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Life Casting Short Course

Course description

The Life Casting Short Course is designed to introduce students to the art of life casting. Students learn how to cast different parts of the body to create their own sculpture and monumentalise themselves and others.

The course covers a wide variety of techniques starting with basic use of modroc and alginate; two materials often used in life-casting from the body. Students will then explore how to create replicas in plaster.

During the course, students will learn how to safely cast the hand and torso and see a demonstration on how to cast a head / face in plaster.

Students will be shown a series of engaging demonstrations before developing their own ideas. They will have the opportunity to work on their own projects with guidance from the tutor.

Who should attend this course?

The Life Casting Short Course is ideal for artists, designers or creatives with an interest in a theatre design or prop making.

It is also a good choice for anyone looking to learn a new skill, find out more about sculpture and create plaster casts for special effects and theatre.

The course is suitable for beginners / intermediate, or as a refresher for those with previous experience.

Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Course outcomes

By the end of the course, students should:

  • Have an understanding of the basics of mixing plaster, alginate, making moulds and casts of parts of the body
  • Have an understanding of hand and body casting
  • Have made their own sculpture or project with a developed idea
  • Have gained knowledge about monuments and statues through group discussions

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.

Available dates

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Topics covered:

  • Modroc - safe use of all materials
  • Plaster - types of plaster and when to use them for life casting
  • Alginate
  • Statues - casting some samples in concrete
  • Body casting - health and safety
  • Developing ideas for sculptures and projects


Students should bring the following materials to the first session:

  • Notebook
  • Apron / Overalls
  • Messy clothes (students can expect to get very messy during the course and should wear clothing that they don't mind getting messy)
Meet the Tutor:

On the Life Casting Short Course students learn how to cast different parts of the body in plaster to create unique sculptures.

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