Introduction to mosaics / further adventures in mosaic workshop



Mosaic course with award winning mosaic artist with 25 years experience, Kate Rattray. The course is suitable for beginners and students who have some experience. We use glass and ceramic mosaic tiles and stained glass.

For beginners: make a coaster and a small mosaic picture for indoors using the direct method.

For students with some experience: make a small picture or several smaller pictures paying attention to shape of tile, andamento (directional flow of the tiles) and colour and tone.

Please note: Everyone works at a different pace so it is possible you will not finish your mosaic at the class. However you will be given instructions and all materials you need to finish your mosaic at home.

What to bring:

Please bring an apron or wear old clothes. Sketches you have made or ideas for simple designs and a packed lunch. (Tea coffee and biscuits are included)

The course is held in Kate’s studio at Black Barns studios in South Devon very close to Dartmoor.

About the tutor:

Kate is a skilled mosaic teacher and practising mosaic artist. She has been running mosaic workshops since 1996, for adults and children. From 2000 - 2006 she was a mosaic tutor with Adult Learning and Leisure. Since then she has run private courses in various venues and her own studio.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Course fee is £85 a day and includes all materials, refreshments, course notes (sent by email after the course) and use of tools. Please bring packed lunch.


Kate Rattray at Kate Rattray Mosaic Artist


Black barn studios, Gorse Blossom Farm
Newton Abbot
TQ12 6FU

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Easter
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Father's Day
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Mother's Day
  • Overseas Holiday
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Romantic
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users


6 hours (10:30am to 5:00pm)

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In-person course
Linda Minett - - #35409

What a great day. With lots of help from Kate, I've ended up with a mosaic I'm really proud of. She helped us whenever we needed it & gave advice on size, colour, types of tiles, tools etc. My head is now buzzing on what to do next. Thank you so much Kate for such a great day of learning.

Response from Kate Rattray Mosaic Artist:

Thanks for your lovely review Linda, it was good to work with you.

In-person course
Nicola 💕🌍 - - #29714

I really enjoyed my day making mosaic. I learnt everything to do with the whole process and as I did a larger piece I needed to finish it at home.
We had lots of support and encouragement. We were actively encouraged to mix adhesive so we knew the correct consistency and allowed to take some powders and glass home to complete the piece. Emailed instructions and supplier information sent afterwards so no excuse not to complete my project.
Thank you Kate.

In-person course
Emma Biggs - - #29647

I really enjoyed this course, the second I’ve taken with Kate. The studio is well equipped with all you need and features lots of Kate’s inspiring mosaic work.
Kate is a natural teacher, very calm and friendly with a wealth of knowledge . There was also lots of coffee and cake. Highly recommended!

In-person course
Jane Mansbridge - - #28952

Small group, only 2 of us so teacher pupil ratio excellent! I had no previous experience and Kate was very helpful and supportive. We worked at our own pace throughout the day and Kate was on hand to encourage and advise us. I was very pleased with the 2 pieces I completed. I have no hesitation in recommending Kate's mosaic course. A relaxed and enjoyable experience.

In-person course
Victoria Sherwood - - #28672

I had some experience making mosaics, but I still learned a lot from Kate. She allowed us to work at our own pace and gave great advice on design and also what was possible in the time given. I picked up a lot of great tips, and I would definitely attend one of Kate's courses again!

In-person course
Suzette Berry - - #24586

The sculpture mosaic course was relaxed and enjoyable, as are all Kate's courses. It was explained clearly how to use the materials we hadn’t used before and then over the two days Kate was very attentive to us all but gave us plenty of time to work at our own pace, which I think is the best kind of learning. The group were pleasant and I enjoyed seeing everyone's pieces develop with our different styles.

In-person course
Carol Haselwood - - #24566

I have done several courses with Kate, and they have all been excellent. I started as a complete beginner, and she explained things in a simple and straightforward manner, sending me home with a mosaic picture to hang on my wall. Since then I have done several more courses, learning different techniques, and each time I left with something to be proud of. The classes are generally small in number, which means she is able to give one-to-one attention as required, but will leave us to our own devices if that is what we prefer. A lovely lady who knows her craft, and she is generous with tea, coffee and biscuits! Definitely recommended.

In-person course
Di Parker - - #17681

Had a great day, so relaxing. Learnt a lot about mosaics and Kate was a great teacher. Would highly recommend the day if your interested in making mosaics.

In-person course
Kate Macdonald - - #15718

I enjoyed this one-day beginners' course a lot. All equipment and materials needed were there, and we had all the time we needed to finish two pieces, whcih was a surprise. Kate gave good advice one-to-one, and sent follow-up notes.

Response from Kate Rattray Mosaic Artist:

Thank you Kate for your good review. Best wishes, Kate

In-person course
Nicola Wilson - - #15692

Kate's courses are an excellent way to get you started with mosaicing. In a relaxed environment she gives an introduction to techniques before letting you get really hands on with the materials. Tips and advice was given throughout and Kate's always willing to answer questions. She also provides summary notes to reference at home. Ive really enjoyed the 2 courses I've attended and these have both given me the confidence to continue mosaicing at home.

Response from Kate Rattray Mosaic Artist:

Thanks for your lovely review Nicky. I look forward to working with you again soon!

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