of double geared nippers, tweezers, palette knives, stone sealer, course notes.

 

Bring – Please wear closed shoes, bring an apron, safety glasses, an old towel and wet wipes. A small desk lamp may be useful to some students as this mosaic process is quite detailed and good light is essential.