Creating Large Scale Mosaics with Gary Drostle at The Chicago Mosaic School

The Chicago Mosaic School
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 to Sunday, February 25, 2018

This 5 day workshop will address considerations, organization and logistics that go into producing large scale and public works.

Students will learn the indirect technique of using paper as a temporary support for creating large scale mosaics.The technique enables the creation of larger works off-site and in smaller sections and is particularly useful for creating floor mosaics and working with community groups. The technique is also widely used for creating wall and ceiling mosaics. The course will also cover: design considerations; creating a full scale cartoon; selection of suitable materials; project planning; making glue; determining Andamento; progressing the works; sectioning the mosaic; organisation and logistics; paper faced mosaics in transit; site set up; site lay out; equipment; health and safety; professional installation; fixing; paper removal; grouting; troubleshooting; snagging…. and much more. As much of the course as possible will be taught using hands-on practical work with each student creating their own mosaic panel as well as working on a collaborative large scale work.

Gary Drostle has been creating large scale mosaics using the paper faced reverse technique for over twenty five years, undertaking major commissions across the UK and in the USA, Canada and South America. His work has won numerous awards including the National Tile Contractors Association (USA) award for best mosaic in 2011 and the SAMA MAI Best in Show award 2013.

1101 W. Granville
Chicago, IL 60660
United States