In-person course

Make a Mosaic Abstract

Mosaic abstract


A one-day workshop to give you the essential skills needed to make a beautiful mosaic abstract using found and salvaged materials.

This workshop will explore different mosaic materials which can easily be salvaged or collected to make beautiful abstract pieces. Whether it’s pebbles and shells, broken pottery, bolts and washers, slate, beach glass, bottle tops, beads, single use plastics, or even organic elements like nuts and seeds, we will delve into the fascinating world of mosaic materials.

We will begin with a brief overview of mosaics and take a look at the various methods, approaches and possibilities of the medium before focusing on gathered and found materials. We will be using the direct tile adhesive method and you will learn how to build your own substrate and the various cutting techniques needed to make your own mosaics before considering design ideas and getting stuck in.

The idea is to play and experiment and there will be the opportunity to make as many mosaics as you like, trying out different colours, textures and patterns to achieve striking effects.

We will end the day with a demonstration of how to install your mosaics at home on an outdoor or indoor wall or onto a movable plaque.

Subjects covered: building your own substrate, mosaic tools, cutting and laying techniques and installing your completed work.

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?

A selection of mosaic materials, bases of various sizes, adhesives and course notes.
What to bring: An apron or big shirt – it’s messy work! – and a shallow box to take your work home. Due to Covid 19, we can't offer teas and coffees but please feel free to bring your own travel mug and you are welcome to use the kettle.


Helen Miles at Helen Miles Mosaics
Out of the Blue, Abbeymount Studios
2 Easter Road

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Tutor can travel
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