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Mosaic Workshop for Beginners

02/17/2020 @ 06:00 pm - 02/17/2020 @ 08:00 pm | Recurring Event (See all)

17 Feb 06:00 pm - 08:00 pm

Laurel Arts Education & Dance Center

We are very excited to add Mosaics to our line up of classes here at Laurel Arts! Mother/Daughter Mosaics Team Leslie Darke and Patricia Darke, owners of Elemental Mosaics of Ohiopyle, will be teaching this step by step workshop. The class description as provided by the instructors can be seen below.

The class is an 8 week workshop on Tuesdays from March 17 to May 5 at 6pm to 8pm. The class takes place at 601 Georgian Place, Somerset.

Workshop fee: $96 nonmembers/$76.80 members payable to Laurel Arts plus a $25 materials fee payable to the instructor. All materials will be included in this fee. Preregistration is required. Please call/text 814-442-6217 or cal Laurel Arts at 814-443-2433 to register.

​Instructors Description:

Beginner Mosaics for Hobbyists is a class for those who are interested in learning how to create art by mortaring or gluing pieces of tesserae (material) onto another object or substrate. We will discuss what “mosaics” are and view many different styles and methods of mosaics. Students will be introduced to the classic mosaic hammer and hardie in order to cut local materials such as sandstone, limestone, and coal as well as reclaimed materials such as pottery and glass. Students will also learn to use tile snips as well as glass snips. Students will even be introduced to imported Italian smalti glass that is seen on cathedrals throughout the world. The class will cover how to mix mortar and epoxy, how to build a substrate, and how to apply tesserae in flowing lines of andamento (movement).


  • Session 1 (March 17): Introduction to Mosaics, brief background in history (and examples), mosaics today (and
    examples), terminology, tools. Prepare substrates. (They need to dry for next session.)
    Homework: Bring in some items from home that you would like to use in your mosaics. Examples may include rocks, tiles, pebbles, broken pottery, terra cotta, coal, marble, glass, mirror, metal, or other non-perishable items. You will not be able to chop granite with our tools.
  • Session 2 (March 24): Introduction to breaking rocks, proper technique and posture, care of hammer and hardie.
    Practice andamento and begin lines. Discuss what shapes to avoid. If weather permits, field trip to scavenge for rocks. Discuss what to look for in an ideal rock.
  • Session 3 ( March 31): Work session. Preparation of additional substrates as necessary. Students work at their own
    pace. Teacher feedback, individual teacher-student time.
    Optional: bring a rock from home to mosaic for your garden. Bring in a piece of metal or plastic to practice with epoxy.
  • Session 4 (April 7): Field Trip
  • Session 5 (April 14): Work session. Scavenge for rocks, break rocks, mosaic rocks.
  • Session 6 ( April 21): Work session.
  • Session 7 ( April 28): Work session.
  • Session 8 (May 5): Finish mosaics



Leslie Darke and Patricia Darke


Laurel Arts Education & Dance Center

601 Georgian Place
Somerset, PA 15501 United States

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