Sculpting and Casting with Jesmonite Course

by London Sculpture Workshop

12 reviews
12 reviews
Come on in and join this two day course for an introduction to sculpting and casting with Jesmonite at London Sculpture Workshop.

Sculpture Class

Two session course

Beginner

Woolwich SE18

Sculpting and Casting with Jesmonite Course
by London Sculpture Workshop
Two session course
£295 per person

Classes

Two session course

Daytime

Come on in and join this two day course for an introduction to sculpting and casting with Jesmonite at London Sculpture Workshop. Jesmonite is a versatile material formed from an acrylic-modified gypsum composite. A safe alternative to fibreglass and a lightweight alternative to cast concrete.

This two day course is an introduction to sculpting and casting with Jesmonite. A versatile material formed from an acrylic-modified gypsum composite. A safe alternative to fibreglass and as a lightweight alternative to cast concrete. This two day course will explore the different applications of Jesmonite. Working with thixotrope, retardant and quadaxical glass. Participants will have the opportunity to work with Jesmonite hands on, constructing simple shapes through three basic forms of mould making.

Day 1

  • Introduction to the material, experimentation with fairly quick mould making techniques using, clay, sheet steel and wood. Students are welcome to bring their own moulds to use if desired. Each student will make three forms with the intention of joining them together using Jesmonite.

Day 2

  • Students will be encouraged to continue experimenting making forms, with the focus on finishing processes including texture, colour and surface. Participants will also have the opportunity to work with quadaxical glass.
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Sat 1 Feb 2020, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Woolwich, SE18 5NR
9 slots left

Sun 2 Feb, 10:00am - 4:00pm

Mon 6 Apr 2020, 9:00am - 3:00pm
Woolwich, SE18 5NR
10 slots left

Tue 7 Apr, 9:00am - 3:00pm

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Unlike fibreglass, which has fallen from favour due to its toxicity (it is an irritant and is likely carcinogenic), Jesmonite is safe and malleable, since it is easy to cut or carve and can also be cast. Much like plastic in composition, though not to touch, designers can also dye it, polish it and combine it with a variety of other materials.
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Wendy
19 Mar
I enjoyed the course and there were plenty of positives, including: - An abundance of Jesmonite to 'play' with - The tutor had a good range of knowledge/experience with the product and it's ancilliaries - The cafe as the nearby rock climbing facility was excellent - An enviable workshop with loads of equipment and resources - I had a go at alginate modelling which wasn't on the 'curriculum' - The jump right in and do as you please mentality was great for me but maybe not for others? However, the negatives were: - No joining instructions so I didn't have a clue what to do or where to go when I got to the sculpture building. Not even a telephone number. So I stood around trying to figure out what to do until I could get to where I needed to be - by accident - No H&S briefing. At all. Frightening really! - I could and should have brought more moulds. There needs to be more emphasis on this in the course particulars. Although you are able to use the equipment to cut and shape steel, this didn't really appeal to me - Maybe some handouts wouldn't go a miss - A blackboard/whiteboard to write pertinent information on. Especially the tutor's name which I couldn't remember in the class and can't remember now - The surrounding area is quite rough and I felt quite vulnerable on my own so be aware of this in the winter when the nights are darker quicker - Some recommendations of local hotels and restaurants would be good for those who are not local
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Yambe
24 Mar
The tutor Lauren was very clear and covered a lot of information in two days. I learned a lot and am confident enough to continue working with Jesmonite on my own!

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Wendy
19 Mar
I enjoyed the course and there were plenty of positives, including: - An abundance of Jesmonite to 'play' with - The tutor had a good range of knowledge/experience with the product and it's ancilliaries - The cafe as the nearby rock climbing facility was excellent - An enviable workshop with loads of equipment and resources - I had a go at alginate modelling which wasn't on the 'curriculum' - The jump right in and do as you please mentality was great for me but maybe not for others? However, the negatives were: - No joining instructions so I didn't have a clue what to do or where to go when I got to the sculpture building. Not even a telephone number. So I stood around trying to figure out what to do until I could get to where I needed to be - by accident - No H&S briefing. At all. Frightening really! - I could and should have brought more moulds. There needs to be more emphasis on this in the course particulars. Although you are able to use the equipment to cut and shape steel, this didn't really appeal to me - Maybe some handouts wouldn't go a miss - A blackboard/whiteboard to write pertinent information on. Especially the tutor's name which I couldn't remember in the class and can't remember now - The surrounding area is quite rough and I felt quite vulnerable on my own so be aware of this in the winter when the nights are darker quicker - Some recommendations of local hotels and restaurants would be good for those who are not local
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Yambe
24 Mar
The tutor Lauren was very clear and covered a lot of information in two days. I learned a lot and am confident enough to continue working with Jesmonite on my own!
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Dacia
22 Jan
Good course before t not received information email from instructor as promised.
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Keziah
11 Jun
Really good course, learnt a lot and enjoyed exploring with the different mediums. Tutor Lauren was great, really knowledgeable and could ask her anything. Be prepared to make your own moulds and have an idea of what you want to make before you go. Only slight comment is that there was a lacking of basic things like paper towels, other than that, really good workshop.
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Judith Glynn
6 Nov
Excellent introductionI would have liked more time for construction (rather than casting)It would have been helpful to encourage people to bring moulds with them. And to provide paper towels.
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Rod
13 Nov
Potentially a good course slightly let down by the Tutors lack of knowledge. He was a stand in as the programmed tutor was unavailable;able at the last minute. He tried hard but was unable to answer a number of queries of mine about casting vessels in Jesmonite. He also recommended an approach that failed - on the other hand we were being experimental so that was not all bad. I'm glad i went.
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Rita
12 Jan
I left the course feeling confident that I can continue to use Jesmonite independently as well as apply it in a wide range of different ways in my practice. Instructor was knowledgable, helpful and informative. We had a series of demonstrations that we could then go away and try out on our own ideas. I came away with a range of exciting and dynamic objects.
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julie
13 Jan
It’s was amazing, teaching was individual and well paced font of information. Group size was just right. I learnt so much and loads of material to use. I highly recommend sculpture work shop courses.
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Megan
13 Jan
Really informative and fun course with plenty of time to experiment with different techniques.
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John
20 Mar
Good teaching. Generous with the materials. Helpful staff. Only negative comments are: There must be a reason that 5/10 students turned up believing that we would be making our moulds from which to cast something in jesmonite. It was certainly not clear that the only mould making was constructing basic metal forms. There were no handouts. We all took notes but the tutor said that hand outs would be sent to us by email ; none have arrived yet. They would have been useful during the course. I know that the jesmonite info sheets give all the technical stuff but even just a list of suppliers and details of accessories such as the silicon spray and the spray on wax release agent would have been useful. But all in all a very worthwhile course.
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Rosina
21 Mar
A really enjoyable workshop covering many topics (colouring, using lookalike stone, metal fillers, and quadrelax glass), I felt that I learnt a lot and left feeling very inspired. The tutor was very knowledgeable, and able to suggest ideas to help me develop my work.
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Dawn
16 Aug
Very enjoyable course with knowledgeable, friendly and helpful tutor. Loads of jesmonite material to play with and an excellent opportunity to try different variations of the material without having to invest in large quantities initially. I took some small plastic tubs and moulds with me but you can make simple metal moulds at the workshop otherwise. Easy to find - great view of the Thames - free parking and good places for lunch! Came away with much better understanding of the material and lots of ideas. Thanks very much.

Class location

Woolwich
Unit 0, Harrington Way
SE18 5NR
London

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About your host, London Sculpture Workshop

London Sculpture Workshop is an independent sculpture studio in Woolwich, South East London, located within Thames Side Studios, offering exceptional facilities for artists and those interested in making three-dimensional work.

Our short course programme covers a wide variety of technical and skill-based processes, taught by practicing artists in superbly equipped workshops. We teach a range of skills including welding, casting, mould making, metal and wood work, ceramics and hot metal practices.

London Sculpture Workshop is a not-for-profit, community interested company, established in 2012 by artists Giles Corby and Jessica Mello, trained at RCA and Slade. LSW has partnered with a number of prestigious organisations including; The British museum, The Crafts Council, CRISIS, The Architecture Association and Oxford Brooke's University. In 2013 and 2014 LSW was awarded the Chelsea Arts Club Trust ‘Artist Run Space Award’ and awarded a grant for our work from the Mayor of London in 2016.

We offer Day, Evening and Weekend courses - ranging from a 3 hour Introduction to Welding to a 6 day Bronze Casting Course, available to book throughout the year.

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Notes

Please wear protective clothing.Masks, gloves and basic materials for a small size cast are included.Please note: The cost of the course includes 1kg of jesmonite. Additional jesmonite is available to purchase on the day if required.

Age Requirement

18

Flexible cancellation policy

Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.

Sculpting and Casting with Jesmonite Course
by London Sculpture Workshop
Two session course
£295 per person
Two session course
from £295 per person