Pretty Rubbish Mosaic and Glass Art
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About the Course
Beginner's workshop in Pretty Rubbish Mosaics Studio.
Day 1 you will be introduced to tools, adhesives and materials and will create a unique piece of mosaic art. You will learn how to cut china and glass and create your piece in pique assiette style. Classes are relaxed, 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!
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
All tools and materials are supplied . Cost includes coffee, tea, cakes and I will provide soup on day 1. Please feel free to bring sandwiches
Such a fun two days! Maggie was so kind, encouraging, creative and positive to all of us there. It's hard not to be inspired in the studio (and house and garden!) with all of Maggie's creations. I don't see myself as artistic at all but I came out with a mosaic piece that I'm really proud of and absolutely love. Give it a go - you'll love it!
Jess W - - #15223
Had a very special time on the beginners mosaic course at Maggie’s beautiful home and workshop in the countryside. A chance to completely switch off in lovely surroundings and allow my hidden creativity to come out! Maggie’s excellent guidance was inspiring and she is great fun to work with, her enthusiasm for her work is infectious. Came away from the course feeling refreshed, with new things to think about and a mosaic I am proud of. Highly recommend this course, which I feel is very reasonably priced for what it provides. Thanks Maggie!
May 2018 Attendee - - #15208
I can not recommend this course highly enough. It was wonderful! Have just enjoyed an inspiring weekend with Maggie and learned so much. Maggie is so generous with sharing her skills, her resources and her inspiration. She is passionate about what she does and goes the extra mile to enthuse and support others. The two day workshop ensured plenty time to learn and create on the first day, then master the art of grouting and finishing on the second day. I have come home with a wonderful piece - delighted and proud. Thank you for all the help Maggie. I can thoroughly recommend the workshop and will be returning for more.
Jess - - #14918
This is an absolutely fabulous course. Maggie is inspiring, encouraging, warm, approachable and the 2days flew by. My pal and I had so much fun and produced 3 wonderful mosaics between us.
Maggie studio is a place of wonder and the setting is beautiful; a wonderful retreat from the rush of day to day living.
I would recommend this course to everyone. Maggie is a thoughtful, caring tutor and guides and informs you in the art of mosaic. It was a tremendous experience.
Daryl Brydun - - #14853
I took four children, two aged 10 and two ages 12, and myself for a two hour workshop as a school holiday treat. Maggie was inspiring to work with and more than generous with her materials. She managed to facilitate each of our very different creative processes so that we all came away with a piece we’ll treasure. I can see us returning again in the future.
Vannin - - #14280
It has been an excellent experience to work and learn from Maggie and be in an amazing space with other enthusiastic people. Being an Artist myself with a fair amount of teaching behind me, I especially value and appreciate the input and preparation which greeted us and the detailed instruction of tools, material which took place. Each one of us participants got personal attention, given advice without hindering our own ideas and creativity throughout the two days.
Maggie you are an inspiration and your enthusiasm gives inspiration beyond the time we spend in your workshop. Thank you so much.
Marga Schnell - - #14203
I had the most rewarding two days with Maggie . The whole group were so nice , and so supportive of me ( non artist) , I never felt more comfortable in my life.
100% recommend anyone to go and try this , either with the tile mosaic, or using glass......you are bound to enjoy yourself!
Helen Gauld - - #14192
Thank you Maggie for a super weekend of creative fun. In a world where we all need to stop buying new, and be creative with old stuff, this was the perfect solution. I’m off to restore a sad old table top, and now have some new skills to give it a go. And the friendship and talent input from my 3 fellow workshopeers who each added to the enjoyment. Go Maggie!
Gillian - - #14185
Just finished a weekend workshop at a Pretty Rubbish Mosiacs, my first attempt at mosaic and I enjoyed every single minute. Maggie is an excellent teacher and great host. Her workshop is inspiring and full of amazing treasures. Am looking forward to returning and trying a more challenging piece.
Ann Forrest - - #13693
Had a fab time working with Maggie at Pretty Rubbish Mosaics. She is so helpful, encouraging and definitely the hostess with the mostess. Looking forward to a return visit!
Kimberly - - #13679
Maggie Patience is an inspiration!!! I have been a friend of hers for some years, and although I have never attended a workshop, I have been with her during one and seen how much enjoyment her pupils get, and what lovely work they produce. her own work on display is brilliant. I don't know where she gets her ideas from. What an imagination ! I have no artistic flair, but with her guidance and help have produced some very pretty work. Her garden is a wonderland.
Margaret Ward - - #12946
Maggie has been a regular guest tutor at Braemar Creative Arts Festival for several years. Her workshops always sell out very quickly, such is her well deserved reputation. The feed back we get from the people who take the class is always excellent. She is an artist in the purist sense of the word and is inspirational in her teaching, passing on her passion to her students of all ages from teens to eighties.
Marilyn Baker - - #12632
I booked a weekend course as a birthday present for my mum and was talked into coming along too. So glad I did! I'm pretty much devoid of artistic talent and had never tried anything like this before but had a really great time and was pleased with my finished mosaic. Very relaxed, friendly and great fun. I'd highly recommend trying it out, even for those not particularly crafty or confident, Maggie is very welcoming and has infectious enthusiasm. She can clearly accomdate a wide variety of clients and skill sets. We've already booked our next course!
Katie - - #12597
What a fantastic couple of days at Pretty Rubbish Mosaics with Maggie. She took us through all the stages from tool, materials, design and grouting and we left with three finished pieces and the confidence to carry on at home. Amazing what can be produced from broken cups and plates. A beautiful, peaceful setting and lovely garden showing off Maggie's creations. Hopefully get back soon to do another workshop in glass work.
Shona Cooper - - #12304
Response from Pretty Rubbish Mosaics:Shona, thank you so much for your kind words. Your pieces were fantastic and you really do have nimble fingers .What a pleasure and a privilege to work with you and learn about the fantastic work you do for FORGET ME NOT in Banchory. I really hope that the skills you have learned will enable you to enrich the lives of your clients even more.. and you can let them listen to some nice music!
I loved this mosaic making course. I booked this for my partner and myself and although he wasn't too keen on the idea he thoroughly enjoyed it! Maggie is a great teacher and is full of useful information but makes the course really enjoyable with her easy to follow instruction and fun personality. I will be back!
Lynn Glennie - - #11830
I have just attended a 2 day course with Maggie and had a wonderful time. Maggie is an excellent teacher, extremely passionate and full of ideas and I am now definately hooked and she has given me the confidence to make more mosaics on my own. Thank you Maggie for a lovely 2 days and I can't wait to return again next year.
Angela MacRae - - #10231
I had a great experience at Maggie's recently and, although I don't think I'm artistic, I surprised myself. Maggie is so enthusiastic and encouraging so I felt able to experiment with different pieces and styles. I totally went for it and really enjoyed myself. A tour of Maggie's wonderful garden has me thinking already about my next project. A great workshop which I would thoroughly recommend.
Fiona - - #10221
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! ❤️
Julie Cheesman - - #9819
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!
Penny Trouo - - #9816
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.
Grace Napier - - #9784
We had a wonderful weekend with Margaret. She was so helpful and despite never having done this before, we all left with finished pieces that we loved. Really recommend Pretty Rubbish Mosaics.
Nicki - - #9782
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.
Anne-Marie Trudgill - - #9767
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.
Marilyn Baker - - #9737
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???
Carol Hutton - - #9736
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!
Linda Whyman - - #9727
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.
Graham - - #9726
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 :-)
Sheila Fraser - - #9724
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.
Aileen - - #9719
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.
Maria Spinardi - - #9718
I did the two day workshop and loved it! The workshop is an alladins cave of fabulousness, all of which can be used to make amazing crazy pieces. Maggie is a talented and inspirational lady!
Fiona McCulloch - - #9717
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.
Marcy - - #9716
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Course Start DatesSaturday 23rd June 2018
Saturday 30th June 2018
Monday 23rd July 2018
Saturday 28th July 2018
- Accessible by public transport
- Child friendly
- Suitable for beginners
- Suitable for events & groups
- Teen friendly
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