Mosaic: The Basics

3 mosaic projects. Suzanne Fisher works on a colorful design on a wall. A backsplash for a kitchen range. Suzanne Fisher working at a table on a mosaic project
 Detail of a mosaic pattern on a flat surface
 A wall-size mural is being built. Suzanne Fisher is on a ladder at right.

Date: June 14-16, 2019 (Summer)
Medium: Glass
Instructor: Suzanne Fisher (email)
Skill Level: All

The beautiful and ancient art of mosaics involves many artistic skills: choosing the colors like a painter, cutting the tiles like a sculptor, and weaving the pieces together like in a tapestry. Students will create two small mosaic panels from start to finish, nipping shards of ceramic or glass, laying and gluing the pieces to mesh, and then cementing and grouting their artwork to a rigid cement board or stepping stone that can be framed, placed in a garden or used as a small tabletop. No previous mosaic experience necessary, just the desire to have fun putting together broken pieces!

Tuition does not cover the cost of supplies and materials. Many of the workshops require you to bring specific materials or tools with you.

Supply List

Supplies are subject to change. A final list will be emailed to each participant before the first day of class.

  • nippers
  • small sketch book with ideas or to take notes
  • any other additional materials
  • 1 small bottle of Aleene's tack glue
  • apron to cover clothes

Studio Fee

All workshops have a studio fee. Fees are collected at the end of the workshop and payable by check or credit card. MU no longer accepts cash.

Estimated studio fee for this workshop: $35-50*

*The final cost may vary depending on the actual cost of materials at the time of the workshop. It is possible for fees to be less or greater than the range indicated depending upon individual student usage.

About the Instructor

Suzanne Fisher received her BFA in painting at Miami University, and her MFA in painting at the University of Cincinnati. She learned mosaics on her own, when she was given a commission to make a 28 foot long mosaic for a restaurant in 1995. Since then she has completed many large scale mosaic murals for various clients including Towne Properties, Southern State Community College, and the Kenton County Public Library in Covington, Kentucky. She has received grants for her mixed media paintings from the Ohio Arts Council, Summerfair, and the Kentucky Foundation for Women.