COURSES AND TECHNIQUES TAUGHT :
one-week (5 days) 40 hour mosaic course.
*The lessons are held by masters who worked in Vatican Studio of Mosaic
■ DIRECT METHOD ON TEMPORARY PUTTY: roman mosaic
The student learns how to sketch the drawing,previously chosen together with his teacher, on the clay or the lime previously spread,and then how to insert the stones called "TESSERAE" in the clay.
When the mosaic is completed he glues a cheesecloth over it. After the cheesecloth dries ,the pupil removes the clay from the back and finally he installs the mosaic in the site it was planned for.The mosaic that is made remains the student property.
This method was invented by Roman mosaic artists and developed from the II century b.C. to IV century b.C. in the whole Roman Empire.
The materials used are polycrome marble.
■ DIRECT METHOD: byzantine mosaic
The student learns the byzantine technique ,in which he,after having spread the lime cement, sets the glass stones (TESSERAE) directly in the lime cement.He embeds them at slight angles in order to reflect the light.The Byzantine mosaic method developed from IV century A.D. to XV century A.D. and used TESSERAE of glass mosaic.The backgrounds in their mosaic were often gold glass TESSERAE.The mosaic,once completed, remains the student property.
■ INDIRECT METHOD: upside down on paper mosaic
The student learns a technique in which he will glue the TESSERAE face down with a water- soluble glue on sections of paper that he prepares in advance by cutting up an actual size drawing of the mosaic's composition.When the glue has dried ,the sections can be installed in the site they were planned for.
This technique was invented by the friulan mosaic artist Giandomenico Facchina in 1880.
■ MICROMOSAIC IN SMALTI FILATI (Coming soon...)
This technique developed in Rome between XVI and XVII centuries.The material used in smalti filati is glass.The mosaic artist melts different pieces of colored glass in a pot under a flame with flat-nose pliers and stretches it into rods 15 to 20 inches long to a desired thickness of sometimes less than one millimeter.After they dry he cuts these rods to a desired lenght and can then insert these TESSERAE in the glazing putty.
Mosaic Art Techniques Picture
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