Mosaic Summer School with Rosalind Wates – 29th July to 2nd August 2024

Mosaic Summer School with Rosalind Wates - 29th July to 2nd August 2024

Now such an established Phoenix summer event, I actually don’t think it would feel like I’d had a summer if we hadn’t hosted Roz’s Mosaic Summer School.  Some come along for yet another week of absorbing mosaic summer madness!  

This mosaic course is intended for the new & experienced mosaicists alike. Spend a week being absorbed in your project in the fine surroundings of the studio and the meadow. The longer duration gives you a chance to try out new techniques and ideas with the tutor’s assistance. Materials are available; you can also bring your own. Contact Roz beforehand if you’d like further information.

This fun summer school includes:

  • Informal, relaxed & attentive guidance for every student, provided by Roz Wates
  • Step-by-step demonstrations covering…
  • How to plan your design so it is ready for mosaicing
  • How to cut your tiles to the shapes you want
  • How to fix the tiles in place
  • How to grout and finish your piece

Suitable for?

Anyone regardless of experience – we generally limit the age to 16 years old+ though.

What is included in the price?

  • Five days tuition and creative support by Roz Wates (10am-4pm)
  • Tea, coffee & biscuits (regular students often bring cake!)
  • Use of a beautiful, purpose built art studio with all the equipment & tools you will need
  • Beautiful countryside setting

Additional costs:

  • Unless you bring your own materials, you will need to purchase some of your materials for the course
  • They tend to be between £20 and £35 depending on what you make.
  • Payment for any materials can be made at the close of the course.

This course is for you if:

  • You want to explore your creativity but lack the confidence to do so on your own
  • You want to get away from it all and immerse yourself in a fun, creative environment
  • You want to try mosaics but don’t have the tools or materials to do so
  • You’re a wannabe Roman!

Pre course prep

It’s a good idea to bring along some design ideas to the course, although be flexible about how you might use them. Everything, including design inspiration, is available on the course to make and complete a mosaic (although students are welcome to bring along any materials they might have). So you don’t have to bring anything along unless you’d like to (except a picnic!)

Need accommodation?

If you are travelling from further afield and would like to stay in the area for your visit then have a look at our recommend B&Bs and hotels.  Click here for the list.

Beyond The Course

Having been to a course at the Phoenix Studio many of our students choose to explore the medium further. They may come on another course, start coming to our Creative Monday Sessions, evening sessions or carry on independently at home. We are more than happy to help and advise you in taking those first creative steps!


Five day course: £550

Materials are not included but are reasonably priced – £25 – £40 depending on the size of your project.

For more information and to book, contact Rosalind Wates directly by email or call  01844 274417.


Rosalind Wates

Roz is an experienced mosaicist, renowned for her public art projects up and down the UK.

She works in a variety of styles and materials, mainly to commission: her clients have ranged from film stars and billionaires to public bodies and local communities. Although versed in traditional mosaic techniques, she constantly explores the creative possibilities of the medium to produce new work. As well as producing mosaics, Rosalind also teaches and has carried out TV and radio work. Her book, The Mosaic Decorator’s Sourcebook, has been translated into several languages and is sold worldwide.

Brought up in the English Lake District, Roz studied at the Decorative Arts in London before specialising in the art of mosaic. She’s heavily influenced by the natural world and the work of her uncle, the late artist Patrick Heron. Brought up surrounded by his abstract expressionist paintings, colour has always played an important role in her work.

I’ve loved my career in mosaic making, and it’s a great pleasure to pass on the joy of it to other people. One of the good things about mosaicing is that it’s so accessible to beginners, and at the same time provides endless adventure and challenge for experienced mosaicists. I’m a great believer in providing a thorough grounding in basic mosaic skills: armed with these, students can go on to tackle just about anything they want to. It’s brilliant to see what amazing, unique, and beautiful mosaics students create!

Rosalind Wates – Course Tutor

Roz gets wonderful feedback from the people who attend her courses.  Here are just a couple of testimonials:

Doing mosaics without Roz now would be almost inconceivable. The combination of the Studio, its surroundings, fellow mosaicists, and Roz, has an extraordinary dynamism. Attending a course at the Phoenix Studio is to have a somewhat Zen like experience; and what drives each individual is the subtle and often humorous way which Roz supports and enhances the desire to make interesting and beautiful mosaics. For its regulars and frequent attendees, the mosaic courses have become a family, with newcomers feeling instantly at home; where ‘cake o’clock’ and lunch are the focal points of the day, before the click of nippers at work resumes. If you’re thinking to try a mosaic course, I’d say “don’t hesitate!”

Sonja Drexler

Mosaicing is a fascinating past-time and Roz provides not only an excellent introduction to the age-old skill but also encouragement and development for those who’ve been making mosaics for longer. Add to that the delightful and creative environment on offer at Phoenix Studios and a splendid weekend is guaranteed. Thoroughly recommended!


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