Introduction to casting and mould making
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: VU206
Available start dates
Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course will teach you all the basic skills for mould making and casting your sculptures. You will be guided in making plaster and rubber moulds, and casting in plaster of Paris and cement. You will also be given suppliers' details for your future work.
What will we cover?
- Plaster casting
- The design and production of rubber moulds.
- Selecting materials to cast in.
- Casting with resin and how to prepare a plaster mould for cement casting.
- Experimenting with different finishes to a cast.
- Group crit of everyone's work.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Understand the principals of mould making.
- Produce a cast from a mould.
- Demonstrate experience of different materials used for mould making and casting.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
All levels welcome; no previous skills necessary.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Following an initial short PowerPoint presentation on the various types of moulds we will be making on the course, tutor-led demonstrations and individual student participation will be the main instruction method. You will have time to gain experience by producing your own moulds and casts under the supervision of the tutor.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All essential materials and equipment will be provided and are included in the course fee.
Students may bring their own objects but the decision to use them in the moulding process will be at the discretion of the tutor.
You must wear flat sturdy shoes with a closed toe. Please also wear old working clothes that you do not mind getting messy or bring overalls.
We also recommend that you bring a sketchbook/notebook and pencils to sketch and make notes. A camera is also useful to photograph your work.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
The City Lit sculpture department offers a wide range of exciting courses that will allow you to progress from beginner to advanced and learn a range of techniques. After this course you may wish to join a course in a material or process you have tried before to develop your skills further, or try something completely different. We offer courses in prop making, metal, clay, wax, carving in stone and wood, mould making and casting in Jesmonite, or pewter and much more! You may wish to progress onto the year-long City Lit Sculpture course VU841, which helps you to build your own individual sculpture practice and culminates with an exhibition.
We are constantly adding new courses. Please ask your tutor for advice or browse the City Lit website for inspiration. It is also possible to contact our visual arts team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling 020 7492 2700 Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.