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Bronze Casting

Bronze Casting

Course Provider: New British Art

Contact Name: Caroline Taylor

Telephone: 01267 275449

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Address:
Cilyrynys
Porthyrhyd
Carmarthenshire
SA32 8PX

Course Length: 2 days

Price: £250

5 star rating, 12 reviewers.

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Course Start Dates
Saturday 28th October 2017
Saturday 25th November 2017

Description:

An excellent opportunity to learn the lost wax method of bronze casting during this 2 day course led by experienced teacher Mark Halliday RCA. All the materials and equipment you need will be provided to enable you to make a small sculpture or object and to cast this in bronze.

You will learn:
- about different types of bronze casting techniques
- how to manipulate modelling wax and how to use other waxes in the casting process
- how to fit runners and risers (a sprue system) to your wax sculpture
- the methods and process of making ceramic shell refractory moulds
- how to burn out the wax from your mould
- about furnaces, crucibles and melting bronze
- about ways of finishing and patinating completed work
- health and safety considerations in relation to all materials and processes
- how you can start to set up your own foundry, if you wish

You will have access to:
- all the equipment you need to make a small sculpture or object in bronze to take away
- expert tuition in every aspect of the process
- our library of sculpture books
- our collection of bronze sculptures by a range of artists
- our large studio space, with communal seating areas and kitchen
- explore our 9 acres of fields, barns and woodland for inspiration

Previous participants include sculptors, jewellers, glass artists, ceramicists, blacksmiths, stonemasons, furniture makers, designers and printmakers, for example. Anyone who loves to experiment with an exciting process and learn new skills. Groups and children are also welcome - please contact us with any queries.
This course is suitable for all levels of experience and will also accommodate any who have previously taken part in a bronze casting course and would like to have the chance to make another bronze.

The Tutor - Mark Halliday is an experienced artist and teacher and studied in the Foundry at the Royal College of Art. He taught at Cardiff School of Art & Design for nine years and, prior to that, at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design. Mark was a founder of New British Art, which has its base in Carmarthenshire. New British Art is a not for profit artists' organisation that works to create new artworks, opportunities for recent graduates and provides learning opportunities at its studios in Wales and external venues by negotiation.

The Venue - Cilyrynys is a former dairy farm in a rural valley location just a few minutes' drive from the A48, near the National Botanic Gardens of Wales. The farm has a range of spacious outbuildings that accommodate artists' studios and workshop areas for the course.

What's included in the price?

All materials and equipment that you need to make a bronze of up to 2kg (finished weight) is included in the price. We find that we get many people who wish to take part in the course again and therefore we have a discounted rate for returners. Tea, coffee, biscuits and a light 'packed' lunch are included in the price.
We have a list of local B&B's where you can stay or you are welcome to camp with us for £5 per night/person - this includes use of a communal kitchen and lounge area in the evening and a hot shower.
If you are interested in booking for a group or you have a particular casting project in mind, please contact us email or by phone.


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This is a truly fantastic course that I would recommend to anyone - and everyone! I had no knowledge or experience of sculpture or bronze casting and yet I have come away with a horse sculpture and a Venus figure that I am very happy with. Mark is a true 'renaissance man' and a great, amusing and talented teacher. Caroline gives a warm welcome and makes lovely lunches. If you are interested in bronze, sculpture, art (or just need a creative break like I did) don't even think about it, just book!

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This is the second time I have been back to learn under Mark. I will likely go again as as much as he teaches it opens new doors and new ideas so I want/need to know more.

The facilities provide a no-distraction environment with all the tools and supervision required to turn out some stunning work that anyone would be proud of. After Marks' teaching the realisation of: "I can do this" is akin to discovering opposable thumbs. It fills the student with confidence as well as an awareness to all the challenges a artist will face in the workshop.

Thanks again Mark!

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I really can't explain how great this course is! outstanding for the price. Mark Halliday is a fantastic teacher, he changes his style of teaching for each person, he is an excellent confidence builder and will get you to work at your best. The workshop is in a beautiful rural setting the workshop is fully equipped with everything you need. I'd recommend it to anyone interested in making, the bronze cast process or materials and how you can work them.

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I cannot recommend this course highly enough! Mark and Caroline are amazing, kind and inspiring peaple. If you get the chance, do this course, it is so exciting and fun. The setting couldn't be more inspiring and relaxing. Mark has a real gift for teaching and I can honoustly say i recived the best art education from him. You feel totally supported and encouraged to reach beyond what you expect from yourself. I want to come back and learn more soon!
Kate

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This course is brilliant! I have done it twice now, have learned loads, and hope to go again soon. Mark is an extremely talented and accomplished artist in his own right as well as being a fantastically generous teacher, an expert on classical sculpture and incredibly knowledgeable about all aspects of bronze-casting and sculpture in general. He is also able to make everyone, no matter what age, experience or background, feel at home and confidant enough to learn a significant amount in a short space of time. Cilyrynys itself has the added bonus of being in lovely surroundings. All in all, it is quite a magical experience I would urge anyone who interested in making to give it a try.5

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I keep returning to this beautiful corner of rural Wales (6 times) for truly inspirational weekends of creativity and alchemy. Mark shares his passion for bronze and his deep knowledge of it’s history, myths and processes, whilst providing clear instruction and unstinting help with all the practicalities of wax modeling, ceramic shell mould making and finishing the bronze sculpture.
In the midst of all this there is the drama of the bronze pour and the excitement and revelation of breaking open the moulds. The alchemy is infectious for beginners and experienced artists alike and makes for a most engaging social & creative event, which I most heartily recommend.

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I keep returning to this beautiful corner of rural Wales (6 times) for truly inspirational weekends of creativity and alchemy. Mark shares his passion for bronze and his deep knowledge of it’s history, myths and processes, whilst providing clear instruction and unstinting help with all the practicalities of wax modeling, ceramic shell mould making and finishing the bronze sculpture.
In the midst of all this there is the drama of the bronze pour and the excitement and revelation of breaking open the moulds. The alchemy is infectious for beginners and experienced artists alike and makes for a most engaging social & creative event, which I most heartily recommend.

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An outstanding course with fantastic facilities and tuition of the highest level. You are provided with thorough guidance through the entire process, so what is offered is an extremely comprehensive learning opportunity. There is everything you need for a wonderful weekend in a beautiful place and a lovely time with great people. Very special, I would recommend it to anybody.

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Mark is a very talented artist and teacher and is more than able to provide specialist teaching and guidance for every ability, from complete beginners to more experienced artists. An amazing place to camp for three days, unspoilt and the perfect spot to remind you that you're learning an ancient skill which transformed the future of mankind - magical & ACE! You'll never forget it and really amazing value.

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Excellent course, amazing people teaching it and really good value for money. Want to go again :D

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I can't recommend this course highly enough. I have learnt so much from mark and the course offered exactly the right blend of specialist technical instruction and inclusivity. I met some really wonderful people on the course, of a wide range of ages , backgrounds and abilities and I feel certain that they felt the same way about mark's teaching and the course structure as I did. Cilyrynys is beautiful and a perfect space for a workshop like this. I couldn't have learnt more or been made to feel more welcome

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