This five day course provides an introduction to the art and techniques of lost wax bronze casting. Students will participate fully with the process, wax modelling, participate with their work being moulded and cast then learn and practice the metalwork and finishing skills to finish their bronze work.
Basic materials including 1 kilo of Bronze are included in course fee but charged £25/kilo when used over this amount.
All levels welcome including beginners.
All students must follow physical distancing guidance as explained by their tutors.
There will be a course maximum of 8 in the sculpture studio which has been adapted to facilitate a safe learning environment.
Students are asked to bring their own old shirt, apron or coveralls to wear in the studio, to remove and wash between sessions. A small personal hand towel is also required. Before and after using any shared equipment, students will be asked to wash their hands. We strongly advise that you also bring and wear a face protector.
By the end of the course
• you will gain a better understanding of the lost wax Bronze casting process
• you will practice and improve modelling in wax
• you will produce a larger (up to 2 kilo) new piece of bronze cast work
• you will learn an experimental approach to making
• you will understand and implement workshop health and safety good practice
Class format and activities
Students observe and participate in all processes.
Day 1: Students will improve their practice modelling in wax making individual wax sculptures. There will be a demonstration of running up a wax (The method by which the bronze is introduced to the mould after the wax has been burnt out).
Day 2: Continuation of running up waxes and the creation of investment moulds (A bronze mould). Continuation of investment moulds which will then be loaded into the kiln and fired, this will burn out the wax in readiness for pouring.
Day 3: The pour: this will involve melting the bronze and pouring it into the now burnt-out moulds.
Day 4: Opening up the investment moulds and exploring the metalwork and finishing skills.
Day 5: Exploring final finishing skills and patination required to finish individual bronze sculptures.
In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.
Some bronze casting experience - having attended the term Bronze casting course.
What you will need for your class
• Steel toe capped boots or strong covered shoes
• Sketch books
• Ideas to start your wax model on day 1.
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
Pedro Diego at Morley College London
Pelham Hall Sculpture Studio 27 Lambeth Walk London Greater London SE11 6DU