Multiples: Intro to Slipcasting
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This course is an intro to mold-making class where students will learn how to cast various forms. We will mostly focus on found objects, therefore no prior knowledge of hand building or wheel throwing is required. The slipcasting process is a great way to cast identical forms, but a lot of variations can also be introduced. We will begin with an introduction to mixing plaster and simple mold making (open face and two parts molds). From there, students will apply their new skills to casting more complicated found objects, or their own sculpted or thrown forms. With these multiples, we will explore different assemblage techniques as well as painting directly in the mold with colorful stains. This will be followed by different glazing techniques and firing.
Even though your work can be functional, emphasis will be put on experimentation and concept. This is a great class for more experienced students looking to deepen their creative practice. Mold making and slipcasting both have a lot of steps, therefore class time will be crucial for students to properly understand the process. Materials and tools will be provided, students with their own respirators should bring them. And bring hand cream, plaster is very drying.
Unfinished student work should be picked up within two weeks of the last class.
The Steel Yard is located at 27 Sims Avenue, Providence RI 02909
WHAT TO WEAR
For all courses, students must wear a pair of close-toed shoes like sneakers or boots (no sandals, no flip-flops, no peep-toe pumps). Also, you should dress expecting to get a little dirty. Art is messy. In addition, students in metalworking courses must wear clothes made from either cotton or wool—synthetic fabrics like fleece and polyester are not safe near an open flame. Pants are required and long sleeves are recommended. Any clothing that has been frayed is not permitted. The studio is well stocked with heavy-duty welding jackets, but if you have your own, feel free to bring it.
COURSE WITHDRAWAL & TRANSFERS
All enrollments are subject to our REGISTRATION & ENROLLMENT POLICIES. Notable changes to accommodate the uncertainty during the current pandemic include the following adjustments to our policies:
Students may withdraw from a course without penalty within 5 days prior to the start of the course. Exceptions will be made for students impacted by COVID-19; in which case, last-minute withdrawals will be accommodated with documentation of a COVID-19 test (confirmation of appointment) for the student or their household member. For any cancellation of a paid course, students can expect to receive a full refund, less a $5 processing fee, to their original method of payment. Please allow for 10 business days before the refund is reflected on your account.