Monday, April 27, 2015

THE mosaic school: Scula Mosaicisti del Fruili

Catalog cover 2012

Created in 1922 in the city of Spilimbergo, Italy, the Scula Mosaicisti del Fruili set the bar for professional mosaicists.  It is still the premier school for anyone serious about mosaic art and techniques. 

The original study periods were structured into three years. The curriculum included subjects of general study along with development of drawings, sketches and cartoons (a mosaic outline). Practical exercises in mosaic and terrazzo were taught in a lab. Shortly after its creation, the school was asked to complete the mosaic series for the Foro Italico sports complex in Rome. The series covers nearly 10,000 square feet.
Mosaic at Foro Italico

Today the school attracts people from all over the world, who come for their professional, short, or family programs. They have an objective to combine tradition and innovation. They continue traditional subjects such as mosaic and terrazzo, but also computer graphics, mosaic design and color theory. The current professional programs offer studies in architecture design and contemporary art restoration. 

This video is an interview with the president of the school, Alido Gerussi (in Italian, but with my rudimentary Spanish, I was able to understand most of it), and virtual tour of the school and its beautiful mosaics. There is also a demonstration of cutting smalti with a hammer and hardie and a fascinating look at how they store their glass. (The music is a little annoying, so either mute or turn it down.)

May all of your scores run true!

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