PORTRAITS: Casting in Plaster
Figurative Sculpture students have the opportunity to create plaster casts. First modeling the form in terracotta, then creating a two part plaster mold.
The end result is a solid cast plaster portrait bust in the round.
A second level course for Undergraduate students enrolled in Electronic Media Arts and Communication at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 2001.
The course was designed to allow students to look at sculptural problems with depth and in a more independent manner, from concept to presentation in maquette form.
A theme of botanical vs. mechanical was proposed to initiate a design concept for a large scale free standing work. Developing a prototype was the first step in the process.
Clay modeled over an armature was the material chosen to fabricate the first 14″ prototype. Students continued by translating their clay forms into balsa wood, further altering the shape with new construction materials. A notebook for research and preliminary sketches accompanied the work in progress. A construction estimate was also developed for each project, so that a practical application of the work could be considered.
3 Dimensional Design and Color Theory