Life Casting And Mouldmaking
This course aims to teach students and experienced professionals how to make life casts of different parts of the human body to a high standard. It will primarily explore the different methods of taking casts from the human body and producing plaster positives and course participants will leave having learnt the skills to make their own life casts...
Taught by: Jo Guile.
This course aims to teach students and experienced professionals how to make life casts of different parts of the human body to a high standard. It will primarily explore the different methods of taking casts from the human body and producing plaster positives and course participants will leave having learnt the skills to make their own life casts. It complements the existing Mouldmaking and Casting Workshops Course and has been designed to be taken before, after or as a stand-alone course.
Focusing on casting materials that are non-toxic and easy for students and experienced professionals to go on to use in their own studios or at home such as, alginate, silicone, plaster, course participants will be taught different techniques to create casts from simple to large parts of the human body (hands to heads), then use the casts they have made to create new moulds learning the principles of re-moulding in block, two-part and multi-part silicon moulds.
Course participants will be encouraged to take on their own small personal moulding projects which could be from the human body or an everyday object, and take away the moulds that they make on this course. This will enable course participants, at a later stage, to use them either as a master mould to continue to produce casts in a range of different materials or as a resource for the Mouldmaking and Casting Workshops Course.
The course will appeal to beginners, undergraduate and postgraduate students and experienced professionals who are looking to increase their knowledge of the materials and processes of life casting and mould making and therefore to widen their portfolio.
Who is the course aimed at?
This course is designed for anyone who is interested in the materials and processes of life casting and mould making, some previous experience would be advantageous though not essential
What skills will you gain on this course?
An understanding of how to make life casts and the principles of mould making
The skills to produce a life cast, including a knowledge of a range of materials that will be safe for you to use in your own studios
What are the key topics the course will cover?
- To begin to develop the knowledge and skill to develop their own casts and moulds
- The properties and uses of key materials used for life casting and mould making
- Different methods of taking casts from the human body
- Finishing techniques of plaster casts, including basic re-sculpting
- Mould making principles in block two-part and multi-part silicon moulds
What will the students learn/ achieve?
- Experience of working in small groups to make larger, more ambitious life casts, as well as having worked independently on their own small moulding project
This course includes:
- Practical workshops starting with tutor demonstrations
- Group projects building to students developing their own project and working independently
Students are not required to have any previous experience to join this course
Jo Guile graduated from the University of Brighton in 2007 with a BA in Fine Art, Sculpture. Since then she has worked as an artist, artist technician and mouldmaker. Her work has been exhibited in London and Berlin. She has worked for art fabrication companies including MDM Props, for artist Anish Kapoor, Yinka Shrabaner, Louis Vuitton, and taught at the Royal College of Art and at Central Saint Martins.
Please bring the following materials with you to the first session:
- Scalpel and blades
Reference Materials, artists and websites that may be of interest:
- Antony Gormley; much of his work centres around casts of his own body
- Marc Quinn; blood head, Kate Moss
- Janine Antoni; created casts of her own head and shoulders in soap and chocolate
- Musee D’orsay, 2001, Second Skin: Life Casting in the 19th Century
- Queen Victoria and life casting: www.royalcollection.org.uk