Contemporary Mosaic with Emilie
  • Plassac, Bordeaux Region, France
  • 30 hours over 5 days

Contemporary Mosaic with Emilie

Dive into a one-of-a-kind immersive experience in the world of mosaic with contemporary mosaic artist Emilie. Learn to transform an image into a harmonious, colorful abstract mosaic that blends craftsmanship and experimental art. Situated by the Gironde river, you’ll be surrounded by the golden light of hilly landscapes, history, heritage, and vineyards in the Bordeaux wine region.
  • Breakfast, Snacks, Coffee, & Tea


One Guest
USD $1725
Additional guest(s) (max 4)
USD $1035


One Guest
USD $615
Additional guest(s)
USD $240

Meet the Artist

Emilie is a French mosaic artist with a passion for creativity and innovation. She honed her skills at the world-renowned Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli in Italy, where she learned the historical and contemporary techniques of mosaic making using the finest materials. Now, she calls France home and operates her studio just steps away from a Gallo-Roman villa with rare ancient mosaic flooring.

Emilie's work spans from wall and floor decorations to micro-mosaic jewelry and sculptures. She creates pictures in Roman, Byzantine, and Classic styles, but her expertise lies in contemporary techniques and the limitless possibilities of materials. Her contemporary style is a break from traditional mosaics, as she explores curved, rounded, and wavy surfaces. This approach allows her to uncover the natural magic within stones, crystals, and other materials like Venetian enamels, golds, and blown glass.

Emilie's mosaics are a symphony of colors, textures, light reflections, and fluid movements. She uses a variety of Italian materials, such as gold leaf, smalti Orsoni, marble, semi-precious stones, and wood, to bring her artistic vision to life. She also works with original Roman tools, like the martellina hammer, to bring a unique touch to her mosaics that allows for greater artistic expression.

She views mosaic as a universal language, capable of bringing people together and promoting harmony in their lives. Emilie is deeply committed to preserving and sharing traditional art techniques and looks forward to sharing them with you.

VAWAA Includes:

  • Create a contemporary abstract mosaic artwork inspired by a landscape, object, or personally meaningful image.
  • A creative approach for contemporary mosaics that blends craftsmanship and experimental art.
  • Focus on capturing, taming and restoring colors, sensations, rhythms and vibrations in the artwork.
  • Drawing and photography session in the countryside and along the river to find inspiration.
  • Explore techniques such as – translating an image into a mosaic, selecting the right colors and materials, cutting tesserae with martelline, and more.
  • Learn to compose harmoniously using different types of materials and follow "andamenti," the lines in which tesserae are laid.
  • Finish with colored mortars.
  • Walks in nature to source materials and learn how to recognize usable materials.
  • Visit the Gallo-Roman villa to see ancient mosaic flooring.
  • Option to visit the Citadel of Blaye, vineyard tastings, or picnic in the countryside, if weather and time permits.

Stay at Emilie's

Stay in Emilie's charming home with views of the sunset, a small garden, and beautiful old mansions. The room is in a private area above the studio and includes a queen-sized bed, Wifi, and a private bathroom with a standing shower. Your room is accessed using stairs and doesn't have air conditioning or a TV. Everything required to prepare a continental breakfast is included with your stay, and you are welcome to use the shared kitchen to prepare all other meals! You will be greeted by a friendly cat.

The home is near the Gironde river, where you can enjoy the outdoors. A regional bus station, bicycle rental, bakery, and grocery store are nearby.

Explore Plassac, Bordeaux Region

Emilie's studio is in the Bordeaux wine region, in the small village of Plassac, 50 km from the world's wine capital. It lies on the banks of the Gironde river that fills this country village with colors and reflections throughout the day. The ancient mosaics in the Gallo-Roman villa echo Emilie's art's origins and can provide a charming discovery of mosaics through mansions, natural environments, and the contemporary mosaic route.

The entire Bordeaux region is rich in history, heritage, and vineyards. You can visit several castles, the Vauban UNESCO Heritage site, or head to Côte d'Argent beach for surfing and sun. Wine lovers can explore tastings and the authentic lifestyle of winemakers. The golden light of these hilly landscapes is particularly beautiful in the fall, inspiring artists and showing life's sweetness.

All these inspiring ingredients of the region imbue the energy of Emilie's creations....and might do the same for you.

Additional Details

The best time to visit the Bordeaux region is from May to October, especially in Spring, which draws fewer crowds, and September for the grape harvest in surrounding wineries. November to March experiences a lot of rain and cold weather with fewer things to do around.

This VAWAA is not available for a longer duration. Basic experience in painting, sculpture, or mosaic is helpful but not required.

Must be 18 years old or older to participate, and cat friendly. If you are allergic to cats, please bring suitable medication before you arrive.

Emilie speaks French, Italian, and English.
Emilie's Availability 5 days

Guest Reviews

  • Lorry L., Israel

    My stay with Emilie was the type that will remain as one of my precious memories. Not only did I learn new and challenging mosaic techniques from a master mosaic artist, but I was welcomed into a unique and special community in this beautiful and charming French village. It was a total contrast to where I live. Emilie is very well known in her local community--her gorgeous work is featured in many Read more