Just do it and see.....
GREAT reasons to take up mosaic art
- It doesn't need amazing drawing skills or technical brilliance.
- It doesn't require expensive equipment or take up a lot of space.
- It's creative, fun, relaxing, rewarding, (just what we need right now).
- It's also really easy to pick up and set down, complete a bit more, and a bit more... it is so satisfying watching a design grow... piece by piece by piece.
During coronavirus there has been no fee for this course and now it is a modest £15 - just to cover the cost of hosting the course on this website - I'll keep it at this level for few months from 1st August 2020 hoping even more artists will engage with the process during these trying times. Many have signed up since March 2020, their testimonials are below.
And if you want to make starting your first piece really simple, consider using one of my ceramic pieces (such as the black bird and flower on the short film above), they are available on my website along with many other designs, with a new colourful range every month. (Further examples below).
Mosaic is absorbing & relaxing - making one will push all your troubles to one side for a time, people across the globe have taken up a myriad of new hobbies or returned to those they have enjoyed before, to improve their skills and engage their minds! Just do it and see - make a mess, make mistakes, but above all just pick up some nippers and have a go!
'If you’re looking for something different to try this is a great choice. Anne’s instructions are very clear and easy to follow, it covers everything you need to know and more besides. The projects soon start to take shape and it’s really satisfying to complete something within a short time frame". CLARICE
"Anne is an absolutely amazing teacher! .....Anne's style is perfect for beginners and seasoned artists alike. She is personable, gives clear instructions, and she is incredibly talented! I have watched many YouTube videos on various aspects of making mosaics, but none even approach the accessibility and professionalism of Anne's courses.....the ability to watch a segment, pause the video, try the technique myself, and watch again if I need to is key. Anne encourages learners to develop their own styles, which I greatly appreciate. The only thing I can imagine that would be better than her online classes is being in her studio!.... my thanks to Anne for giving me just the encouragement I needed in these difficult times! BARBARA
"Anne’s course is a beautiful gateway towards developing and enhancing a new skill. Her lessons online are very patient, descriptive, easy to follow and suitable for both beginners and those who are looking to learn more. Every lesson is crafted in a good sequence, providing details of suppliers and material.One of the best things I like about Anne is her involvement with her students and responding to the queries in a very short time.... she also guides and encourages. This made me feel valued and inclusive as she is very much part of your development. I really learned a lot from her ‘cutting techniques’. Finally, If I hadn’t come across Anne’s course, lockdown would have turned into a nightmare! Thank you Anne!" SNEHA
This course is a very thorough explanation of the ancient and addictive art of making mosaics. It also includes precise step by step projects. At first just watch, order materials later. (There are notes about this within the courses.)
- learn the techniques in easy steps
- work at your own pace
- order materials after you have become engaged with the process
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projects to start with...
WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?
- about materials, what is suitable
- how to easily break tiles with nippers
- how to create lively and readable style and flow,
- practical information, bases, glues etc
- how to grout work, so it is waterproof and secure
- ideas for projects - things you can make your house, garden or for gifts
Engage through course comments boxes, email and facebook contact throughout the course. No time frame, just your own pace. Enroll below and have a look at 3 free lessons, including information about supplies and suppliers.
Enjoy watching mosaic grow from a single tile to a finished piece, with the techniques mastered you will soon be proficient to make anything you like, in your own style. Find your own path, gain confidence, remember - you can't make forward unless you take the first step!
This seagull design is created in several colourways and is completed in different shades of grout.
Here's a few other projects you might care to try....
BRAND NEW COURSE MAY 2020 ...
Pots and Pictures using China (pictured above) £55
Recycle that saucer... Car boot sales, thrift stores, junk or charity shops, garage sales, in every part of the world someone is disposing of old china - beautiful patterns and forgotten designs will bring your work to life in a way that manufactured tiles cannot do. This course shows you how to safely and creatively use china in some imaginative and accessible projects. This course also repeats the basic principles included in the Magic of Mosaic.
Garden Ornament design course (pictured below) £25
A fab little course that includes projects with no cutting, these are such a popular project, a favourite with my students and make a great impact in the garden dotted around in the flower beds, mounted on stakes or in water features.
Imagine - mosaics, glinting and gleaming in your garden or pots all the year around...
Click through to read more - without obligation or commitment.
This course also repeats the basic principles included in the Magic of Mosaic.
click here for Both courses as a bundle £68.
l teach mosaic every week and I have been doing so since 2005 (an enforced little break just now, sadly...). As a graphic design graduate working in top London consultancies I had been making decisions about colour and style for years, it was easy to transfer this creativity to mosaic art.
Nearly two decades later hundreds of students have passed through my doors and I've loved helping them immerse themselves in this wonderful art. I also run residential courses and school groups (see my website). Scroll down for samples of their work and my own portfolio.
When I wrote my book, 'Stylish Mosaics', I brought my many years of mosaic experience together by producing a book. Now I have done the same with this online course, but this time with lessons supported by video, notes and commentary.
I'm sorry the world has become a scary place, immersing yourself in some mosaic magic might just make life a little more bearable. Mosaic is very enjoyable to do alone or in a group - making community projects may be something to aim for in the future.
Remember to visit the FACEBOOK page, there is also a comment opportunity on every page to help us keep in touch and there is a feedback form within the course where you can comment and upload work (at the start for easy navigation, but fill it in when you finish).
My ceramics for your art
Ideas for your mosaics.....
These ceramic shapes are designed to enliven any mosaic... they are 4mm so match almost all commerical mosaic tiles. I especially love them with the soft hues of Cinca matt tiles or Mazurka, also matt but bright and intensely coloured tiles. (Both UK locations that ship internationally, The Craft Kit is known as Mosaictraderusa.com in the States)
For ever changing inspiration visit my website.... new designs are posted about twice a month. www.annecardwell.co.uk
...pop one into a mosaic.... this one is teamed with my handmade tiles for it's border, with Cinca and Mazurka tiles for the background.
MORE OF WHAT YOU SAID:
(student responses from within the courses)
I am so glad I found this website - I am a complete beginner to the world of mosaic art and found the instructions clear & concise. Anne’s teaching method is excellent, she is very skilled and imparts her knowledge in a friendly and easy to understand format. The absolute best online mosaic site I have found - have recommended it to many. Thank you so much Anne! Alison
Thank you Anne, for making your courses available online at this time. I first attended 2 of your courses in person many years ago and LOVED everything to the extent that I got my own tools and tiles and I was off, making my own designs and exploring different styles! However over time, I did less and less mosaicing and felt I had forgotten what I had learned, and lost confidence. Lockdown brought me back to your classes, this time online, and I am off again, with new skills, fresh ideas, and a renewed enthusiasm for this amazing and absorbing form of art. Your videos are SO clear and helpful (very skillful teaching) and you have responded to my queries so quickly. Thank you again. Reni
Thanks for your replies, Anne. I like the way your web site and on-line classes work. Thanks so much. I am learning a lot. Diane
That was a fantastic course. Such detailed info. Thank you for making it available! Now to get my hands dirty. Dimple
You make it look so simple, I don't feel as intimidated. Thank you Anne! Liz
Thank you so much for your precise and clear instructions for beginners Glenyse
Absolutely lovely work to inspire and those painted tiles amongst the smalti are just amazing. Love them! Linda
Thank you very much. Your work and classes are fabulous! Sandra
Anne, thank you so much for your generous spirit in bringing these tutorials to us, free of charge! I am learning so much and you have given me such a lovely day in isolation. Gratitude!! Karen
Thank you for a great course I learned a lot and cant wait to apply it to my mosaic art work. Mary
"am loving it, thank you for getting me hooked"
"generous, thorough & helpful information"
"Anne shows the methods very clearly and it's easy to understand the principles involved. Really enjoying this course and learning so much".
"Wonderful course. Improved my techniques overnight!"
"All good advice and the cutting styles are very clear when you hear it from Anne."
"This course is amaaazing!! I love the style and colours of the mosaics. I've been looking for a new hobby that I can do at home and this fits the bill perfectly".
"really informative, mosaic has improved my free (too much of it at the moment) time 1000%!!"
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Frequently Asked Questions
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what my students have made...
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