Course Start Dates
Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.
Beginner's workshop in Pretty Rubbish Mosaics Studio.
8 hours over 2 days
Day 1 you will spend 5 hours learning about tools, adhesives and substrates and will create a unique piece of garden art onto slate. You will learn how to cut china and glass and create your piece in pique assiette style. Classes are informal, fun and inspirational.At your disposal you will have a huge array of "treasure" including upcycled crockery, tiles, glass and jewellery .
Day 2 you will grout and clean your piece and head home bursting with ideas for more creations!
What's included in the price?
All tools are supplied and you will be charged between £5 and £10 for materials depending on what you use. Cost includes coffee, tea, cakes and I will provide soup on day 1 . Please feel free to bring sandwiches
My Friend and I took our children (aged 7-11, boys and girls ) out to the children's workshop that Margaret runs, to be honest I was not sure what to expect but it really was THE most amazing day. From the minute you arrive you're swept along on a wave of creativity, from looking around the truly fabulous garden (esp the amazing bottle waterfall!) to getting into the studio and seeing the brilliant array of materials and endless creative possibilities it really was mind blowing and engaging - Margaret was lovely and very helpful with subtle tweaks and suggestions which was lovely, and gave the children total expressive freedom- honestly one of the best things I've ever done with the kids- and my friend and i are planning an adults day very soon! ❤️
My friend and I took our children and a couple of their friends to one of the workshops and had the most fantastic day. Margaret's garden is inspirational and all the children let their creative juices flow, even the boys!!! Their pieces were really beautiful and the children were so happy!
Margaret is just wonderful, engaging and most informative. And was there to offer suggestions if required. I cannot recommend this course and Margaret's work enough! Thank you!
My daughter and I did a workshop with Maggie making pictures on slate for the garden. Maggie was so helpful and inspiring, I am now hooked. Maggie has helped me create so many wonderful pieces for both my garden and home.
My daughters and I had a wonderful day with Maggie making mosaic hearts for the garden. We learnt lots and all of us came away very enthusiastic mosaicers!! Maggie is always cheerful and eager to help. A very relaxed and welcoming environment- a fantastic experience.
As Director of the Braemar Creative Arts Festival I can confirm that every review I have read from the participants of Maggie's festival classes over the last 3 years has been 5 star. Several of the people consequently signed up for more of Maggie's Magic workshops at her studio. We invite her back to our Festival every year as we know her classes will quickly be fully subscribed...she is truly inspirational.
I have been to a number of sessions in Maggie's studio and also to all three Braemar Creative Arts Festival Mosaic courses which she attends in support of this community based arts venue.
What a gem Maggie is - kind, patient, technically spot on, creatively inspiring of others, exuberant in nature, genuinely caring about her students welfare, and completely in awe of our efforts & the results no matter how odd some of mine have turned out to be :D
You may enter a complete novice not knowing one end of a tweezer from the end of a glass cutter, or a Leponitt from a Smalti. When you leave with your first pieces completed you will also take along the self-confidence with a range of manual skills & 'tool familiarity' to tackle anything she throws at you at your next session, and you will truly believe in your own abilities.
A BIG part of Maggie's ethos is to use discarded bits and pieces from local charity shops, friends cast-off & broken household 'junque', and her very own "Rubbish Fairy" who is part of the grass-roots recycling movement.
OldTown Steading's garden is a showcase of mosaic-ed artworks created from literal rubbish and it is incredibly inspiring to view regardless of the season. It is 2 acres and utterly delightful Madness, Mayhem and Magic. Green Recycling box WELL ticked and who would have thought such beauty rise from the ashes of rubbish ???
She has taught me so much technically about mosaic-ing, and even given me the self confidence set up a small studio space of my own in a spare sheddy, but part of the fun and experience is in being with other like-minded people under Maggie's caring and attentive eye. And she puts on a lovely lunch for us too :) Who could ask for more???
I attended ancouple of courses that Maggie ran and loved them! The only reason I could not follow up with more was that we moved away. Maggie has so much enthusiasm and is a brilliant and inspiring tutor! She has a wealth of materials and gives 100% to ensure everybody achieves. Maggie inspired me and gave me the love for mosaicing, which I now continue here in France. Thank you Maggie! Don't hesitate to sign up for her courses!
I have done this course twice now and have loved doing it. Maggie brings out your creativity with her boundless enthusiasm. I recommend this course for all those that want to fulfil their artistic ambitions via mosaic.
If you are stuck for ideas or ways to make your ideas reality, rememer this mantra - trust Maggie.
Maggie's workshop really is fabulous. No experience or ability in art required because Maggie's enthusiasm is contagious and encouragement, inspiring. Suitable for all ages too. I'm definitely going back for more :-)
Had a great time creating a beautiful mosiac piece. Maggie is on hand to offer guidance & suggestions to ensure you are happy with your finished product. We enjoyed it so much, we've been back to do a second class. Maggie is a wonderful tutor.
I attended a two day workshop last October and since then can't stay away! I have since completed many pieces with Maggie's inspiration and support including a slate house sign, kitchen splash back and a glass on glass picture.
She's full of ideas and has an amazing selection of materials to play with. Her enthusiasm is infectious and I thoroughly recommend this course.
So I have never been a student, but I cannot say enough about how much I look forward to the post by Margaret. She is an inspiration beyond any description. An amazing talent, totally out of the box talent. An amazing lady, wish I lived closer, I would love to just have a few minutes to walk through her yard.