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Concrete Casting Workshop

Concrete Casting Workshop

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Catriona Robertson


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.

The course is hands-on and participants will not only make concrete pieces for indoor but also learn about outdoor sculpture. Looking at the modest and the monumental; Picasso’s concrete sculptures and more contemporary artists, such as the work of Michael Dean and Rachel Whiteread as well as architectural influences.

The course will consider mould making using a variety of materials including wood, metal, plastic, sand, silicon, vacuum forming and other found materials. The final element of concrete will look at sculpting with concrete - making and sculpting a small object using a small metal armature.

Topics covered

  • Concrete mixing, cement, aggregate & mould making
  • Small armature making
  • Pigment additions
  • Ciment fondu

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.

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

Tutor Description

Catriona works as a Technician at Central Saint Martins in 3D fabrications, specialising in sculptural practices including casting and woodwork.
Catriona studied MA Sculpture at Royal College of Art, and BA Sculpture at Central Saint Martins


Please bring to the first session:

  • Textiles for impression
  • Object for small relief casting: max size L: 15 x W: 15 x h: 3cm
  • Plastic pots: yoghurt pots, cardboard tube
  • Pair of washing up gloves.

Available dates