Situated in the Angelo Orsoni foundry in Venice, Italy, the Master in Mosaic course  “Living the Venice Workshop. History, Theory and Application of Mosaic Art provides an immersion in the ancient craft of mosaics.
The Master is offered as a 1 and 2 week course and is invaluable for artists, designers, architects and creative individuals interested in acquiring all the theoretical and practical foundations of the ancient art of mosaic. We now offer a 3-day workshop for those with limited time.  Two thematic classes (each 2 weeks) are also offered in Micro-mosaic and Portraiture. Portraiture class is limited to 5 participants.
A Master certificate will be awarded upon completion of the 1 and 2 week courses. The Master is also accredited through the International Interior Design Association (course 5086) and participants receive 3.2 Continuing Education units for one week of participation.
Immersed in the magical atmosphere of the Cannaregio furnace and surrounded by the fascination of glass making, students taking part in the Master experience the evocative spirit of the Renaissance art workshop and also have the option of residing in the elegant rooms of Domus Orsoni.
Drawing from the precious legacy of the renown mosaic instructors, the students will discover the secrets of mosaic, its history and its innumerable possibilities of expression. Becoming true key players in the life of the artist’s workshop, the students will experiment with all phases of mosaic art, from witnessing gold leaf mosaic and smalti production in the incandescent furnace, cutting materials with the traditional hammer and hardie, and learning mosaic techniques.

     Course fees include:

The use of the all equipment and materials required for the course. Students have unlimited access to the extensive array of over 2,000 Orsoni smalti hues and 12 colors and 26 shades of 24k gold mosaic for their first two mosaics. Their third mosaic is limited to smalti only unless they wish to purchase gold.

  •  Orsoni apron.
  •  1 guided tours to the Basilica of Saint Mark
    (optional). The 3 day workshop does not
     include a field trip.
  •  Cost does not include food or 
         ·        Micro-mosaic class: Euro 900    
         ·        Portraiture class: Euro 900
             ·         2 week Master: Euro 1400
            ·         1 week Master: Euro 780
            ·         3 day workshop: Euro 500

     Thematic classes:

    Taught by Maestra Antonella Gallenda, the two Orsoni thematic classes allow for a deeper concentration in the techniques of Micro-mosaic and Portraiture.

    In the Micro-mosaic class students will make their own filati and work on a 10 x 10 cm projects of their own design. They will learn how to mix colors and control the shape 
and  the diameter of the filati. No prior mosaic experience is necessary.

    The Portraiture class allows for a 2 week immersion into the art of interpreting the  human face in mosaic. Students will have access to the 120 flesh tones of Orsoni smalti along with the 2,000+ colors contained in the Orsoni library. Portraits need to be submitted prior to the class for approval and we recommend that students have anatomical drawing experience.

    Accommodation at Domus Orsoni:

·         Students taking part in the Master course may sojourn in the elegant mosaic

     rooms of Domus Orsoni that offer bed & breakfast service. For reservations and

     cost information: Valentina Buranella,    tel  011 39 041

     2759538   fax. 011 39 041 5240736


·        Only students staying at Domus Orsoni have 24 hour access to the mosaic studio


·         Domus Orsoni offers  (dial up) internet access in each room for those wishing to bring their laptop computers  

   Each course will take place with a minimum number
of three students and a maximum number of six participants.

·         To participate in the course, it is essential to fill in the Application Form correctly and send it by fax to Mirta Baratto in Venice +39 041 5240736    

·         A non-refundable deposit of Euro 100 is due upon acceptance of the application for the Master class and 3 day workshops. Euro 200 deposit is required for the thematic classes.

·         The balance must be made by bank transfer or credit card and is due one month before the course begins.

Lucio Orsoni: Founder of the Master in Mosaic program
Antonella Gallenda, Primary teacher: professional mosaicist since 1981, protégé to
Maestro Orsoni
Mirta Baratto: Student Coordinator, Translator and Tour guide, she considers San Marco her second home
Liana MelchiorOrsoni administration and public relations

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