Mosaics for All
Tutor: Rosalind WatesCourse Code: 3320-10


Make a mosaic using beautiful glass and ceramic tesserae. A choice of projects will be available, or you can bring your own. You will learn how to cut and arrange the tiles, and how to grout and complete the mosaic. You will also learn a little about mosaic history and some of the traditional patterns which you can incorporate into your design if you wish.


During the course you will learn how to design and work on your own mosaic, and improve your skills if you already have some experience. In particular, you will learn how to:

  • Cut the tesserae to form a variety of shapes and sizes.
  • Arrange and fix the tesserae in an appropriate way to form the overall design.
  • Understand the basic patterns and designs used in mosaic.
  • Gain an awareness of some of the techniques employed in mosaic making, and some of the possibilities.

There will be a choice of projects to work on. However, if you have a particular project in mind, do contact the tutor in advance if you would like to discuss it.

Please bring with you

Wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.
Optional: bring along any ideas or materials that you might like to use.

The following items can be purchased from your tutor

All mosaic materials for designing and completing a small mosaic are available for purchase on the course, price £10 - £35 per mosaic. This includes mosaic base, tiles, glue, and grout.


Suitable for all levels

Course Location

Missenden Abbey
Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire HP16 0BD


Rosalind Wates

Rosalind Wates

Rosalind Wates is an experienced mosaicist, renowned for her public art projects up and down the UK. She works in a variety of styles and materials, mainly to commission: her clients have ranged from film stars and billionaires to public bodies and local communities. Although versed in traditional mosaic techniques, she constantly explores the creative possibilities of the medium to produce new work. As well as producing mosaics, Rosalind also teaches and has carried out TV and radio work. Her book, The Mosaic Decorator’s Sourcebook, has been translated into several languages and is sold worldwide.

12th to 14th Aug 2020
Wednesday to Friday

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9amCoffee on arrival
9.15amWelcome and tutor introductions
9.30am-1pmTeaching session
1-2pmLunch for all
2-5pmTeaching session
6.45 for 7pmDinner for residents
7-9.15amBreakfast for residents
9.30am-1pmTeaching session
1-2pmLunch for all
2-5pmTeaching session
6.45 for 7pmDinner for residents
7-9.15amBreakfast for residents
9.30am-1pmTeaching session
1-2pmLunch for all
2-5pmLast teaching session

"Very good tutor - a lot of different materials.  The food and accommodation was very good." (August 2018)

"Thank you Roz, it was a lovely break for me and an interesting creative adventure!" (August 2018)