Mosaic Art Lessons at your villa
Mosaic art lessons while on holiday? Villa Mosaica Holidays is aptly named after the décor at our 3 large, luxury villas in Cyprus. Villas Mosaica, Aretousa and Amorosa are decorated with original mosaic artwork, created by local artist Photini Stylianou.
Photini is a mosaic and stained glass artist and works with hand-cut glazed tiles, metallic blended and iridescent glass, mirror, stone, marble gems, pebbles and sea shells.
You can view a collection of her work at .
Born in Arsos, Limassol she has been inspired by the specular mosaic art found at Roman archaeological sites, Byzantine churches and monasteries around the island.
Cyprus is in fact World renowned for its Roman mosaics. A visit to the Kato Pafos Archaeological Park, near Paphos harbour is not to be missed. Here you’ll see 5 Roman villas from the 3rd to the 5th century AD, all named after their well-preserved mosaic décor. The House of:
– contains detailed depictions of the Greek God of wine and fertility.
– mosaics include scenes of Theseus killing the Minotaur and the birth of Achilles
– contains 5 marvellous mythological scenes including Leda and the Swan
– named after Orpheus and his Lyre
– a representation of spring, summer, autumn, winter.
Mosaic art also flourished in Cyprus in the Byzantine period from 330 – 1191. Eastern influences were introduced and special glass tiles called smalti, manufactured in northern Italy. These were sometimes backed with reflective silver or gold leaf so they reflect the light in different ways. While the Roman’s used mosaics to decorate their floors, Byzantines began to cover walls and ceilings.
It is thought that the word Mosaic originates from French and is based on the Latin musaeum, ‘decoration with small square stones’. However, the Latin words are said to have derived from an ancient Greek phrase meaning ‘place holy to the Muses.’ Art that was dedicated to the Muses.
Tessera or tesserae (Latin for stones or dice) is the correct name for the mosaic tiles or pieces. The word Andamento is used to describe the flow of Tesserae.
‘Opus,’ the Latin word for work is used to describe how the tesserae are cut and where they are placed. For example, Opus palladianum is the Latin name for what we’d know today as ‘crazy paving,’ irregularly shaped tiles, laid out in an uneven way.
Mosaic Art Lessons
During your stay in Cyprus, we offer a unique opportunity to find out more about this ancient art. You can enjoy mosaic art lessons at private mosaic classes from the comfort of your villa in Cyprus by esteemed artist Photini Stylianou. Classes are available for different group sizes, at different levels and cover various methods.