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Mosaic classes in Saffron Walden, Essex, near Cambridge

Duration: 5 hours

Price: £32

Book with: Anne Cardwell
at Making Mosaics

This course is also taught online.

Pinkneys Manor
Mill Road
Wimbish, Saffron Walden
CB10 2XD

Course Start Dates

Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.

About the Course

This course is run by Anne Cardwell, in Essex. Anne's flair of all things artistic and particular enthusiasm for mosaic art makes this a really fabulous, relaxing and colourful experience. Treat yourself - make some something amazing for your house or garden.

Anne runs weekly courses, has appeared on ITV's 'Love Your Garden' and has written a book, 'Stylish Mosaics'. As well as running classes locally for the last 15 years, Anne has an online course which can be accessed through Craft Courses (see other listings or 'View website link above). This works well in conjunction with attending a course, or for those who would prefer to work at home in their own time.

Making mosaic art doesn't require expensive equipment - it doesn't take up a lot of space and the skills are quite straightforward - this course demonstrates just how easy it is to get started with this wonderful, enchanting art. You don't need technical brilliance and yet your first mosaic will thrill you. After just a few lessons techniques for a lifetime of mosaic making will be mastered. Anne will teach you cutting and laying your tiles, what to stick them onto and what to stick with.

Some dexterity is required, cutting with nippers needs reasonable strength, but easily achievable by most people. All the tiles and tools needed are provided. The aim is usually to complete an A4 mosaic, materials are extra usually about £25, classes are from £32 - £55.

Everyone works at their own pace on their own projects. The classes are relaxed, creative and friendly, open to any ability.

The studio accommodates 8 people, entry via a few steps. There is plenty of parking right outside. The studio is on a farm about 50 minutes north of London, 30 minutes south of Cambridge in Essex.

School groups can arrange sessions into the studio for enrichment classes, up to £12 people approx £85 per person per one day class.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Tea, coffee provided.

Courses are £32 but the first visit the class is £55.

Materials are extra, approx £22/25 for an A4 mosaic, including base, adhesive and grout and approx £40/45 for A3, pay for this at the class, cash or cheque/card. All work must be grouted at home, but please don’t worry, this is easy and advice and everything you need will be supplied.

Goggles provided. Please bring something for lunch (rural location - there are no shops nearby).

Want to review this course?

I thoroughly enjoyed the two afternoons that I attended Anne's classes. Everyone was welcoming and friendly. Some of the people are so incredibly talented and they really gave me an idea of what I could achieve with a lot of practice. Anne took time to show me different methods and techniques as well as tutoring me from scratch with the basics so that I felt I really achieved something in the two afternoons. If only I lived closer I would be there every week!

- - #19506

I have loved doing mosaics in Anne Cardwell's workshops, learning new things in a friendly small group setting. Anne is onw of those outstanding teachers who can have a group of people all working on very different mosaic projects/pictures and can advise and guide each person in an empowering way. It did not take long to get completely hooked!

- - #19347

I’ve been going to Anne’s classes for about 12 years- not every week but regularly.
I enjoy the sessions, love the mosaic skills that I’ve learned and it’s a fun way to spend time with other creative girls (and occasional men). We do such different projects and fresh ideas are all around us.
Anne is a great inspiration to us , helping us with design and technical advice and encouragement when needed (and she also keeps the cups of coffee/tea coming)
A wonderful way to spend my spare time- thoroughly recommend it!

- - #19297

I’ve attended several of Anne’s courses - and they are EXCELLENT!
Anne has a wonderful sense of humour and makes the classes such a warm and inviting experience . Whatever your level of expertise you could not fail to come away having learnt something new - and of course a wonderful piece of artwork!
Anne does not try to impose her creative style and encourages you to explore and creat your own. Wholeheartedly recommend !

- - #19218

Response from Making Mosaics:

Thanks Bev - are you still creating your beautiful detailed pieces I wonder?

As somebody with no previous experience I started Anne's classes a few months ago. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed as is Anne's teaching style. Mosaic making is so enjoyable and absorbing, the hours pass quickly, more classes booked for next month.

- - #19210

Response from Making Mosaics:

Martyn you take the prize for the neatest ever student - I have never been able to make as precise cuts as you do - so we are all still learning!

I love Making Mosaics classes on fridays. Whilst fairly new to the class I felt welcome and soon got inspired by seeing what the other students were working on. Anne is extremely patient and kind and as well as giving good advice and helping you when you are stuck or unsure, she also makes a wonderful cuppa keeping our creativity going and has a great sense of humour. She makes you feel welcome and at home. The other students are fun and very friendly and the time whizzes by far too quickly!
Driving home after the class I always feel stimulated after working intensely with colour and shape with the incredible variety of mosaic materials Anne offers on her courses. Working with mosaics seems to help make me view the colours and textures of the landscape in a different way and I cannot wait for the next week's class!

- - #19202

Response from Making Mosaics:

Thanks Janey - nice review - appreciated.

I love my Friday mornings! Anne is extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic about mosaics and mosaicing and her classes are inspiring.

- - #19200

Anne’s classes are great! Anne is so talented at mosaic-making. She’s a patient teacher and her classes always have a lovely atmosphere. It’s a fun way to spend a few hours and I love it!

- - #19195

Response from Making Mosaics:

Thanks Jo - you have to be patient with mosaic!

Anne is a great teacher, gives plenty of help to novices (like me) with creative ideas but little knowledge on how to execute them (like me). Super friendly group of ladies (men are welcome too!). Highly recommend.

- - #19191

Anne is a great teacher, very happy to help out with novices (like me) with great creative ideas but little idea on how to execute them (like me). Very chilled atmosphere and super friendly hobby mosaicists who happen all to be ladies. (Maybe making mosaics appeals more to women?) Highly recommend.

- - #19190

I am a relative new member of the Mosaic class but have thoroughly enjoyed my Friday mornings. Initially I just booked one class to see if I could cope. I am now on my third project. Rather ambitiously I am covering a small coffee table. I took my very first piece of mosaic to a professional framer and he told me it was very good. I thought he was just being kind but he was genuinely impressed with the quality of the work. Anne is an excellent teacher and will offer guidance if needed.

- - #19189

Response from Making Mosaics:

From a tentative start you are becoming most ambitious! It's great to see how you have progressed!

Making Mosaics is addictive. I’ve been attending classes for a few years now and really enjoy my time with Anne and the Friday ladies. I’m not especially good at the projects I try to do but everyone is so encouraging and helpful it doesn’t seem to matter what my attempts are like. There is always someone with an idea to help.

- - #19188

Friday is my favourite day of the week now! Anne’s mosaic classes are fun, friendly and full of expert one-on-one help. The great thing is you don’t need any artistic ability to produce gorgeous mosaics you can be proud of. Fab choice of materials to choose from (the biscuits are pretty good too).

- - #19187

Response from Making Mosaics:

But YOU have lots of artistic ability Sue and it does show! Thanks for being such a loyal class member, Anne

I have been attending Anne's class for over 5yrs now - it's addictive! The classes are very relaxed, with expert tuition from Anne. From the outset you can be creative and learn new skills at your own pace. Like myself, a lot of the attendees are quite proficient mosaicers now and also work at home, but still enjoy the stimulus of working in a group, sharing experiences and feedback, and being introduced to new matetials and techniques. Mosaicing is an opportunity to be absorbed in an activity and completely lose yourself for a few hours, no distractions. I could not recommend Amne's highly enough!!

- - #19186

Response from Making Mosaics:

You've certainly been hooked! Your work is amazing! Thanks for such a kind review.

Makings mosaics has been one of my most enjoyable craft experiences. Anne has a wonderful gift for making you feel relaxed whilst teaching you a new skill.
A great way to meet new people in comfortable and welcoming surroundings.
Hoping to do more classes later in the year.

- - #19185

Response from Making Mosaics:

you are always welcome here Rosie - you've always made the most attractive things - but somehow I don't seem to have many photos of them!

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