MOSAIC TILE ,MAKING ART CLASS 

We are a multimedia teaching art studio offering a variety of  classes. We teach a beginner’s mosaic tile making art class where you learn to cut and lay in artistic patterns bits and pieces of ceramics, glass, wood and other materials to make beautiful mosaic tiles, table tops, kitchen back splashes, and benches. This introductory mosaic class exposes you to the materials and techniques you need to know to make unique mosaics. Just about anything can be turned into a mosaic: tiles, plates, glass, beads, pebbles, buttons, and other items. What you need is the right tools, adhesive, grout and imagination.  In our four hours class you will make a beautiful mosaic tile, frame or mirror.

WHAT YOU GET IN THE MOSAIC TILE MAKING CLASS 

  • Substrate to mosaic frame, mirror, paperweight
  • Learn to cut glass and ceramics to make your mosaic scrap
  • What Tessera is
  • What you can use to make mosaics
  • What adhesives you can use
  • How to grout
  • Click here to see our price list

You can complete and grout your piece in one session is you work quickly but for a piece that is more robust and will last longer we recommend you wait 24 hours for the adhesive to set before grouting the pieces.  Click on calendar to see when the next mosaic class is scheduled and to register in a class.

If you have attended our mosaic class or have mosaic experience and are looking for a place to work please check out our Open Studio Program.  If you need help with a specific project, please contact us and we can consult with you and help you along with any roadblocks you may have.

History of Mosaics

The earliest example of mosaics dates back to Mesopotamia in about 3000 BC.  Mosaic is the assembly of pieces of rock, stone, ceramics, glass, an other materials into a pattern or image. Maybe mosaics where the first expression of people trying to beautify their environment through means that where constructed instead of naturally created like gardens or landscapes.  Maybe as humans we went from trying to find shelter, to trying to make our own shelter, and then trying to beautify through means like mosaics long before we discovered latex paint and home depot.

 GROUTING 101

For those of you taking the class and have the homework of grouting or want to take on the challenge of grouting at home, we wrote up some safety tips and instructions below:

Safety

 You used broken objects of glass and ceramics in your mosaics so please is careful when grouting because edges are sharp.  Use thick gloves to protect you. Do not throw the grout down your sink, or clean up grout in your sink!  Grout is basically a form of concrete, if it goes down your sink you may have a very expensive plumbers visit. When mixing grout you should use a safety mask since it poses a dust hazard.  You also should use gloves when handling grout. All tools and containers you use for the grouting process should never be used for food again.  We recommend you mix your grout in disposable containers like the kind you get when you get Chinese takeout.

We use Mapei white sanded grout.  For safety information and MSDS you can go to there website here.

Mixing Grout

When mixing grout just add a few drops of water at time. And mixed until all the water is absorbed. It is easy to add a few drops, but if you don’t always have enough grout to dry it up. Use half the grout first and add water just in case you add too much you have some dry power to dry it up. You are looking for peanut butter consistency. Let the grout sit for 10 minutes before using.  This process is called slaking and it gives time for the grout to suck up the water.

How to Grout

Take a glob of grout and start to shove it in to the nooks and crannies, until you have covered the whole piece.  Sometimes you have small spacing between you pieces and the grout won’t go in there until you push it in. Wait usually about 10 -20 minutes. Using a semi dry sponge and a clean edge, pass the sponge from left to right.  Turn the sponge until you have another clean edge and run another swipe. Don’t worry about cleaning it all off this round, because you should wait another 20 -30 minutes and repeat step 3 one more time. If you have gotten all of the big grout off your pieces, you are done, go to step 6.  If you have not, repeat step 3 after waiting another hour until you is satisfied. The purpose of waiting is to let the grout continue to dry. Wait 24 hours and using a clean paper towel and some Windex, remove the left over residue.

Tips

Use clean water when you are removing the grout Keep your sponge semi dry, you don’t want to introduce water into the grout. Reveal the bodies, if you have 3D objects work around them to reveal the pieces around them, you worked so hard to put them there, dig them out.