In this course you will learn how to make one-part and two-part silicone moulds and how to cast in coloured resin and plaster. Students can choose to focus on one-part moulds for making reliefs, two-part moulds of an objects or completing an independent project, and will leave the course with at least one mould and cast to take home.
Suitable for all levels of experience.
In this course we will look at a variety of mould making techniques and casting materials, such as one-part casts, two-part casts, silicone, resin, plaster and clay. We will look at how these techniques have been used by artists such as Eduardo Paolozzi and Rachel Whiteread and students will use these artists as inspiration for their own one-part and two-part moulds. Using these moulds, we will then cast in fastcast (opaque) resin or plaster and will experiment with adding colour to both. Students will take home at least one small silicone mould and cast and possibly more, dependant on the complexity of their projects and working speed. More advanced students will be permitted to undertake their own projects if considered appropriate by the tutor. However materials, tutor time and studio space are limited, so please contact the tutor prior to the class to check the feasibility of the project. Learners can progress onto develop these skills in either the sculpture studio or mixed ability courses at WMC or other specific casting courses elsewhere.
Teaching and Learning Methods
There is no formal homework, however, your tutor may discuss ideas with you individually to help extend your study and for ongoing independent projects. Your tutor will also recommend exhibitions, gigs or websites for you to visit to enrich your study.
There is no exam or formal assessment for this course. However, you will work with your tutor to identify your aims at the beginning of the session and will receive one to one feedback throughout as well as sharing outcomes at the end of the course. There is no formal qualification attached to this course but you can receive a Certificate of Completion from the college on request.
Next Steps and Progression
Once you have completed the course you may choose to enrol on a further term in this subject or another subject in the Creative Arts department. For Art and Design courses, once you have developed a portfolio of work you could consider applying to the Foundation Diploma in Art and design as a Pathway in to Higher Education. Studio courses are for those learners with some subject knowledge or who have been studying the same subject at the college for 3 full years. Advice and Guidance for all further study is available from the Curriculum Manager by request.
For more information please contact the Learner Services Team via Live Chat or phone: 020 7255 4700 or email: LearnerServices@wmcollege.ac.uk
Additional Learning Support
Teachers are supported to ensure their materials are inclusive to meet all learners needs. Provision of assistive equipment is available and access support can be provided through reasonable adjustments, subject to an assessment by the ALS team and/or the Disability Officer. Digital Learning support is available in the Learning Centre at our Camden site. Careers advice and guidance is also available to all learners.
WM College is able to provide financial support for course fees, you may be eligible based on prior qualifications, if you are on a low income or benefits. For more information and to find out if you are eligible, view our Fees & Finance page on our website or contact the Learner Services team via Live Chat or on 020 7255 4700.