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.