Byzantine Inspired Smalti Mosaic - Stars of Ravenna
with Caitlin Hepworth 

Suitable for all skill levels


1-day, 9.30am - 4pm

Sunday 19 April, 2020


$130 + materials fee $35 


In this one day workshop students will learn how to create a mosaic using Smalti, which is a traditional and beautiful mosaic medium used in mosaics since the Byzantine Era.


Made in much the same way today, Smalti offers the ultimate in colour, texture and reflectivity in mosaic.


Working with smalti from Italy and Mexico, students will become familiar with the different formats of smalti available as well as how to cut and lay the material for different effects.


During the day students will work on a small sample mosaic (approx. 18 x 18cm) using the direct method and cement based adhesive on a lightweight weatherproof substrate.  Using cement adhesive removes the need for grout and allows for an irregular surface which enhances the reflective qualities of the mosaic material.


Inspiration will be taken from the stunning Byzantine ceiling mosaics of Ravenna – 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. All designs will enable students to learn how to create basic andamento (mosaic flow) in their work.


The materials fee of $35 includes prepared weather proof substrate with hanger, cement based adhesive, colourants and mixing equipment, 250g smalti (including gold smalti), use of mosaic nippers, tweezers, palette knives, 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 lighting is essential.