Using the Staff & Square in Roman Geometric Mosaics - 1 Day course


Roman Geometric Mosaics - Using the Staff & Square

One day workshop, suitable for complete beginners and those with some experience, £135.00 per person.

 11th August - 20th October - 17th November 2019

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It doesn't matter if you have no experience or skill in geometry, mosaic work or Roman art, in the course of this workshop I will have you setting out a seemingly complex geometric mosaic and you will make no markings at all on your baseboard. You'll learn the use of the staff and you'll mark your own one out to use and to take home with you at the end of the day along with your mosaic. This is no novelty trick, it is the way myself and a number of others feel the Roman mosaicists worked. I will show you why and you will see the evidence in images of the original mosaics and then in your own work. 

A square set on a completed mosaic

We start we a brief overview of Roman floor mosaics, how they were made and what was involved. Then we go over the patterns, how they are built up, the difference between the pattern, the geometry and the shape. We will cover the 'Rules' the way the ancient craftsmen set the tesserae for the mosaics. You will then be introduced to the staff and square and be shown how to mark your own ones up. Our next step it to have you start to draw out the patterns.

Right from the start you will be drawing free hand, and it is not as daunting as it sounds! The system I will teach you is vey methodical, very specific in the principles taught. These principles can be applied to any pattern so you will repeat the same actions thereby reinforcing your learning. 

The same method you have used in the drawings will now be aplied to setting the mosaic. Using the staff and square I wil take you through the process of laying out the tesserae and you then continue the mosaic under my guidence. 

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On the right you can see a student beginning the initial setting out for her mosaic. The square is being used to check the placing of the single white centre tesserae. This course is suitable for complete beginners and many of my students have had no experience before the workshops. 

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