VART2475 Additive Sculpture: Clay and Plaster (1.5 units)
- VART1006 Visual Arts Practice II or any GE-courses offered by AVA
- VART2476 Additive Sculpture: Bronze Casting
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The production of sculpture divides into two main categories: one works with additive techniques, while the second applies subtractive approaches. Additive techniques are defined as the processes used for creating objects by joining and/or assembling separate parts of the same or different materials to create a whole.
This course specifically focuses on two additive techniques using two different materials—clay and plaster—to produce first a positive form, and then a negative mould of the first.
The practice of modelling three-dimensional objects from clay dates back more than 5,000 years and is shared essentially by all human civilisations. It provides simple, cheap, yet versatile and potentially sophisticated sets of techniques to develop three-dimensional forms from scratch and at liberty, thereby opening vast possibilities for creative expression.
The technique of moulding and casting are equally widely used in modern and contemporary sculptural practices. In difference to clay modelling however its objective is the negative form. Producing a waste mould in plaster allows for the cast of a final positive in either plaster or concrete. This makes this technique essential as well as prerequisite for more advanced techniques like slip mould making and silicone based mould making that are used in the production of wax positives for the bronze casting process.
This course focuses on skill-based training, yet the project assignments within the courses nonetheless require students to also articulate creative ideas and integrate different skills into a well-planned creative strategy.
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