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Introduction to Mosaic Artwork

A course by Gary Drostle
Mosaic Artist. London, United Kingdom.
Joined September 2020
, Mosaic Artist

Learn how to create a timeless mosaic from its design to the final polished piece, using the traditional paper-face technique

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  • 100% positive reviews (370)
  • 11356 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Learn how to create a timeless mosaic from its design to the final polished piece, using the traditional paper-face technique

  • 100% positive reviews (370)
  • 11356 students
  • 19 lessons (3h 50m)
  • 8 additional resources (4 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
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  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
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Mosaic artwork is one of the oldest art forms in history. Dating back to several thousands of years ago, the mosaics have been built throughout Ancient Rome and Ancient Greece. This intricate artwork continues to be popular today, and renowned mosaic artist, Gary Dostle is here to teach you how to create this traditional piece of artwork.

In this Domestika course, discover how to bring to life a colorful mosaic of a koi pond—with the option to transform it into a table-top if you choose. Gary guides you step-by-step through the detailed, yet fascinating process.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Preparing to Make Mosaics
  • U3
    U3. Designing Your Mosaic
  • U4
    U4. Making the Mosaic
  • U5
    U5. Fixing and Grouting the Mosaic
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Begin by getting to know Gary. He shares his artistic journey and shows you some of his remarkable commissioned work. Hear about the artists and artwork that have inspired him and have shaped his work.

Dive into mosaic-making by learning a bit of history and exploring different techniques. For your course project, the reverse onto paper technique, also known as the paper-face technique, will be used. Gary covers the safety rules to follow when making your mosaic before going over how to work with cement and setting up your workspace.

Design your mosaic by looking at koi pond image references, and choose the one that inspires you most. Gary guides you through the process of making a rough sketch of your design, and shares tips on drawing water effects and creating depth with shadow and perspective. Then, learn how to finalize your design by drawing it in full scale and in color.

Start making your mosaic by selecting your tesserae (mosaic pieces) and cutting them correctly. Explore how to lay your tesserae uniformly and harmoniously using the andamento technique. Learn how to make a basic yet effective glue before applying the tesserae onto your paper design. Next, see how to carefully cut the different sections of the mosaic into manageable pieces.

Discover how to safely make cement before mounting your mosaic pieces together. Gary guides you step-by-step on how to carefully assemble and mount your pieces on a board or table-top with cement. Add the final touches to your mosaic by learning how to grout and clean your piece. Wrap up the course by seeing how to transform your mosaic into a table-top, if you choose this option.

What is this course's project?

Create a koi pond mosaic from scratch, with the option to transform it into a table-top.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone interested in learning how to create mosaic artwork.

Requirements and materials

No previous experience is necessary.

To take this course, you need a variety of materials. For the design stage, you need paper, drawing and color pencils, a marker, and a ruler. For the mosaic, you need mosaic pieces, materials to make glue (salt, flour, water, sauce pan and access to a cooker). For the table, you need a backer board, a trowel, cement, grout, a sponge, a bucket, and a cotton rag. Garry explains in-detail each item in the second unit, and gives recommendations on what to get.


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Gary Drostle

A course by Gary Drostle

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Gary Drostle has been a professional mosaic artist in London for over thirty years. After studying at the three top art schools in London (Camberwell, St Martins, and Hornsey), he went on to create large scale painted murals. After being asked by a client to create a mosaic in 1990, it unknowingly changed the course of his career.

Since then, he has completed many large scale mosaic commissions around the world. His work has received recognition from organizations like The National Terrazzo & Mosaic Association of America, The Society of American Mosaic Artists, The Prix Picassiette in Chartres, France, and The Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers in the UK.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Preparing to Make Mosaics

    • The Techniques of Mosaic Making
    • Health and Safety in Mosaic Making
    • Tools and Materials of Mosaic Making for This Course
  • U3

    Designing Your Mosaic

    • Design Ideas, Inspiration and Materials, and Checking the Dimensions
    • Creating the Small-Scale Design: Using Light and Shadow to Add Depth and Reality
    • Creating the Full-Scale Cartoon
  • U4

    Making the Mosaic

    • Selecting Mosaic Tesserae
    • Tesserae Cutting
    • Andamento
    • Making the Pasta Amido Glue
    • Building Your Mosaic 1
    • Building Your Mosaic 2
    • Building Your Mosaic 3
    • Dividing the Mosaic
  • U5

    Fixing and Grouting the Mosaic

    • Preparing to Fix Your Mosaic and Mixing Cements
    • Fixing the Mosaic
    • Grouting Your Mosaic
  • FP

    Final project

    • Introduction to Mosaic Artwork

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Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need to complete a specific project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the teacher and with other students, creating a dynamic course community.

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Introduction to Mosaic Artwork. Craft course by Gary Drostle Best seller

Introduction to Mosaic Artwork

A course by Gary Drostle
Mosaic Artist. London, United Kingdom.
Joined September 2020
  • 100% positive reviews (370)
  • 11356 students