Enjoy the ancient art of mosaic in a stunning contemporary location. At the heart of the Jurassic Coast lies the Isle of Portland. White Stones is a unique creative space, offering delicious food, local art, workshops and accommodation.
David works from his studio in Portland producing unique hand finished sculpture in a variety of materials. His courses offer a modern, creative free approach to the ancient art of mosaic. Using improvised tesserae, students will be shown basic cutting and application techniques to create a personal abstract piece of mosaic art to take home. David is happy for you to bring along any small sentimental objects you may wish to try to incorporate into your mosaic piece.
Create an abstract medium size indoor wall hanging.
I run group workshops on specific dates, but can be flexible on both the date and the length of course. If you are booking as a group of between 4 to 6 people let’s make a mutually convenient arrangement.
Group bookings of 4 – 6 people will receive a 10% discount off the total price.
Spaces are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.
Adjacent to the White Stones Workshop are three ECO designed Studio retreats. Why not make your creative escape even more relaxing and book in - please get in touch for details.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
All tools and materials, light refreshments for the duration of each course. 10% discount off food and drink in our vibrant Art Café.
1 day (9:30am to 4:30pm)
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1 day (9:30am to 4:30pm)
I am just looking at the mosaic I made at David Nicholls studio in October and I really can't believe I created it! I attended the full day course with my husband and we had such an amazing time. Neither of us had done anything like this before and I was very excited at trying out a new craft skill. David is very good at sharing his considerable knowledge and has a great teaching technique of making subtle suggestions while leaving you to create what you have in your head. Going from a blank board to a completed mosaic was completely beyond my expectations of the day. We both absolutely loved the experience and will certainly be going back for more one day. I would highly recommend this course - as well as taking home a completed mosaic I had a huge sense of achievement at the end of the day.
Response from David Nicholls Art:Hi Janet,
Sorry about delay, wrote a long review earlier but the robot prevented upload and lost it.
I really enjoyed the course and David was a very patient and understanding tutor.
It is a more sophisticated process than I had imagined but was very pleased with my ‘dolphin’.
I was surprised that I had the patience to complete the mosaic but David was so helpful and inspirational.
The best bit was when you cover the whole mosaic with grouting at the end and rub it away to reveal your picture. Magic!
Thank-you so much David, I have something I am proud of and that I will treasure.
I look forward to doing another one soon hopefully!
Response from David Nicholls Art:Judy,
Really enjoyable day creating an outdoor mosaic plaque. Totally new skill which David instructed and guided us through in a clear and relaxed way. Small group in a bright & inspiring studio.
Very enjoyable day and really pleased with the finished mosaic. No pressure but help there when needed. Highly commended.
Really enjoyed this course, great tutor, lovely environment and a gorgeous mosaic to bring home. Thank you David!
So much fun, David is easy going and gives you great guidance and helpfulness as well as technique. I made a piece I am really pleased with. I will definitely be back to learn more.
David is as brilliant a teacher as he is an artist!
He was very patient with 'us learners'. He generously assisted us along our various paths and speeds of working. We were all complete novices but after the initial instructions and guidance we set out to create our own masterpieces.
I thoroughly enjoyed the calm camaraderie in sublime surroundings with a break for a delicious lunch in the wonderful White Stones Cafe.
Of course, we all produced masterpieces worthy of hanging and we were even provided with the bits and bobs to hang them with!
The excellent tuition, delightful surroundings along with David's ethos resulted in my first (but not last) mosaic. It was a wonderful day which I'm looking forward to repeating.
I attended a Mosaic Workshop last year at White Stones, Portland and have to say that I loved the whole experience.
David was extremely helpful and knowledgable and made me feel confident in what I was creating. The venue is a lovely space in a wonderful location and the event was topped off by me making something I was proud of. I learned a new skill and came away with a fabulous mosaic artwork.
I would recommend David's Mosaic Workshops to anyone that is looking to try something different and artistic, not to mention the excellent venue!
I had an amazing day! I thoroughly loved learning how to design and create a unique piece of art to take home and hang on my wall. I took along bits and pieces of costume jewellery and memorabilia from my grandparents. It was totally absorbing and thrilling using them to blend into a mirror frame.
David knows everything there is to know about how to mosaic and he's so happy to share his passion. Some of his own work is available to view too and it's incredibly inspirational. I enjoyed it so much I've booked to go back with my Mum in a couple of months.
Response from David Nicholls Art:Thanks for such a positive review. I’m so glad you gained so much from your workshop and I look forward to when you come again with your mum.
I highly recommend white stones mosaic classes. Dave is a 1st class tutor, I wouldn't go anywhere else. I highly recommend him.
Response from David Nicholls Art:Thank you for your kind and positive feedback Mark.
My daughter and myself attended a half day course with David and both made a heart shaped mosaic piece. David was very friendly and helpful. We have never done this before, and both found it very therapeutic. We were both pleased with our end result. They are both hung up within the home. We are planning on coming back so we can do a full day and make a bigger piece of art. We would highly recommend this course.
Response from David Nicholls Art:Hi Di,
Spent a fantastic day with a friend producing a mosaic picture from scratch - being a complete novice, David's clear instructions, helpful suggestions, patience and encouragement helped me get the most out of the day. There can't be many one day 'experience' courses where you can start from nothing and finish with something pretty pleasing - what a sense of achievement! Cutting the pieces and putting them in place was almost meditative - very therapeutic after a hectic week at work, I would recommend this course to anyone.
Response from David Nicholls Art:Helana,
Thoroughly enjoyed 1-2-1 mosaic making course with David!
I looked for help with making small mosaic sculptures. David took on the challenge and delivered a two-day workshop tailored to my needs. David was a very supportive tutor and the course was very well led with a good mix of theory and practice. He explained everything very clearly and made it very easy to remember. He took me through each stage of the project with great patience and allowed lots of room for the experimentation which I valued most!
The location is easy to find and the drive to Portland on sunny days was an extra bonus.
I cannot recommend this course highly enough. At White Stones Studio days just fly by!
Response from David Nicholls Art:Dear IIona,