The Municipal Museum of Santiago do Cacem in Southern Portugal had asked me to perform a beginners’ workshop to get to know some of the basic sculpting techniques.
This workshop is part of the Museums’ cultural program “Saturdays at the Museum” which offers various artistic activities.
The double session of 4 hours each had been fully booked, and six enthusiastic students were eager to dig into the secrets of working with clay and plaster.
Due to the very complex and time-demanding working techniques, a total of only 8 working hours is rather small to accomplish even a simple object. Therefore, I decided that the goal of this workshop would be creating a plaster relief, 25 x 25 x 3 cm. The students were free to use their own ideas in regards to the design.
During the first session of the workshop, the students first modeled the square clay bases.
Then they applied their own design into the clay by either taking off or adding-on material.
Once this creative process had been finished, a clay rim of 6 cm had been applied all around the clay base as a mold for the plaster casting.
Then the mold had been filled with liquid plaster. -
One week had past to give the plaster cast time to harden…
The students are back in the Museums’ studio, anxious to continue, to open their own “Pandora’s Box”:
And the teacher is so proud...
So, if you would like to join the Museum for another sculpting workshop later this year, just sign in...