Modelling & Plaster
In this technically oriented course the basics of modelling and simple plaster casting will be taught. Getting to know the materials, and meaningful ways of working, will be the main focus.
The most varied inspirations can lead to the creation of a work of art. During this week we will open ourselves to new experiences in forming and shaping.
The natural material Gypsum has always played an important role in sculpture. As a casting and modeling material it offers a wide range of possibilities. Easy to use and with a short drying time, it seems like an invitation to play.
On this course we deliberately explore the boundaries of the material. What is forbidden by the textbook can be tried here (for example: what happens when we pour water into Gypsum?). The workshop shall be turned into a laboratory where randomness will be the norm. Sculptures may emerge whose appearance we channel, but cannot control. We also learn how plaster can be softened or hardened, or how the drying time can be accelerated or delayed. Thus it becomes easier to model and work with Gypsum. Equally the figurative design, in conjunction with textiles and part-body casts, can be incorporated.
This one-week course offers the possibility of modeling a figure from a live model and to subsequently cast it in plaster. Thus two learning themes are combined: firstly, the figurative design focussing on the anatomy and secondly the casting technique of the ‘lost form’ in plaster. This week’s course is aimed at course participants who are experienced as well as inexperienced in the field of figurative design.