About the class:
This fun one-day class will offer a unique introduction to early 4th century Christian mosaics. Specifically, you will make your own mosaic (approx. 8×8 inch mosaic & 10×10 inch with frame) while learning about the ancient mosaic techniques as practiced by the early Christians of the Roman Empire. All supplies including fine Italian marble and natural stone will be provided. You will be guided step-by-step as you make your mosaic while enjoying great fellowship coupled with a selection of fine Italian wines. Lunch will also be provided.
No previous experience is required, so join us and quench your thirst for ancient art. The goal of the event will be to relax and escape for a day while you acquire hands-on experience into how the early Christians created their timeless mosaics. By the end of the class you will get to take your masterpiece with you to enjoy at home or give away as a gift from the heart. Space is limited so enroll today!
About the Class Instructor:
The class will be led by Micah G. Andrews. Micah received his formal training in Byzantine mosaics while studying in Ravenna, Italy under the tutelage of Luciana Notturni; professor of Byzantine & Italian mosaics. His studio is based in Phoenix, Arizona where he makes traditional Byzantine mosaics for various churches, monasteries and private owners.
Examples of Micah’s mosaic work can be viewed at
About the Mosaic:
You will make a colorful mosaic that will focus on the ancient “Chi Rho” design. The “Chi Rho” design is one of the earliest Christian symbols, formed by the first two (capital) letters—chi and rho (ΧΡ)—of the Greek word ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ (Christos). The Chi-Rho symbol was first used by Saint Constantine the Great (4th century) who was also the first Christian Roman Emperor. Ancient Church tradition tells us that Roman Emperor Constantine ordered that the “Chi Rho” symbol be emblazoned on the shields of his soldiers to ensure protection from Rome’s foreign enemies. Hand tools will be provided and required for cutting and chopping marble/stone materials. Although the class is tailored for adults, teenagers (13 and over) are welcome to register if they are eager learners.
Early bird registration online ends 9-30-19:
$65 (includes mosaic materials and lunch)
Regular price is $95.
(Class is limited to 25 students so register early)
11:30-12:00 Doors Open: sign-in/ make final payments
12:00- 12:30 Introductions (wine served)
12:30- 1:30 Video demonstration of planned mosaic; how to properly cut stone/marble, learning mosaic adamento (direction of mosaic pieces)
1:30 Lunch served (buffet): attendees will eat at their own leisure
1:30-5:00 Students work on their individual mosaic
5:00 pm Vespers (All are welcome to attend service or continue to work on their mosaic if necessary)
Tutorial video of “Chi Roh” Mosaic: