Portraits in Roman Mosaics - 1 Day Course


portraits in Roman Mosaics - One day workshop

£135 per person Includes all materials & membership of the online course 'figures in roman mosaics'

Full Day Course in Creating a portrait from a roman mosaic 23rd May - 31st July - 31st August

Do you want to understand how the portraits in a Roman mosaic are created?

How did the regional styles develop and what could the different styles represent?

In this unique 1 day course I will show you how you can create a portrait in the same style as in a Roman mosaic. You will learn not to just create your mosaic but you will also come to understand what is behind the whole process. I never teach people to just come away with one mosaic, whether or not you carry on, everyone learns the same, as if you are working on a full floor and are setting mosaic floors for the rest of your career. It's the same training, the same understanding, the same view. If you do continue, then the principles I teach you in just one day are the ones you can apply to every piece you make, there are no advanced techniques, you will continue to build on your experience to keep improving in your work.

You will have a large part of the mosaic completed and you should just have some of the background to finish when you get home. All the extra materials you need are supplied along with nippers, if needed, and the grout and stone wax.

The syllabus

  1. Introduction to the day, what to expect, technical apsects, how to get the right information.
  2. History, The Rules, Method of Work, iconography.
  3. What we can see in the portraits and what we need to look for.
  4. The styles, were they regional or workshop dependant?
  5. How to resize a portrait and enlarge it or reduce it in size.
  6. Pattern selection, tesserae, cutting methods.
  7. Working at speed (not fast!) while maintaining the standard.
  8. Finishing off, grouting, waxing
  9. How to continue this work and how to incorporate it into modern mosaics.

The Materials

  1. Marble tesserae, 4mm thick so they can be easily cut with nippers, (safety glasses supplied)
  2. A wooden frame to hang your work. 
  3. Adhesive glue suitable for use with stone
  4. Grout
  5. Stone wax (to be applied when your mosaic is completely dry).                                                                                             The photo, left, shows an original Roman mosaic set onto a terracotta base. You won't be expected to do one as demanding as this! This gives you an idea of how it would look in this type of base.

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About the location; St Johns Centre, 30 St John's St, Bury Saint Edmunds IP33 1SN

  • The St John's Centre is halfway up St John's Street, 2 minutes walk and you are into the town centre, 15 minutes away from the train station. 
  • I supply drinks, bring something for lunch or you can easily get something in town. 
  • The work is not particulalrly messy, just wear what you are comfortable in.
  • I supply packing for you to take your mosaic away in.


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