Techniques of Byzantine & Early Christian Mosaic




12 February 2024-
16 February 2024




The King's Foundation School of Traditional Arts


This course provides an introduction to all aspects of traditional mosaic. By making two small mosaics, students will learn the principles with which Byzantine mosaics were designed and the techniques employed to realise them.

Students will use traditional materials, including glass tesserae from Murano in Venice and hand tools that have been in use since Roman times.

Rather than laying the mosaic tesserae in reverse, students will learn a ‘direct’ form of mosaic developed in Ravenna. In the ‘Ravenna method’ tesserae are laid into a temporary lime putty base before being transferred to a permanent mortar.

Over the five days, there will be opportunity to create two small mosaic studies based on a choice of Byzantine and Early Christian models.

Who is this course for?

All levels of ability and experience are welcome. You must be aged 18 or over to participate in our programmes.

What should I bring to class?

All materials will be provided.

Please wear comfortable clothing that you do not mind getting slightly messy. Avoid wearing baggy clothing (especially sleeves), loose jewellery, high heels or open-toed shoes.

What days do I attend?

Monday - Friday, 12 - 16 February 2023

How many students can attend?

12 people

Where will this course take place?

This course will take place at our studios at The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts, 19-22 Charlotte Road, London EC2A 3SG.

Do you offer concessions?

Yes, we offer concessions for full-time students and Seniors/60+.

Concessions cannot be applied in retrospect. To receive a concession, please apply via our online form. We will then send you a discount code to use when booking your space.

Terms & Conditions

The School reserves the right to discontinue or suspend a Course up to fourteen (14) calendar days before the advertised start date of the Course. This course requires a minimum number of enrolments to run.

Our normal terms and conditions apply.

Tutor Biography

Martin Earle

Martin Earle is an artist specialising in creating works for churches.

Martin has experience in a broad range of projects both in the UK and internationally. As well as painting in egg tempera and gilt, he carves in wood and stone, makes mosaics, and creates designs for other makers to execute. His aim is to profess that ‘The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory’.

Along with his colleagues Aidan Hart and Jim Blackstone, in 2023 Martin co-founded the Chichester Workshop for Liturgical Art. Working in collaboration with Chichester Cathedral, artists in the Chichester Workshop undertake commissions and offer an education programme that includes both practical artistic training and theological engagement with the principles of Christian iconography.

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