S P R I N G + S U M M E R
C O U R S E S
This spring we will be introducing new courses in¬†sculpture, mould making, and casting processes. Taught by highly skilled and experienced¬†artists, they are¬†open to everyone¬†and¬†suitable for beginner and intermediary level with all materials provided.
Plaster mould making
This course will focus on Plaster of Paris and its advantages as a material for creating sculpture, and for making moulds.
Over the course of the weekend you will learn about the properties and applications of plaster. You will have the chance to make a variety of different types of moulds to suit different projects, and will use these moulds to create a cast object by the end of the course.
This course is suitable for beginner and intermediary levels, with more experienced participants having the option to attempt more challenging multi-part moulds.
Date: 6th - 7th June
Silicone Mould making + Casting materials
Rachael Campbell Palmer
This course will provide an introduction to a range of materials that can be used in sculpting and casting processes. You will learn how to create a silicone mould for small scale projects and then use the mould to produce cast objects in a range of materials.
Materials you will be using include Polyester Casting Resin, Jesmonite and Crystacal. We will be working with the raw materials and also using colour pigments to produce different outcomes.
Over the duration of the course you will learn about the properties of different materials, mixing and curing stages and explore what materials might be best suited to specific projects.
This course is suitable for beginner and intermediary levels. Basic techniques learned can be used for more advanced projects and there will be opportunity to discuss ideas and get relevant advice.
Date: 27th - 28th June
Wood Machining Course
The Wood Machining Course provides an introduction to the variety of wood machines in Flax‚Äôs Sculpture Workshop. The wood machining course will look at the setting up and safe use of the machines. Machines you will cover include the bandsaw, table saw, mitre saw, sander and planer thicknesser. Participants will be set a small project which will give you hands on use of each machine.
This course is designed for Artists + members of Flax Sculpture Workshop who want to get familiar and use the wood workshop equipment in the future.
Date: 16th May
F I L M + T E L E V I S I O N
M a s t e r C l a s s e s
Geraldine Owens is a sculptor based in Northern Ireland working in Film +Television. She uses traditional sculpture techniques essential to work in this field of the industry.
Owens has worked as Supervising Construction Sculptor on HBO ‚ÄėGame Of Thrones, head of sculpture dept on ScyFy‚Äôs ‚ÄėKrypton‚Äô, Clay modeller on Disney‚Äôs ‚ÄėBeauty and The Beast‚Äô
During Owens career, she has been fortunate enough to work alongside master crafts people from a wide range of disciplines..
‚ÄúSharing these skills and making them more readily available to our artists, current and upcoming, is something I feel extremely passionate about, it is something that can only strengthen our creative industries in Northern Ireland, which will inevitably lead to more opportunities for our artists.‚ÄĚ
Flax Art Sculpture Workshop will be presenting three master classes with Owens who will deliver traditional sculpture techniques very rarely taught in formal education today. The courses are open to anyone interested in learning more about the techniques used in the industry or if you are looking to develop your observational and technical skills.
Accurate drawing, duplication and enlarging in 3D.
The ability to work to scale is an invaluable skill for sculptors. Whether you wish to take a 6‚ÄĚ maquette and recreate it as 20‚ÄĚ sculpture or you need to create a scale model as part of an exhibition proposal, the ability to work to scale is extremely beneficial. The technique you will learn on this course is age old and was practiced by all the greats.
Date: 25th - 26th April
Polystyrene Carving + Sculpting
This course will give an introduction to polystyrene sculpting techniques used extensively in the film and tv industry. Here we will learn to turn a block of polystyrene into a believable piece of film scenery, worthy of Game of Thrones.
Date: 9th - 10th May
Copy from a Cast
As with any other artistic discipline the ability to copy directly from a source underpins a sculptors practice. Copying from a cast is a great place to start sculpting or to hone your observational skills in 3D.
Date: 23rd - 24th May
To book a course
Course times 10am - 4.30pm
Places are limited so please apply early