A 5-day practical course designed for sculptors, model-makers, prop/puppet-makers or anyone wishing to model and reproduce small forms. It can cater both for beginners with little prior experience or those with specific professional aims. Led by David Neat in Deptford, London SE8
Next courses: October 3-7 and October 31-November 4 2016, March 13-17 and March 27-31 2017
Courses are arranged throughout the year partly ‘on demand’ i.e. in response to interest, and to fit with other work commitments. For these reasons the exact dates are usually only decided 2-3 months in advance .. though now, as you see, I’m trying to plan more long-term. For the past few years I’ve managed to offer the course sometime in the Spring (March-April), and often again later in the year (September-October).
Participants are asked to bring some small objects for casting with them, fully 3D (for 2-part mouldmaking) and also simpler one-sided forms. Independent projects may also be accommodated after discussion in advance if they involve the same, or similar, scheduled materials and processes ..i.e. it may be difficult to give them that much separate attention.
We begin by looking at the various mouldmaking options and preparing the 3D objects, culminating later in making hollow and solid castings in resin or casting plaster as applicable. During this time we also look at methods of modelling using a soft clay, including the use of armatures, formers and texturing tools. Participants are guided through modelling additional relief forms in polymer clay, and test moulds are made from them in plaster and Vinamold.
The third day includes methods of shaping rigid foams (styrofoam and polyurethanes) to achieve a variety of shapes. By then the moulds are ready to start casting in different materials; plaster, plaster/polymer, latex, polyurethane resin (including colourants and fillers) or press-casting in Sculpey and Polymorph. We will also be considering alginate, metallic ‘cold casting’ with polyester resin and absorption casting using latex or clay slip. Finally attention is given to methods of painting or patination.
The course is full-time, Monday to Friday, starting at 10.30 and finishing at 5.30 each day. The cost per person is £400 and all practical materials (and a full instructional CD) are included.
For photos and more see the archived post Modelling, mouldmaking and casting course February 8 2012. Please bear in mind though that I am continually developing the course so some details may have changed since 2012 .. ask me for the latest full course description.
Contact David at email@example.com for further information.