Do you remember my post “10 times squared” a few weeks ago? There, I’ve told of the first experiments with the martellina and 10 squared tesserae we had to cut as first task here in school.
Now I actually heard from my design teacher that the first mosaic exercises for a freshman here in Spilimbergo a few years ago looked very different: The first semester actually consisted of cutting 100 tesserae of the exact height, width and depth of 1 cm. Not more and not less. Cheating didn’t work, because the pieces had to fit into a form made for this purpose. Without glueing them.
The second task of the first semester was to cut extremely exact triangles, quadrates and pentagons. That’s all you did in 5 months.
Honestly, I don’t know if these exercises would have been for me an incentive or deterrent. But I ‘m sure that one or the other left the school after a few weeks very disappointed. I’m glad that we may work less exactly and start other more engaging works already. And I even feel a bit spoiled.