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Drawing Andamenti and Tessellation for Mosaics

no drawing experience is necessary to take this class!

“Andamento” refers to the “course” or lines that tesserae are laid in to make up a mosaic. Andamento was developed in harmony with the natural way our eyes perceive form and line. In Figurative work the andamento mirrors the natural form of the subject, whereas andamento in abstract work tends to be a bit freer, however, no less important to understand in creating harmonious perception for the viewer’s eye.

This course tends to lean a bit more toward figurative andamenti, but also touches on the importance of how it can be used in contemporary and abstract mosaics as well.

Studying how to draw and plan out andamento and tessellation of mosaic lines is of great value before creating a mosaic, and, as with most disciplines, continued practice of these principles eventually becomes more 2nd-nature and really pays off in the successful expression of mosaic work.

In this course students begin by learning the principles of classical andamento through brief lecture and by studying, tracing and following one of several classical or Byzantine mosaic choices offered.

From here, students learn how to apply andamento principles to an image which is not an existing mosaic, using classical and/or contemporary sized tessellation.

Finally, students explore and apply these principles to their own personal works. Students are asked to bring in their own designs, photos, or images to work with for this exercise. Figurative, realistic, and abstract images can work. 

This is a drawing workshop and no actual mosaics are made in class. Students go home with informative handouts and all drawings that they complete along with additional images for future practice at home.


This is a class for the serious mosaic student who is ready to knuckle down, work hard and discover how the classical principles of mosaic can be of value in developing your own mosaic voice. During class, we'll be busy learning together.  Outside of class, expect the joy and camaraderie that comes from being on a great learning journey together.

MKMosaics Studio-San Francisco, CA

July 5-7, 2019

Drawing Andamenti and Tessellation for Mosaics




Semi-private rate: $450

Private rate: $550

Materials Fee: $20 paid on first day

Register: kruzline@gmail.com

Classes at MKMosaics Studio are kept to a maximum of 3-4 students. To run a class must have a minimum amount of 2 students.
Please do not delay in signing up. 
Many people come in from all over the United States for class and need to make travel arrangements.

Class is a go when the minimum amount of students sign up. 
If the minimum amount of 2 students is not met one month prior to the course, I will contact any student signed up to ask if they would like to pay the “private” rate and keep the class as scheduled. If the single student does not wish this, the class will be cancelled and they will have the option to reschedule or receive a full refund.

Deposits, Tuition and materials fees are refundable up to 30 days prior to the start of the class. 

If student cancels after 4 weeks from class start date a refund will be made minus $50.00.
We will take payments for class with last payment to be made one month before class. 

Please contact me at kruzline@insf.net to make arrangements.

My studio is located in an artist’s collective called “The Point” in the Hunter’s Point Shipyard in the Bayview area of San Francisco. Though it is accessible by Public Transportation, this area takes quite a while to commute to and from, therefore it is advisable to have a car. Once registration and payment are received I will send you more detailed information about your course and how to get here.


Held at diMosaico-Tucson, AZ


November 7-9, 2019


Instructor: Michael Kruzich
Sessions: 3, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10:00a - 4:00p
Level: Any
Cost: $375
Materials:   $20 paid first day of class