Student Mosaics



Tuesday Evenings at Blue Mountains Creative Arts Centre, Glenbrook

We have just finished Term 4 - details for Term 1 2018 to come soon, so if you'd like to join the class, watch this space.

Birds, Blooms and Butterflies

Hughes Studio, Woodford NSW, 24th & Sun 25th Feb 2018
Times: 10am - 5pm each day
​Fee: $350 plus $50 materials (inc GST)
​Booking Deposit: $110 (non refundable)

Brighten your garden with lasting, weather proof mosaics themed on Birds, Blooms & Butterflies in this workshop hosted by Hughes Studio at the historic Woodford Academy.. Learn to make and mosaic your own garden pieces using lightweight mosaic board suitable for exterior use. By the end of the course, students should be confident in making both mosaic shapes on stakes for the garden, and for hanging outside. 

Cutting and prepping the shapes, mosaic making gluing and grouting will all be covered and students will leave with their own mosaic creation or two to take home. for more information and bookings, see Caitlin's website.

Teaching in Brisbane

Delighted to announce that I will be running three courses at the Creative Glass Guild in Brisbane in May 2018. More info and links to booking for all three courses HERE  Book soon to take advantage of early bird rates!

Bend Fold and Undulate

Thursday 24 May – 10.00 am to 5.00 pm 
Learn different methods of making dimensional substrates for mosaic, using fibreglass mesh and cement-based adhesive, to make two lightweight wall hanging substrates of your own design. Substrates are made in two stages and you will finish yours at home. Marian will supply a half-made folded or undulating substrate to complete during course so you get hands-on experience. At the end of the day you should be confident to design and make your own substrates.
Prerequisite: Some mosaic experience desirable and will be particularly useful for those who want to move beyond the flat surface.

Cost: $160.00 (Early Bird if paid by 28 Feb); $190.00 thereafter. Includes materials and full course notes.
Maximum numbers 8.

Note: There is no mosaic work in this course.  Add on Into the Third Dimension and spend the day mosaicing your dimensional substrate. 

Into the Third Dimension 

Friday 25 May – 10.00 am to 5.00 pm

Build on the Bend Fold and Undulate course and learn strategies of designing for, and working on, substrates that are not flat, using tinted cement-based adhesive. Mosaic your substrate, completed during the Bend, Fold and Undulate course, with mosaic materials of your choosing.
Prerequisite: Completion of full day Bend Fold and Undulate either at Creative Glass Guild or another venue. Some mosaic experience required.
Cost: $140.00 (Early Bird if paid by 28 Feb); $170.00 thereafter. Includes course notes, adhesives and colorants but not mosaic materials.You will need to supply mosaic materials sufficient to cover a substrate about 20 x 24 cm. You may purchase art glass at the Guild, 9:00am, before course starts.
Maximum numbers 10

Working with Smalti 
Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 May – 9.00 am to 5.00 pm
A traditional mosaic material, having unique properties with light, smalti has been used for thousands of years to produce mosaic work. Discover the history of smalti and differences and similarities between the different makes. Explore visual effects achieved by different ways of laying smalti. Learn how to cut using modern cutting techniques to work towards a mosaic (25 x 25 cm) of your own design.
Prerequisite: Intermediate mosaic experience – experience with smalti not necessary. Not suitable for beginners.
Cost: $270.00 (Early Bird if paid by 28 Feb); $330.00 thereafter. Includes course notes and materials except smalti. You will need 1-1.5 kg of smalti (about $40.00 to 65.00). Marian will advise how and where to obtain after registration. 
Numbers:Maximum 10

Travelling to Teach in 2018

I am currently arranging to teach workshops outside of NSW in 2018. Queensland in May and Adelaide in June and hope to be adding more Australian dates. Watch this space.

I have a booklet available of available course offerings.  If you would like me to come and teach for you, either in Australia and abroad, please contact me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Book me for a Workshop or Presentation
I have extensive teaching and speaking experience and am happy to travel. In the last year or so I have taught workshops in the USA, Canada, UK, New Zealand, Perth, Canberra and Sydney and had several speaking engagements.  If you are interested in hosting a workshop, please contact me.  A booklet of course outlines in electronic form is available on request.
 Presentations or workshops on working with smalti are available in conjunction with Smalti Australia.
I am now living in the Lower Blue Mountains and I am happy to provide 1 to 1 or 1 to 2 customised mosaic sessions in my home studio for people either with some mosaic experience, or for experienced artists in other media who wish to explore mosaics.  If you are interested, contact me. 
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