What is the course about?
In this course you will be instructed in how to make plaster bandage and alginate casts of faces, heads and body parts including hands and feet. The moulds you make will then be used to create finished plaster casts. We will also look at contemporary artists and their use of body casts in their work.
What will we cover?
Preparing a model for casting, body casting, mould making, plaster casting and the use of alginate to make moulds for casting.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Make one or more plaster casts of body parts
Cast using plaster bandage method and alginate method
Make a body cast safely and with minimal discomfort to your model
Make moulds for plaster casting and experiment with coloured pigments on final plaster casts
Clean and finish of body part casts.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Beginners to learners with some experience.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This is a hands-on course combining practical and verbal instruction. Learners will work in teams of two with one as model and the other as mould maker with one to one and group instruction and demonstration from the tutor.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All basic materials will be provided. Please bring along old clothes and covered shoes, protective coveralls or old shirts which can get dirty.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
The sculpture department offers a programme of courses that will allow you to progress from beginner to advanced as well as learn a range of techniques. For example, you may like to progress onto VU841 the City Sculpture course that helps you to build an individual sculpture practice or a short course specialising in a particular approach or skill. Please ask your tutor for advice.