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Mosaic workshop australia

5 day Mosaic Workshop - BOOK NOW!

hammer t_animadoStudio OzMosaics Brisbane: 2022
Mosaic Mural                                                
5 day Mosaic Workshop 
max 6 students

Dates TBA

Please phone Dave Robertson 07 3847 4873 to book in or discuss your workshop.

Arrive Sunday to settle in/orientation or arrive by 9am Monday.
Depart Friday evening or Saturday morning.

$750.00 (incl gst) - Deposit $200 - Book Now.     Includes tuition|adhesives|grout

Mosaic materials + substrates extra.
Shipping mosaic home extra.
Contact OzMosaics to discuss your project, design + base.
B&B shared accommodation available at extra cost. (see below)
-Discuss your project + design with Sandy prior to workshop.
Suitable for beginners or experienced mosaicists wishing to learn Sandy's mosaic tips & tricks!
*A fabulous week of mosaic making in Brisbane!
* Lots of fun, excitement and of course mosaics!
* Learn many mosaic methods and exciting techniques.  


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This 5 day workshop enables students to create a hanging, mosaic mural on Marmox Board or cement sheetin.
Consider a face, pet or abstract mural.




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Perhaps you would like to do a modern version of the Empress Theodora?
Learn to create mosaic designs + colour + andamento.
Combine materials such as smalti, jewellery, ceramic, glass, mirror, slate, stone and more!
Lessons will include the use of all mosaic tools, including hands-on use of jigsaw, wet saw and hammer and hardie.
Methods will include mosaic on mesh, direct, undulating substrates and Marmox reshaped.
Sandy shares her amazing tips + tricks including 3D + special effects.
Experience pique assiette Sandy style with thinset, epoxy paste, Mac glue, Weldbond plus sanded and epoxy tinted grouts.
Students may wish to keep their mosaic to a suitable size if shipping home after the workshop. (Discuss with Sandy after booking in).
Students should expect to complete their mosaic in 5 days.
Each day will have a mix of mosaic instruction & samples - with ample afternoon time to work on your mosaic project.


Book early to avoid disappointment.
$75.00 per night per person incl light breakfast & lunch.  2 students per room.
Rooms are spacious and comfortable.
Wine and beverages extra.
Breakfast, t
ea & coffee, biscuits provided.
We are able to provide lunch if requested.
Special needs/diets - please advise (milk, tea, coffee etc).
You are welcome to bring your own snacks, coffees, tea etc.

A pool is available by the studio. Bring your togs!
All linen, towels and pool towels are provided.
Hair dryers included in each bathroom.


2 students may share this space:
1 x queen size bed in bedroom
1 x Queen fold out lounge in lounge room
Ensuite + kitchen facilities are shared in the Granny Flat.

2 students may share this room which opens to a large covered deck with a fridge and tea/coffee making area.
2 Queen Size beds in one large room
Separate toilet and bathoom 
Ceiling fan

If we are booked out or you prefer your own private room, motels are close by.
Dave will collect and return you to your accommodation daily.
See Accommodation in the side menu for more info. Nearby Holland Park Motel or Kirkland Avene B&B Coorparoo.

Breakfast/lunch/evening meals 
-may be prepared by students in our granny flat kitchen or provided by OzMosaics and added to your final checkout account.  

Breakfast is included.
Students may wish to prepare their own meals in the Flat kitchen or OzMosaics will cater for you and add to your final account.
You are welcome to bring your own food items, special drinks or snacks. 
You may shop locally on the Sunday - Dave will drive you to local shops or let us cater for you.   
Cafes and restaurants are within walking distance.  Take away can be ordered in.

Please arrange your own transport to/from OzMosaics by bus/train/taxi etc or contact Dave for more information.   
You may wish to take the airport train connections to Coorparoo Train Station and Dave can collect you.  
Keep it simple!
Old, comfy clothes suitable for messing with mosaics!

Phone/camera, laptop, notebook, swimmers, joggers for studio safety, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, apron etc.
Coorparoo is suitable for morning walks with local parks, cafes and streets to jog or wander if you wish!

A great mosaic experience!  
Mosaic Work & Play!  Nip, shape, smash & crash like you never have before! Go beyond the mosaic limits!

A comfortable, air-conditioned studio awaits for you to create and learn.For more information on accommodation, catering, what to bring, transport etc. please email or phone Dave Robertson at OzMosaics Studio 

07 3847 4873 or email the Studio.  
What do you want to  learn? Let Sandy know and we will try and incorporate into the workshop.

Shop at OzMosaics:
Materials for your workshop:
Bring your own or purchase from our well-stock mosaic store.
Eftpos, credit card (Visa/Mastercard) accepted. We do not accept America Express.

 Know your glues!  
OzMosaics uses professional Laticrete Australia products.  Students will take their mosaic art to new heights using thinset (cement based adhesives), epoxy grouts and adhesives, sanded grout, Mac glue, Weldbond, waterproof membranes and more.  

Special effects are Sandy's mosaic forte!  

Students at the workshops may not video OzMosaics workshops or studio and projects, without permission.
Sandy's techniques are for students only - not to be uploaded to Facebook or given to other mosaic teachers, without Sandy's approval, during the workshop or afterwards.  Mosaic teachers are welcome to book into a workshop. This is fair to Sandy and Sandy's enrolled students.

It has taken Sandy many years of hard work, experimentation, community and public mosaic projects/teaching near and far, and hands-on experience to hone her techniques.
Permission must be sought to share media or notes and shared information must give due acknowledgement to Studio OzMosaics/Sandy Robertson. 
In due course, OzMosaics tutorials and mosaic projects will be available in MOSi, Mosaic online School, where OzMosaics students and others interested persons may enrol in MOSi. 
This will be very exciting and OzMosaics students will be offered special incentives and discounts.
Students attending OzMosaics workshops may be photographed and filmed during the workshop.  
You will be offered the chance to be excluded if this does not suit you, but you are assured of fun  -  often it will simply be "hands on views".  

 Feedback from a 5 day workshop:

Photos below are of past 5 day workshops at OzMosaics Studio, Coorparoo Brisbane Qld Australia.

Thanks to all who attended!
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The 6 students had a wonderful time!  

Thanks so much to everyone who attended this mosaic workshop. Students came from Perth, New Zealand, NSW and Queensland to experience a week of mosaics with Sandy.  The wet saw demo was a great success and one student Carol, was totally into cutting her plates, vases, cups etc for a beautiful mosaic Florist Shop mural for her home, inspired by Oliver Budd.  A mosaic zebra, 2 mosaic mirrors, a mosaic garden rock, New Zealand flowers and other mosaics were in the making during the mosaic week.  
Lots of time was spent by Sandy demonstrating mosaic techniques, sharing tips and tricks and we also found time to run a few mini mosaic computer sessions - the students were very interested to learn how to enlarge designs, photos etc for their mosaic murals etc. Happy times were spent sharing food, wine and conversation on Sandy's Queenslander deck after the workshop.  We had two guests stay in our B & B, thanks to Shar and George for your company, friendship and of course mosaic enthusiasm!

Student feedback: 
by Margaret Laasonen WA (thank you Margaret, hope to see you again soon!) hugs Sandy

In January I was lucky to attend a week long Mosaic Marathon Workshop run by Sandy Robertson in Brisbane. 

I first met Sandy 6 or 7 years ago on Norfolk Island when she was an artist in residence for a mural project to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Pit Cairn Islanders arrival on Norfolk Island and always said one day that I would visit her studio in Brisbane on my way home from one of my annual visits to Norfolk Is. This course was timed just right and what a full-on week of mosaicking it was!

Sandy and her husband Dave live in a big Queenslander house in the hills just south of Brisbane. Backing board and vase ready.

They have accommodation for out of town students (with full board as an option) and I had the upstairs 'Diva suite', and downstairs was a lovely 'granny flat' used by Penny from Adelaide. The house and garden were more like an art gallery, full of Sandy's mosaics. Downstairs was completely given over to the mosaic classes, a large air conditioned studio which led out to a lovely pool, a well-supplied shop and a work area which was Dave's domain.

Sunday, our first class and we were in the studio by 8:30am - our mission (project) - to make a 3D vase of flowers on a black cement board with the tiles we were given and any wine bottle, old china plates, cups, mugs, beads, copper wire, mirror glass from the 3d elements create the composition. Huge stacks of stuff that Sandy had on shelves, in shopping trolleys , in buckets and jars, around the garden and studio.The most important thing we had to use was the thinset, a 2 part latex mortar adhesive, the mainstay to building a 3D design. We had to use black for our vase of flowers but the latex can be mixed with white or coloured grout to achieve any colour. We learnt how to smash wine bottles to use for leaves, cut petals from china, pipe thinset to be part of the design, make stamens from copper wire, and much more.

Sandy's enthusiasm and energy was amazing and by 5:00pm we had eight fantastic and each very different vases of flowers, some of us were still adding finishing touches at 6:30. Grout, gold and wire all add interest.On Monday we cleaned up our 3D flowers then started our planned projects, while waiting for help from Sandy. I didn't have a big project planned but wanted to learn and practice using smalti.Sandy and Dave stock a new glass smalti from China -Dynasty - it comes in an Antique and Modern range with about 100  (264!) beautiful colours in each. I loved it.

Just as well I didn't want to work on my own project, there was so much going on,Sandy would buzz around from student to student calling out to come and see how to do this and how to fix that, it was a real hands on learning experience. There was a wonderful camaraderie among the eight students. Wactually worked quite hard but loved what we were doing, laughed lots and had fun !

Sandy and Dave are a great team, Sandy our inspiration and motivator with Dependable Dave as support to cut boards, prep substrates,  find stuff, serve morning tea and lunch by the pool, prepare great dinners, fix tools, run to the shops for French Champagne.

By Tuesday we had added butler to Dave's list of jobs and he brought champagne, glasses, and nibbles down to the studio every day at 5:00pm !

Friday arvo arrived all too soon, Dave carefully packed precious projects for their trips home, and we celebrated a wonderful week of mosaics, new friends and great fun with Indian takeaway, and of course champagne, on the lovely Queenslander verandah.I flew home to Perth on Saturday full of inspiration and even more enthusiastic for my hobby of mosaics. I'm sure I'll be detouring to the OzMosaics studio on another trip to Norfolk Island soon.  Happy Mosaicing, Margaret

What a great gift for someone special (Birthday, thank you, anniversary, Valentine's Day, or early Christmas ....!)

Imagine working on your mosaic every day, no packing up each night, sharing mosaic stories, adventures with other mosaic enthusiasts and having a wonderful time at OzMosaics Studio!

 mosaic-workshop-ozmosaics-laticretePhoto courtesty of Gail (c)

8 students (Virginia, Penny, Sara, Gail, Denise, Lesley, Margaret, Stephanie with Sandy Robertson and Nick Collett from Laticrete) enjoying a fun and informative time with Laticrete epoxy grout demo!

gail-step-biloela-ozmosaics-workshop-ceramic-tilePhoto courtesy of Gail (c)
Gail is delighted to report that her mosaic on fibreglass mesh to decorate her front "entry site'" fits and will be installed soon!  Great news!  Can't wait for photos of installed mosaic.  It travelled back to Biloela well and Sandy explained to Gail how to ensure "the pieces stay put" during the drive home.  Can't wait to see what Gail does with the torso she poured here during the workshop.  Her letter "A" mosaic, which Dave cut out of our mOzboard (light weight board) looks scrumptious decorated with mosaic, featuring 3-D and the push-in to cement method.  The 5 day workshop was not just about making a mosaic, but working on samples of methods, watching many mosaic tutorials and demos by Sandy and being "inspired beyond belief". 

Champagne + Thai Food after the workshop! Photo courtesty of Gail (c)

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OzMosaics provides a safe, happy environment for the making of mosaics! award-mosaic

Situatied in the hills of Coorparoo, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia our grand old Queenslander provides a mosaic haven for mosaic artists.

Students visit from around the world to learn with Sandy Robertson. 

Dave Robertson, Customer Service & Sales Manager takes pride in running the business, co-ordinating the Mosaic School and Workshops, plus shipping out mosaic orders on a daily basis! 

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