Teaching Mosaics

Teaching Mosaics

I really delight in passing on what I know about art and making mosaics to motivated adults hungry for information about this unique, historic medium. After 8 years of full time Fine Art University studies and nearly 30 years of full-time professional practice I am well qualified to teach what I know. My studio workshops are designed to be an immersive experience; where technical and historic information, the savouring of a carefully assembled library and fine music are complemented by lovingly made gourmet tucker and local wines. I work hard to ensure that the whole weekend provides high quality learning with an utterly enjoyable social experience.

Suitable to both beginners and more experienced practitioners of mosaic, my workshop participants often come from across Victoria, interstate, and occasionally overseas to attend. Many of them return for further workshops (and not because they didn’t learn anything!) The environment of Lot 19 is very inspiring in itself, with 29 resident artists and a rolling suite of music and visual art events held across the industrial/bush landscape throughout the year.


A new initiative trialled in late 2014, Helen will open her studio to past students for one day (untutored) access. It’s a bit of mosaic hospital for problem patients or just that extra time needed to keep the momentum behind a project. Open Studio access days will be monthly, Contact Helen directly for details.

Mosaic Workshops

Catering to the Castlemaine, Bendigo & Ballarat region

10% discount if booking more than 1 place or for more than 1 workshop

These workshops are not focused on making a work in a weekend (although some people do that). They are about sharing best practice information and skill-building.


INTRODUCTION TO MOSAICS : SATURDAY 6 & SUNDAY 7 APRIL (+ extra day to finish work Monday 8 April)

This workshop is perfect for either the mosaic newbie or the mosaic wannabe. Starting with a brief slide lecture providing an overview of the history of mosaics, we will endeavour to start and finish a mosaic of each student’s choosing. The mosaics will be made on 30 x 30 cm timber panels, suitable for interior wall installation and can be made using pebbles, glass, marble or ceramic. All materials except smalti will be provided.

MOSAIC COLOUR CONSTRUCTION : SATURDAY 6 & SUNDAY 7 JULY (+ extra day to finish work Monday 8 July) – FULLY BOOKED

SATURDAY 30 NOVEMBER & SUNDAY 1 DECEMBER (+ extra day to finish work Monday 2 December)

Colour construction is a very important but little explored area of mosaic practice, and this workshop is designed to enhance our understanding of how colour works and why. As mosaicists we need to do more than simply apply standard colour theory principles in our work, but consider colour construction as a means to maximise and at times compensate for this unique medium that also possesses light refraction and particular 3-dimensional qualities. This workshop is ideal for the experienced mosaicist. All materials except smalti will be provided.

WHITE ON WHITE MOSAICS : SATURDAY 21 & SUNDAY 22 SEPTEMBER (+ extra day to finish work Mon 23 Sept)

Removing all considerations of colour from mosaic leaves us with the potential for expressive rendering using: shadow (with differing tesserae heights or an undulating substrate), colouring of the interstice, advanced andamento and exploration of nuanced tones in white. This workshop will explore how to maximise such monochromatic subtleties to create mosaics with shifting fields of visual focus. This workshop is ideal for the experienced mosaicist. All materials except smalti will be provided.


Email: helen@helenbodycomb.com for workshop registration details

Download the registration form here: 2019 Mosaic Workshops with Helen Bodycomb.