The city of Rome is known for its rich history.In addition to the tourist attractions, it is also fun to walk through the Monti district.
This hip neighborhood attracts many creative people, musicians and artists.The street scene is typically Roman surrounded by restaurants and modern authentic shops.
Opposite the apartment where I stay is studio Cassio. Located in Monti. Studio Cassio specializes in the craft of ancient Mosaic.
In addition, they have also opened the doors to the public. By appointment, you can learn how to make this old form of art.
A day after my arrival in Rome I have an appointment in the studio. I am greeted with a Buon giorno by Gilliane.
As an introduction, I get a small tour of the studio and she tells passionately about mosaic and the Italian history.
After the introduction, I can take a seat on a wooden workbench that comes directly from the Vatican. She shows which materials were used at what time.
Today I can work with marble stone.The course has a duration of three hours. We work in such a way that the art object is actually completed within the time frame.
To get an idea of how to cut stone into pieces in a traditional way, I can get to work with a hammer and hardy.
As a newcomer to this technique, it does not go fast nor in equal pieces.They have already taken this into account in the course.
Soon there are four trays containing pieces of marble in 4 different colors and equal particles put on the table.Then I can choose a pattern that I will work with.
I place the pattern on a rectangular sheet.
When she has put me to work she continues with an assignment on request.
The assignment I have chosen requires a certain technique.Very different compared to the mosaic that I make at home. Gilliane knows how to help and correct me when I get stuck.
Not too little is this course accessible to everyone.After I have laid the pieces of mosaic on the pattern, another rectangular sheet with a cement mixture on it is placed on the pattern.
The two discs are turned over and the marble stones are now in the sheet of the cement mixture.The pattern in cement mixture is not yet completely dry and is dried dry.
During the time that Gilliane dried my work, I had the opportunity to take more photos of the studio.After such a course you will not go home empty-handed.
You will receive your home-made work with you.
The workpiece is as good as dry and will have to dry out even further on arrival in my apartment.On the back of the workpiece, I put the date, place of making and my signature.
I am as proud as a peacock after making this special mosaic workshop.
Following a mosaic course is definitely recommended if you visit Rome!!!
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