Teaching Mosaics

Teaching Mosaics in 2015

Workshops for the Castlemaine, Bendigo & the Ballarat region

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 5 years of full time Fine Art University studies and nearly 25 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 kiln room adjacent to my studio and Castlemaine Press (Community Access Print Studio) will be up and operational by mid 2015. My studio had a major renovation in mid 2013, and is now a thermally stable, comfortable creative oasis all year around.

2014 was a really busy year for me with work in several group shows, Teaching and attending 2014 American Mosaic Summit in Houston Texas, traveling in Cuba. Mexico and various commissions. 2015 will open with a major work (RKM) presented as a key part of the 2015 Castlemaine State Festival Visual Arts Program, private commissions, studio workshops and various other exhibition plans for later in the year.


A new initiative trialed 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.

2016 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.



Saturday 30 April, Sunday 1 May + extra  studio day Monday 2 May
$390 includes all materials, gourmet morning and afternoon tea and lunch Sat and Sun (BYO provisions on Monday)

Mosaics are not hard to get right but they are really easy to get wrong. Start off on the right foot with Helen, as she steps you through a potted history of this historic medium, classical design and construction principles and how we apply them in design, cutting and construction of modern mosaics today. A friendly, easy environment for the mosaic newcomer.


Saturday 8, Sunday 9 October 2016 + extra studio day Monday 10 October 2016

Students of this class must provide their own tiles, table top and table base OR arrange for Helen to source them for a small additional fee.$390 includes all materials, gourmet morning and afternoon tea and lunch Sat and Sun (BYO provisions on Monday)

Creating mosaics that appear to float on clear glass, or to make faux stained glass are just a few exciting glass on glass mosaic applications. There are some clever tricks and vital adhesive advice Helen will share in this workshop.


Saturday 12, Sunday 13 November 2016 + extra studio day Monday 14 November 2016
$340 includes drawing materials, gourmet morning and afternoon tea and lunch Sat and Sun (BYO tesserae and provisions on Monday)

Email: helen@hbmosaics.com for workshop registration details

Download the Registration Form here…