Two day mosaic course with Joy Sturgess in Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Duration: 2 days

Price: £110

Run by: Joy Sturgess
at Joy Sturgess Mosaics


33 St Mary's Walk
North Yorkshire
Yo11 1rn

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About the Course

A two day course in making a mosaic for indoors or outdoors using the direct method and mixed media including pottery, pebbles, mirror, along with traditional glass and ceramic tesserae. On this course you are welcome to bring your own broken pottery or other materials to include in your work. You will be able to make, for example, a decorated terra cotta plant pot, or pebbles, a mosaic to hang on a tree, fencing or wall such as a sun catcher, a bird, dragonfly or butterfly, or a design of your choosing. The method involves placing material directly into a bed of cement based adhesive- it is a fun and free way of working. The finished mosaic can be placed indoors or out in your garden to enhance planting or add colour and interest. You are welcome to book two separate days if that suits- email me to arrange this.

​You will be able to learn:
- The direct method of mosaic making working with cement based adhesive
- How to transform a design idea into a mosaic
- How to use mosaic making tools
- How to cut and lay mosaic tiles
- How to apply basic principles of andamento (movement) to your work.
- How to grout and clean your finished mosaic

Joy will support you throughout the process

This workshop is suitable for mosaic novices as well as people who have experience of mosaic
Maximum number of students per course- 6
​Contact me for more information or with any questions. Joy will support you throughout the process, and you will have opportunities to talk about next steps and future projects during the two days.

This course is suitable for mosaic novices or those wishing to extend their practice. You will complete a small mosaic (20cm x 20cm maximum) to take home.

It does not matter if you do not consider yourself 'arty', Joy can help you with any design and drawing required. Small class numbers (max 6 people)

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 materials, equipment and tools are included. (akthough you are welcome to bring broken pottery etc you wish to include in your work.

You will need to bring a packed lunch but tea, coffee and biscuits are included in the course fee (decaf options are available).

Full tuition and support throughout the process.

Joy can also offer bed and breakfast (one double room) for a student/couple who wish to attend her course and make the most of their visit to this stunning location close to Anne Bronte's grave, the harbour and both North and South Bay. Please let her know if you are interested in taking up this offer.

Want to review this course?

I chose this course because it was close to home and I have done mosaic before and wanted to learn a new technique- I learnt how to work on paper initially and also to take note of which way up to lay the tiles when working in reverse- I enjoyed the great level of individual support given. There is plenty of workspace and choice of materials, and lots of cuppas and biscuits! I am very pleased with the shell mosaic I made using the 'crazy paving' style of laying tiles.

- - #14521

I was interested in this course having already done the direct method on one of Joy's courses. I also have wall areas and I think I would have to use the indirect method to cover. I learnt how to use different types of materials and sizes of tile together and also how to make a mosaic on paper initially. I made a 20cm x 20cm wall mosaic of a humming bird. I find Joy an excellent and very patient teacher, and really enjoyed the interaction with other students and the tutor with lots of different materials, everything provided in an airy comfortable work space. We had time to discuss next steps and other courses in mosaic we would enjoy- I do want to continue. I would like to learn more about the design process and working with found objects.

- - #14520

I'm interested in crafts and have always wanted to have a go- I found that you need to have patience but Joy is an excellent teacher and i enjoyed being able to translate one of my own photographs of a puffin into a mosaic design. the course inspired me and I would like now to do another mosaic course using the direct method to make a mosaic with found objects.

- - #14518

I already had some experience of making mosaics but learnt the reverse method for the first time on this course- and learnt all about andamento- flow- in how to lay the tiles. The quality of materials and the tuition on how to plan a mosaic were outstanding, resulting in a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

- - #14301

I made a mosaic (door number) which I am very proud of- Joy was strict about the technique and is a very knowledgeable and supportive teacher. It was an immersive yet relaxing experience, Joy allows you to make mistakes and then learn how to put them right- so you learn skills that you can use on your own in the future- I would like to lean more about designing a mosaic- what works and what doesn't- I cannot think of many better ways to spend a weekend doing something new, creative, exciting and a great relaxation too.

- - #14300

I really enjoyed my two day mosaic course with Joy. Joy was knowledgable, kind and generous with her sharing of knowledge and experience, as well as her willingness to assist. Although I had worked with mosaic in the direct method, the indirect method was really interesting to learn and a very different approach to the way I was used to working. I highly recommend spending time with Joy making mosaics, it is such a relaxing, therapeutic, and enjoyable way to spend the day.

- - #11467

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Course Start Dates

Saturday 7th July 2018
Saturday 4th August 2018

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