Large Scale Mosaics with Gary Drostle


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CMS welcomes back London based artist Gary Drostle back for this exclusive opportunity to learn about creating large scale mosaic projects. 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.


It wasn’t so long ago that if you had any interest in mosaics you would think of Italy, probably Ravenna first and Spilimbergo second and so the very fact that you are thinking about Chicago and mosaic schools in the same thought means that the mosaic world has shifted on its axis. Not just slightly, but one of those tectonic lurches that none of us can ignore. – H.M, Scotland 


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Date Time Teacher

[Wed-Sun, 10/24-10/28, 2018] [9am-5pm] DROSTLE – C9018, [Wed-Sun, 2/21-2/25, 2018] [9am-5pm] DROSTLE – C9003


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02/21 - 02/25
10/24 - 10/28

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