Creative mosaic techniques with Guy Portelli

Ref: SWE32225

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About this course

Learn about glass mosaic in contemporary art works, exploring composition in classical and conceptual mosaic work. Explore techniques and materials, including new materials on the market that facilitate the exploration of the creative process.

Course Description

This is an exciting introduction to the world of creative mosaic. You will be working in glass mosaic to create a sample piece on a flat panel.

The focus is on glass mosaic used in contemporary artworks, exploring composition in classical and conceptual mosaic work. You will be shown techniques and materials, including new materials on the market that facilitate the exploration of the creative process.

Your tutor will support you with one-to-one guidance to help you consider suitable subjects and patterns for interpretation.

By the end of the course, you will leave with the knowledge and confidence to take on larger projects at home. You will be given useful information about suppliers and materials.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • On this course, the College will supply all of the materials, including glass mosaic, adhesive and grout.

What students need to bring

  • Sensible clothes for working in
  • Protective eye wear /dust masks
  • Any research or projects

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • General drawing equipment and sketchbooks

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals.


Guy Portelli

Guy Portelli is a sculptor, Author, curator and mosaic artist. Guy has created many large sculptural pieces for private collections and public monuments in the USA and UK. Guy first came into public prominence with his appearance on Dragons Den in 2008.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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Take the next step in your creative practice, with foundation level to Masters in Fine Art study. 

Depending on your experience, start with an Online Foundation Certificate in Art and Design (one year, part-time), a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design made up of 10 short courses taken over two years (part-time) or advance your learning with our BA (Hons) Art and Contemporary Craft: Materials, Making, and Place (six years part-time). All will help you develop core skills, find direction in your practice and build an impressive portfolio in preparation for artist opportunities or higher-level study. See all degree and diploma courses.