Instructor: Laurel True

Dates/Times:Dates and times of next class TBA - please call or send us an email if you're interested in taking this course.


Description: Thinking about making a mosaic for your home? This is the perfect class for you. Instructor Laurel True has almost 20 years experience in the field of mosaics and has completed hundreds of permanent installations in homes, businesses, hotels, schools, parks and more across the United States.


This is a lecture and demonstration format course that focuses on wall and floor applications as well as other permanent installations.


Class will begin with a digital presentation of instructor's architectural work including floors, walls, back splashes, fireplace surrounds, floor and pavement insets, large scale mosaic murals and other site specific work in residential and commercial spaces. Using a mock-up of a kitchen backsplash and an example of a mosaic floor installation, students are taken through the steps required to complete a successful and durable mosaic application. Class will cover issues involving choosing the proper substrate, dealing with existing substrates, prepping surfaces, work styles and preparing the area to do a project, correct setting materials, choosing the right type of tile or other tesserae, designing for an architectural application, transfer techniques, methods of setting, including use of fiberglass mesh and other face and back mounted off - site construction methods, mixing thin-set and concrete based fixatives, grouting, caulking and finishing a permanent application. Special focus will be given to dealing with architectural issues such as thresholds, trims, pipes, plumbing, fixtures and appliances, baseboards, expansion joints, sub flooring and more. Students should expect to take notes and will receive handouts with technical and resource information.


This is an important technical class for those who want to experiment with more permanent mosaic applications and do them right! Students will see the process of creating a permanent mosaic installation with some hands-on opportunity. (Students do not make an individual project in this class).


*Please note: This is not a setting class. It is expected that students will be able to combine this information with basic setting and mosaic skills they already have.


Level: Any introductory level mosaic class

Class price: $195

Materials fee: n/a

Class size: Minimum 6, Maximum 10