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Concrete Casting Short Course

Course description

The course is hands-on and participants will learn how to make cast concrete objects and sculpture / art works. The course aims to equip you with the skills to develop your own ideas and projects through experimentation, a series of mould making techniques and other possible applications of the material in an art and design context. Looking at the modest and the monumental as inspiration; Picassos concrete sculptures and other contemporary artists such as the work of Michael Dean and Rachel Whiteread, as well as Brutalist architecture and the influences of Le Corbusier.

The course will consider mould making using a variety of materials including wood, metal, plastic, sand, vacuum forming and other salvaged materials with the aim to keep costs low and be environmentally conscious. The final element will look at sculpting and painting with concrete - making and sculpting a small object.

Couse Outcomes
You will learn how to make a variety of cast objects in concrete, achieving an understanding of the material possibilities subverting expectations

Who should take this course?
Artists, designers, architects and anyone who wants to experiment with these materials.

Level: Beginners.

Entry requirements

Students need no prior experience.

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain things in easy to understand, accessible English. If they need to use any special terminology they will make sure they explain what they mean.
  • New methods will be shown to students through live demonstrations, in a way thats crystal clear and easy to understand.

Experience life on campus

  • Network and share ideas with students from across the globe
  • Access the technology and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Shop in our college shops for any materials you might need
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Experience the many sights of London on your down time

A certificate of completion:

  • You've put the work in so we want to make sure you have something to show for it!
  • As long as you attend a minimum of 80% of your classes, we will provide you with a certificate of attendance.
  • We always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are great to compliment your cv.

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Available dates

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Details

Topics covered

  • Presentation of the context of concrete in art, architecture and design
  • Learning basics of concrete mixing, ratios, cement and aggregates
  • Making basic moulds for casting objects - options to create art / sculpture / design objects - including demos on creating pots, tiles and models. Experimental approach is encouraged and you can develop work throughout the course
  • Latex moulding - where to use latex for detailed cast objects and outdoor / garden sculpture
  • Small armature making - sculpting with concrete and using as a painting medium
  • Pigment additions
  • Ciment fondu
  • Discussions of sustainability and impact of concrete on the environment, plus ideas around a climate conscious artistic practice, rammed earth, hemp crete and natural concrete

Materials

Please bring to the first session:

  • Textiles for impression
  • Object for small relief casting: max size L: 12 x W: 12 x h: 3cm - can discuss with tutor
  • Plastic pots: yoghurt pots and cardboard tube
  • Pair of washing up gloves recommended (disposable gloves provided)
  • Wear appropriate clothing / overalls for messy work
Meet the Tutor:

During this course students will be exploring the aesthetic and conceptual possibilities of concrete through a perceptive and spontaneous process. You will learn to make experimental abstract concrete sculptural objects using a variety of casting techniques, experimenting with form, structure, positive and negative space, and will be encouraged to engage with different finishes, colour and texture of the object.

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