Introduction to Mosaic Art
Mosaics are assemblages composed of tesserae (small pieces of glass, stone, or other nature-based materials). These fragments are arranged into patterns, pictures, and other decorative designs that are held together by adhesive and/or grout. In this course, we will travel through the history of mosaics, a different period and style per session (Mesopotamian, Ancient Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Islamic, even Modernist Gaudi and Art Deco), and each student will be encouraged to draw (and color) their own version of that week’s decorative pattern or picture. During the last two classes, students will work with tesserae of colored paper (or upcycled material of their choosing), cut to desired size, and glued to a canvas or board as a finished work of art. Class participants will be limited to 8.