The Art of cutting and shaping Images
Students will be introduced to the basic mosaic techniques, to the theories of colour and to the materials used for the creation of a mosaic. They will also receive basic notions about the different mosaic styles, particularly the Roman and Byzantine mosaics present in Sicily. They will learn to cut the materials available (stones and marbles) with the traditional tools and will be introduced to the complexity of a fascinating technique that requires all round skills.
TIMING AND CONTENT
Introduction to mosaic tools and materials; preparation and cutting of materials; introduction to the different adhesives and grouts.
THE FIRST MOSAIC WILL BE COMPLETED
Preparation of a second mosaic with a more complex design which will require a higher skill in the cutting process. It will be conceived on a larger scale and all the students will be
IN THE MORNING the mosaic will be completed and assembled.
IN THE AFTERNOON guided visit to the Roman Villa of Tellaro near Noto, to see the Roman mosaics within.
Guided visit to the Roman Villa of Piazza Armerina.
Villa Romana del Casale, Piazza Armerina | Mosaic
The VCU - Virginia Commonwealth University class at work | Marble cutting on hardy
The VCU class at work | Some tools
The VCU class at work | Cutting mosaic
The VCU class at work | Different kinds of marble
The VCU class at work in the Academy
The VCU class at work | Working on the first mosaic
The VCU class | The final result