Student Mosaics




Tuesday Evening Mosaics

Blue Mountains Creative Arts Centre, cnr Hare and Moore St, Glenbrook

Term 2 - 7 sessions, Tuesday evenings 6.30-9.30 beginning on 31st July

This fun and practical class is suitable for students of all levels.  If you've always wanted to learn to mosaic or wish to improve your existing skills, come and join us and make a mosaic for home or garden. The class is limited to 12 people.and this is a popular course and is often booked out.   If you are interested for net term, contact me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Perth - Texture and Light 22/23 September 2018 - A few places left 
Time: 9 - 5 both days
Where: Frendz Arts and Craft Supplies, Clarkson
Cost: $250 MAANZ members and $260 guests (includes some materials)

This course looks at creating visually exciting modern mosaic pieces working with cement-based adhesive (thin set). We look at the possibilities of working with texture, colour and light by exploring different laying styles and using a range of different materials using the direct method and working with tinted cement-based adhesive.  Colourants, substrates, hanging hardware and full notes are supplied but you will need to bring your own tools and materials.  

This workshop is not for beginners but rather aimed at people with some mosaic experience who wish to try new things and bring their work to a new level. This workshop aims to give attendees ideas, inspiration and techniques to create individual, original and vibrant modern mosaic art. Each participant will work towards a small hanging mosaic 25 cm x 25 cm  to their own design, suitable for either interior or exterior display. There is a maximum number of ten participants. 

Book now!  $100 non-refundable deposit secures your place.  Contact Dorothy: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you have any queries about course content - email me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Social and Talk - Adventures in Italy - Perth - 21 September

We are planning a social evening/talk while I am in Perth.  I will share my experiences at two international symposia in Italy hosted by Guilio Menossi where 10 invited artists created works to a theme.  There will be wine and nibbles and the opportunity to ask questions.  Email Dorothy to express your interest.  There will be a small charge. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Springwood Community Arts - Mosaic: Building on the Foundations 

November 3 and 4 - 9am - 5 pm

I will be running two consecutive one-day courses aimed at improving your understanding of the basic principles of mosaic to enable you to take your work to the next level.  You can do one day or both, with a discount if you book for both. Both days are intermediate level and aimed at people who already have a solid grounding in mosaic making.

.Day 1- Understanding Andamento

This day gives you a through grounding in the visual grammar of mosaic by looking at both traditional and modern andamento and understanding how to apply them to your own mosaics. This course is theoretical and consists of presentations and exercises on paper.  No drawing skills needed.  There is no actual mosaic making in this course but you will leave with a practical understanding of the grammar of mosaics and the effects that can be achieved to take your work to the next level.  Full course notes and exercises are provided.

Day 2 - Understanding Values, working with light, dark and contrast

Value, (how light or dark something is) is an important concept in art.  Particularly in mosaic, the correct use of values can contribute enormously to the “readability” of a piece.  Using a mix of theory and practical exercises both on paper and with actual mosaic making, this course aims to give you an understanding of the concept of value and the tools to use it effectively in your own mosaic work. Note: This is a mainly theoretical course, the mosaic making will be to produce samples rather than creative pieces.


Hughes Studio at Woodford Academy

Moving into the Third Dimension - Making and working with dimensional substrates

Sat 30th & Sun 31st March 2019
Hours: 10am - 5pm Daily
Fees: $385 including materials and GST. â€‹Deposit: $110  

This course introduces students to making and working with dimensional substrates for mosaic. On day one, students learn two methods for making lightweight non-flat wall-hanging substrates suitable for interior or exterior use. Following this each participant will be supplied with a small (approximately 20 x 24 cm) half made folded or undulating substrate. This substrate will then be completed under direction then allowed to cure overnight ready to be mosaiced on the next day. On day two students mosaic the substrate that they completed the day before.

For more details see HERE or email Caitlin Hughes on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Travelling to Teach 

I have just updated my booklet 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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