Design and Create Portuguese Ceramic Tiles

A course by Gazete Azulejos
Portuguese Tile Atelier . Porto, Portugal.
Joined November 2020
, Portuguese Tile Atelier

Learn how to make vibrant, handmade tiles by exploring clay modelling and traditional painting techniques

  • 98% Positive reviews (50)
  • 1254 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
Design and Create Portuguese Ceramic Tiles

Learn how to make vibrant, handmade tiles by exploring clay modelling and traditional painting techniques


  • 98% Positive reviews (50)
  • 1254 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: English
  • Level: Beginner
  • 12 Lessons (1h 38m)
  • Available from the app
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

In a country so rich in culture and history, Portugal’s colorful azulejos (ceramic tiles in Portuguese) are a picturesque part of their national heritage. Porto-based atelier Gazete Azulejos has made it their mission to preserve the historic tiles. Marisa Ferreira and Alba Plaza, founders of Gazete Azulejos, are here to teach you how to make them.

Travel to the vibrant streets of Portugal by learning how to recreate the charming ceramic tiles that adorn the country’s buildings. Discover traditional tile-making and painting techniques and create beautiful decorations that can add color to any space.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Materials, Patterns, and Painting Exercises
  • U3
    U3. Making the Tiles and Painting Techniques
  • U4
    U4. Portuguese Patterns, Uses, and Handling
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Meet Marisa and Alba. After seeing the emblematic azulejos disappear around Portugal, Marisa and Alba set out to preserve this historic part of the country’s heritage. Subsequently, in 2016, Gazete Azulejos was born. Hear their story, their mission, and their inspirations.

First, Marisa and Alba go through the tools and materials needed in the course, including how to safely use them. Next, learn how to prepare the mold to correctly cut the tiles and see how to make a pattern stencil to paint your first tile. Then, practice painting your designs on paper while hearing some painting tips and correction techniques.

Create four tiles by molding and cutting the clay as Maria and Alba guide you through the process. Discover how to glaze your tiles with the Majolica technique. Paint your first tile using the stencil made in the last unit. Learn the traditional Sgraffito technique for the second tile and the Strezido technique for the third. Finally, experiment on the final tile by combining different techniques.

Afterwards, Marisa and Alba talk about different patterns you can create with tiles. Wrap up the course by learning how to properly care for your tiles and get Marisa and Alba’s tips on using them to decorate your home.

What is this course's project?

Create four ceramic tiles and paint them using traditional Portuguese techniques.

Who is it for?

This course is for anyone passionate about ceramics or art, from beginners to professional artists.

What you need

No previous experience is necessary.

For this course, you will need ceramic materials like clay and glaze, tools like a rolling pin and a cutter, ceramic paint, access to a ceramic kiln oven, among other material, which Marisa and Alba will specify in the second unit.


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Gazete Azulejos

A course by Gazete Azulejos

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Marisa Ferreira is a multidisciplinary artist from Portugal, and Alba Plaza is a graphic designer from Spain. After meeting in Porto and realizing that the city’s traditional tiles were being destroyed due to reconstruction work, the pair set out to protect them, creating their tile atelier Gazete Azulejos in the process.

Gazete Azulejo’s mission is to research, promote, and preserve the emblematic Portuguese tiles. They catalog and recreate traditional tiles to prevent them from being replaced with industrial, uni-color tiles when buildings are restored. They also run workshops that teach others how to create these colorful ceramic tiles.


Contents

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Us
    • Influences
  • U2

    Materials, Patterns, and Painting Exercises

    • Materials
    • Preparation for the Techniques
    • How to Paint, Tips, and Corrections
  • U3

    Making the Tiles and Painting Techniques

    • Molding and Cutting the Clay
    • Glazing and the Majolica Technique
    • The Stencil and Sgraffito Techniques
    • The Strezido Technique
    • Combining Techniques: Freehand and Stencil
  • U4

    Portuguese Patterns, Uses, and Handling

    • Types of Patterns. Creating Patterns through Repetition
    • Applications and Care
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Design and Create Portuguese Ceramic Tiles

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Design and Create Portuguese Ceramic Tiles. A Craft course by Gazete Azulejos

Design and Create Portuguese Ceramic Tiles

A course by Gazete Azulejos
Portuguese Tile Atelier . Porto, Portugal.
Joined November 2020
  • 98% Positive reviews (50)
  • 1254 students