Modelling & Plaster

human figure with plaster

Direct modelling of a human figure with plaster

To create a figure using the direct plaster modelling technique, we start with photographs of a human body. By drawing the various positions of a life model, we develop a deeper understanding of the human body. This will enable us to prepare corresponding armatures, onto which we can add plaster, using the direct modelling technique. We will learn the basics of the proportions and volumes of the human figure and learn about the possibilities and tricks of working with plaster of paris. The size of the sculptures will be a maximum of H 75 cm. A model will be present on three half-days.

human figure with plaster
Experimental work in plaster

Experimental work in plaster

The natural material Gypsum has always played an important role in sculpture. As a casting and modeling material it offers a wide range of possibilities. Easy to use and with a short drying time, it seems like an invitation to play.
On this course we deliberately explore the boundaries of the material. What is forbidden by the textbook can be tried here (for example: what happens when we pour water into Gypsum?). The workshop shall be turned into a laboratory where randomness will be the norm. Sculptures may emerge whose appearance we channel, but cannot control. We also learn how plaster can be softened or hardened, or how the drying time can be accelerated or delayed. Thus it becomes easier to model and work with Gypsum. Equally the figurative design, in conjunction with textiles and part-body casts, can be incorporated.

Experimental work in plaster
Plaster direct

Plaster direct

Gypsumdirect
Thanks to its durability, gypsum is perfectly suited to be the final material for artistic creation.

Plaster direct

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