Low Relief Plaster Casting
Got a bunch of quirky knick-knacks or a vast collection of old plumbing supplies you keep telling yourself you’ll do something with? How about making a bas-relief sculpture with them? In this class, we’ll take the items we have and make dynamic compositions using their impressions in clay and then cast them with plaster of Paris to make a solid cohesive piece. Think of the process as like making a collage using objects instead of pictures. Embrace the challenge of forming a narrative using only found objects or use these everyday objects as tools for making abstract forms. Projects could be wall hanging platters, an original picture/mirror frame, or what have you. In the immortal word of T-Connection, “Do what you wanna do”.
The class will cover making accurate impressions, mixing and setting up plaster, cleaning and surface treatments you can complete at home as it’s likely the plaster won’t have cured enough to remove the clay during the class.
Clay, plaster, tools and a variety of objects will be provided but I strongly recommend you bring any objects that you think would make for interesting impressions in clay (we will have water, rags and toothbrushes to clean them with). I also recommend you bring any clay tools you have and a rolling pin you wouldn’t mind using on clay if you have one. Dress to impress- working with clay and plaster can get messy so you should wear clothing you wouldn’t mind getting dirty.
Class is suitable for ages 9 to 90..
About your instructor – Elliot Bryant
Elliot Bryant is an artist from Thomaston, Maine. He received his Bachelors in Fine Art from Corcoran College of Art + Design in 2012. There he worked with all sorts of materials; from fur to flour, steel to stitches, wood carving to wire forms. He is interested in the unique visual characteristics of different materials and using the poetry of their properties towards an artwork’s message. He also enjoys the challenges of just getting disparate elements to stick together. He has previously co-taught courses in sculpture, drawing, woodworking and painting to adults and adolescents.