Each class meets for 3 or hours per week, six weeks in a row. You will learn to create your very own sculpture, using an oil based clay, make a mold of it, and cast as many copies of your masterpiece into that mold, in any material you wish-from plaster to resin. Everything is taught from start to finish so you can make all subsequent sculptures all by yourself!
Instructor: Forest Boone
Workshop: Introduction to Sculpture
Dates: December 7th - January 17th.
Time Frames: Flex time slot classes beginning from 12 noon until 6:00 pm.
Introduction to Sculpture
Materials Included: a 5 pound block of oil based clay; scale model materials (if needed); all materials required to build the armature (skeleton); and a wooden base.
Materials not included: silicone rubber; plaster; and casting agent, for casting your sculpture in multiples.
Week 1: General housekeeping items; introductory image presentation and half-hour lecture; break; maquette building demonstration; maquettes (small scale models) constructed and reviewed for individual feedback.
*Homework: if you didn’t complete your maquette or received feedback that will require you to do a second or even a third one, then please do so before next class period and bring it to class with you.
Week 2: A half-hour image review and lecture on the wall screen; armature demonstration; break; armatures constructed; begin covering armatures with clay;
*Homework: if you didn’t get your armature fully covered with clay then please do so at home and bring it to the next class ready to start sculpting.
Week 3: Fifteen minutes of image review on the wall screen; demonstration of clay modeling techniques; break; individual discussion for developing a strategy for your pieces; all technical questions answered individually; and clay modeling methods.
*Homework: if you do not feel you will be able to finish the modeling of your sculpture in clay over the next three-hour session, then please take it home with you and work on it so you can and buy your rubber to bring to next class.
Week 4: Half-hour of mold making/seaming images/videos/ and lecture; technical information addressed with an opportunity to ask individual questions; break; either brush or pour silicone rubber on all your parts, after first discussing potential seam lines;
*Homework: buy plaster and bring it in with you to our next class.
Week 5: Fifteen minutes of image review on the wall screen; technical questions answered (and demonstration, if necessary; break; plaster mother molds made;
*Homework: if you did not manage to complete your mother mold in class then please take it home and do so before the next class.
Week 6: The casting of your quick cure resin into your mold; de-molding your sculpture, break; chase away the seam lines; sand lightly; primer; and apply final color treatment for the final finish!
Thank you all for the honor of working with you. Please send me pictures of your finished pieces so that I can put them up on the Sculpt Spot web site.