My most popular course. On this day course you can really get down to the fine details of mosaic techniques.
Bring any pictures/designs along and we will translate them into mosaic art. I have the best stock of materials in Todmorden at my workshop and all the tools and tips you will need. I spent years working as an apprentice for renowned artists in London before going it alone. I am a commissioned artist who shares her skill to all who wish to learn this craft.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
All you need is included - mosaic tiles, tool use, all adhesives and finishing grouts, design templates (unless you bring your own) and 25 years experience in crafts tutoring.
My studio is safe and secure and is in an historic Todmorden mill building. Beginners/intermediate and advanced students welcome.
5½ hours (flexible times to suit)
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Fantastic Sunday afternoon spent in Laura’s workshop. Created our very first mosaic pieces, both now hooked and can’t wait to try more. Three hours of total relaxation, very absorbing and from the first seconds of drawing out a design template you can feel your worries just melting away.
Thank you Laura.
Cath and Stacey
Response from Laura Barnes Crafty Fox Studios:Cath and Stacey, you are so welcome! The hours flew by. You might like the cutting glass for mosaic afternoon... have a nosey when you've got a minute. All the very best to you both for your future mosaic crafting. Laura.
Laura was a wonderful teacher, really supportive with ideas and techniques. I learnt way more than I thought I would and have a fantastic piece off outdoor mosaic to show for it - far better than I could have imagined for a complete beginner. I had a lovely,relaxed day. I would definitely recommend to anyone interested in mosaics or wanting to try something new.
Thank you Laura
Response from Laura Barnes Crafty Fox Studios:I love to work with people at all stages of their learning. You had an open mind and got excited about the possibilities so guiding you was a joy. A lovely and permanent outcome! Thank you so much for your review. You are welcome anytime.
My daughter and I had a day session with Laura. Neither of us had done any mosaics before. It was such a lovely relaxing day, we were both really impressed that we produced such lovely pieces. All thanks to Laura’s professional guidance and patience.
Response from Laura Barnes Crafty Fox Studios:You both did great work... and small classes are so beneficial for learning. Thank you so much for your review, it means a lot to me. I hope you come again!
I had a lovely self indulgent day making my own kingfishers mosaic under the expert tuition of Laura. We had a good chat, plenty of tea and i came away with a garden ornament I'm very proud of.
Response from Laura Barnes Crafty Fox Studios:We really did have a lovely time! Nice and relaxed, and you did yourself proud with translating your drawing into mosaic tile.
Myself, mum and my daughter did the full day mosaic with Laura for mums birthday.
We had the best day!
Laura was fab and we made some masterpieces for our gardens too! I can’t recommend this day course highly enough. We’ve never tried mosaic before, we all had such an amazing time learning, singing and chatting. Fantastic day!
Response from Laura Barnes Crafty Fox Studios:I'm so glad you loved my course! Your work was fabulous and so much learned in a day. I'd love a picture or 3 of your pieces in their final places.
My sister took me on this course as a birthday present. I absolutely loved it. Laura tailored the course perfectly for each of us. It was very enjoyable, easily accessible, and we both ended up with 2 lovely mosaic pieces. I would totally reccomend this course to anyone. ❤
Response from Laura Barnes Crafty Fox Studios:My pleasure to tutor both of you... I've had lovely feedback from my other students on your little jumping fox and the gecko.
This half day course was great fun! Bespoke training, lovely chat and the chance to be creative with help and support if needed! I chose this half day course as a 60th birthday treat for my sister - we both made mosaics we were pleased to take away with us. Thank you Laura, your calm encouragement helped me and my sister create our mosaics, having fun at the same time!
Response from Laura Barnes Crafty Fox Studios:I'm smiling whist reading your feedback! Small classes are best as it gives me more time with you. Well done both!
You know when you have a good day, a really good day….? Yeh, few and far between at the movement with Covid, but not today. Our day came with an abundance of good, thanks to Laura, at Todmorden.
Myself and my wife enjoyed and learnt so much in such a short time, about the mosaic preparing, laying and grouting processes; coming out with a lovely mosaic plaque for our home.
Laura let us decide events and we all went the flow. I will be recommending Laura’s mosaic experience to both family and friends.
Well done Laura - we truly had a day to remember ❤️
Response from Laura Barnes Crafty Fox Studios:Ooh how lovely! Great to work with you both yesterday.... so pleased you enjoyed the day!
I am the husband mentioned in the review prior to this one, doing the full-day mosiac course. I couldn't recommend it strongly enough. It's really fun and Laura was very facilitating of some fairly specific ideas we had, as well as pointing out a few things that only improved on what we thought we wanted.
Very friendly and just generally a great thing to do for a day-out treat.
Response from Laura Barnes Crafty Fox Studios:Hello Huw,
I did the full day mosaic course with my husband as a birthday present and had a wonderful time! Neither of us had ever tried mosaic before and arrived just with a couple of odd pictures we thought we might try - we left with stunning completed pieces that are a real highlight in our garden, and a good idea of the basics of mosaic art.
Laura is an excellent tutor who gave a perfect balance of help and advice, and time to just work calmly on the projects, and she had some useful resources like books and of course her existing mosaics to help show how to make ideas work. It was a perfect gift and I hope to come back for another course in the future.
Response from Laura Barnes Crafty Fox Studios:Thank you, Matilda, you are both very welcome to come back and create more beautiful work. It was a pleasure to tutor you and I enjoyed passing on my mosaic tips and knowledge.
For my wife's birthday I commissioned Laura to make a mosaic portrait of her favourite dog. I was kept up to date on the progress and got to visit Laura's amazing studio in Todmorden. The finished mosaic is superb and my wife treasures it. Very professional service and a much admired, unique art work now hangs in our home. Thank you Laura.
Response from Laura Barnes Crafty Fox Studios:Thank you so much for your review. It was a privilege to design and create a mosaic of Diesel the Spaniel. I missed him when he left my studio!
I loved this course - I learned so much with different tools and with Laura's guidance was amazed at what I produced in a single day. Will definitely be booking more courses.
Response from Laura Barnes Crafty Fox Studios:My pleasure, Maria. Your sense of colour does you proud and do join us again, there's more to learn and experience! Thank you.
Thank you for an excellent day today Laura - so happy with my badger - I love him - I have never made a framed mosaic before so this was a first for me - can’t wait for the next workshop :-) x
Response from Laura Barnes Crafty Fox Studios:Hello Sam. . I loved your work and you took such care over it. I'm very happy to share my skills and take you through to the next stage whenever you are ready. I'll not forget that little badger... thank you for your review.
What a fantastic afternoon! This was a gift from a friend.I had a one-on-one afternoon, Laura was amazing extremely talented and
knowledgeable, sharing her talent freely. Fantastic setting if you love old buildings. I found the afternoon inspiring, relaxing and thoroughly enjoyable.
Response from Laura Barnes Crafty Fox Studios:I'm so pleased you came to work with me at my studio in The Old Fire Station. Your crafts background did you proud... you were a joy to teach. Well done, Yvonne.
So pleased with my portrait of Freddie bought as a Christmas present for my partner. Laura is a genius! Such a fantastic likeness that has captured not only his likeness but also Freddie's cheeky spirit. Was great to be involved in a lot of the choices and creative input from Laura as this was being made, and to see the picture evolve and develop with regular updates.
Response from Laura Barnes Crafty Fox Studios:I loved making this portrait and thank you for the commission. I always aim to keep people in the decision making stages... it helps make important choices. Freddie is a stunner!
I travelled 60 miles to do this day course at the brilliantly quirky venue. It was all worth it. Laura is an inspirational tutor with great ideas, the perfect amount of nuture and excellent knowledge. I really enjoyed it and thanks Laura and fellow mosaic'ers for a great day out.
Response from Laura Barnes Crafty Fox Studios:You were a joy to teach, Jo, and you had your idea ready to translate which helps a lot. I was delighted with the choice of tile you used on your owl mosaic. I've had great feedback from all the mosaics made that day and particularly your owl! Thank you very much for your review.
Absolutely amazing time and I recommend Laura’s course to anyone. Never done it before and everything was included. Looking forward to another next year.
Response from Laura Barnes Crafty Fox Studios:Thank you so much, Johanna. Even with your sore shoulder you managed to complete the day and finish grouting which was a task, I know. Don't forget to buff the mosaic with a dry soft cloth to see the full effect! Thanks again for your review. More courses coming next year and you are very welcome to come again.
I did this course on Friday, I felt nervous about going because my craft skills are poor, but instantly Laura the teacher made me feel relaxed, by the end of the day I made a perfect little dog mosaic, I loved every minute, Laura is very patient, you must give this a try excellent.
Response from Laura Barnes Crafty Fox Studios:Thank you, Karla, you took my instruction on board and got to grips with tools and the choice of mosaic quickly. Pat yourself on the back as you've proved you can do it! Your little dog mosaic is exquisite.
Completed a half day stained glass course with Laura, highly recommended, a great introduction to this craft, am really looking forward to the two day course when we come out of lockdown, thank you for a very enjoyable lesson!
Response from Laura Barnes Crafty Fox Studios:Oo thank you Claire! You did really well and I hope you weren't too exhausted as so much was learnt in a short time. I wonder if you could put this review with the stained glass cutting course ... many thanks. Laura.
Thank you for a fantastic evening Laura - the session was fantastic and I'm really pleased with my little foxy friend. I still need more practise with them nippers though so I can't wait to do the full day course with you and learn some more skills and techniques.
Anyone who is looking to have a go at mosaic couldn't have a better teacher than Laura - she is forever patient when asked the same queries over and over again :-).
Response from Laura Barnes Crafty Fox Studios:Thank you! I'm always delighted to pass on what I know... especially those trade tips you get with 25 years behind you. Do keep a look out for new courses. Stained leaded glass coming soon. All welcome.
Loved this course and was delighted to be able to produce a mosaic which has become a favourite feature amongst the plants in my garden.
Laura is a patient and talented teacher - I'll be booking more courses with her.
Response from Laura Barnes Crafty Fox Studios:You did really well .. and at your own pace. Thank you for your review and I look forward to working with you again.