Modelling, mouldmaking and casting course

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 davneat@aol.com  for further information.

33 thoughts on “Modelling, mouldmaking and casting course

  1. Hi david , I am a scenic painter and would like to learn more prop making techniques I can not attend in march but could you let me know if you have more courses planned for 2017 ?thanks
    gemma

  2. Oh such a pit… Thank you a lot for you reply!
    I am sorry for asking but would you have any recommendation of any course related to casting and hollow pieces for intermediate levels of any sort?

    Again, thank you very much!
    All best,
    Nina

  3. Hello David,

    I was wondering if there is any possibility of you running this 5 day course between 17 November 2016 and mid February 2017?

    Thank you very much.

    Kind regards,
    Nina

  4. Hi David
    I can’t find which part of the country your courses take place for mold making?
    Possibly because not very good on computers
    I am interested in making a food grade mold for my project. Its only a small mold.
    I live in Oldham Lancashire.
    I have read on your website you will have a course due on October 2016.
    Or do you have any information of you or any other molding people to whom i could ask to have some made for me? As I need the mold to be made before continuing on with my project.
    Regards Judith wilkinson

    • I don’t follow Judith .. it clearly states ‘Deptford, London SE8’ in the first paragraph. Bit of a treck from Lancashire but there are still places available for the course at the end of October. I can’t take on any other work at the moment, but will have a think about others.

  5. Hello David,

    Could the course material be expected to touch on the techniques available to Charlotte Hern when she executed the facade elements on her model of Grand Central Station, illustrated in your fine book, Model-Making, on p. 96? Just how she was able to construct the representation of the grills over the main street-facing windows staggers my imagination every time I refer to your text, which is frequently.

    Regards,
    Steve

    • Thanks for your interest! Yes I’ll add you to the list. But how do you mean ‘on line’? .. they’re real-life courses. The next one of these is November 28 – December 2.

      • David!!! Thank you for answering!! It would have to be online as to I am disabled and not able to travel. I love your work!

      • Thanks! Sorry about that .. hopefully ‘Mouldmaking and casting’ in the ‘Methods’ section is a help though. Any additional advice .. just post on the site and I’ll do my best to answer.

  6. Hello
    I would love to take part in one of these courses. Please let me know when there is availability on the next one
    Thanks so much
    R

  7. Hi David,
    I’m very interested in this course and I was wondering if you would be conducting me in your courses in March this year.
    prince

    • Hello Prince,
      Thanks for your interest. I’m afraid though that the course is already fully booked. Normally I would say that I can include you on the ‘reserve’ list in case of cancellations but this list is also already quite long. All I can do is keep your details and inform you when I know about the next one?

  8. Hi David,

    I’m very interested in this course and I was wondering if you would be conducting any courses between June to September this year. I’m a milliner but I have little experience in Modelling or Mouldmaking.

    • Thanks for your interest in the course! No, I’m afraid that this year I’m unable to run the course again until the autumn .. after September that is .. because of other work. If it’s ok with you I’ll add your name to the mailing list to let you know when I’ve arranged the next dates?

  9. Hello David,
    I would love to take part to this course – I’ve sent your an email with my details
    Hopefully there is still a place available,
    Thanks!
    Rossella

    • No Hamsa, I’m afraid that I don’t do evening courses. I know that for working people this is usually more practical but I don’t believe that it’s possible .. between time spent settling in and clearing up .. either to achieve much or reach the right mental state within a couple of hours!

  10. Hello David, how are you? I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and started the New Year well. I just wanted to let you know that I mentioned you in my blog😉 I finally got to do some “home made” moulding and casting and started experimenting with “fake surfaces” which I find quite interesting. Have a good upcoming weekend! Viele Grüße aus Bremen von Cristine

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