Southbank Mosaics: Art and design training for school children

Type of service provided:

Education, Health and Well Being, Employment, Training

Age Range:

8 – 18 years

The Service:

Southbank Mosaics are running their award winning courses for children interested in art and design for special needs students in the new academic year. Students make mosaic work for exhibition and develop their personal portfolios in a professional artisan studio.

Who is the service for?

This is for individual students and groups interested in art and design. We work with mainstream and Special Education Needs children. We also accommodate parents and SEN assistants or teachers. All children have the option of taking accredited courses in Level 2 (Introduction to Mosaic Making: Towards Employment) and every child who has taken a course with us in the past, has successfully achieved credits, awards or certificates. Some children have been coming to us for 5 years, with two students returning to volunteer at our sessions. Our central London location means we also visit the many galleries, festivals and events in the vicinity.
Teachers who want to use mosaic making in their work with children in
school also come to us for our evening and weekend courses.

Criteria for access to service:

Paid for service: £480 for term, one day per week. Can negotiate bespoke service. Evening and weekend courses for teachers and adults start from £150.00.

Accessibility of this service

Sessions for groups and individual students have to be allocated according to our opening hours and tutor availability. Our sessions for schools are run Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am – 4pm during school terms. We unfortunately cannot accommodate wheelchair users as we are based on a church crypt with no lift.

How this is provided:

Through direct contact.

How can I access this service?

Please contact our studio directly through or calling us on 02076206070. We welcome a discussion about any individual learning needs.

How is this service funded?

Commissions, Training, Adult courses, Schools, Fundraising with Trusts and foundations

Do you need to pay for this service?


Confidentiality and Impartiality

Data Protection Act. All staff are DBS checked. Experience of working with 15 Southwark Schools and local authority.

Useful to know

School Term only.

Training provided:

We provide a safe and nurturing environment where students can learn the practical skills of mosaic making, working on their own projects or contributing as part of a team to our public realm projects. We help each student to write an individual learning plan to capture their own goals and intentions and regularly review the plan with them to make sure focus is maintained.

Students will be able to gain the following:

• Design skills
• Mosaic making, fixing and installation skills
• Understanding of how to price their own work (if they wish to sell work)
• Understanding of how to operate and behave in a working art studio
• Experience of team work
• Patience and delayed gratification
• An understanding and insight into their own power to create
• Civic pride at seeing the work they help to make out on the streets
• Enhanced feeling of wellbeing
• Accredited qualifications (optional)

Drop in service

Please arrange an appointment with us if you want to see our studio and discuss training with us.