Classes & Workshops - LifeCasting School of Art
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Classes & Workshops

From beginner to advanced classes in
hand casting, face casting, torso, and
more. We do it all!

Unforgettable Impressions Children’s Keepsakes / 2 Day

Home-Based Workshop:  2.0 Days – 9:30 to 5 pm each day

If you’ve ever wondered how to incorporate an arts and crafts business into your family life, you’re looking in the right place.  Children’s keepsakes are increasingly popular with parents, grandparents and as gifts for baby showers just to name a few.  Children grow so quickly and this fleeting time can be captured by taking a mold impression of feet and hands as treasured keepsakes.  The memorabilia industry is one of the fastest growing businesses and always looking for something unique and personal.  Students who have taken this class have carved out a niche business from home and are enjoying the experience of being their own boss.

We cover belly castings, children and adult hand castings including medallions, framing and display methods as well as samples to take home.  Included are two professional frames used to display your castings. A binder filled with information on forms to use, styles, list of tools and supplies and where to purchase items.  All materials, supplies and tools included during the workshop.

Whether a paying hobby or a full time home business, training with a professional is important. Avoid costly mistakes of trial and error and start your business as soon as you go home.

2 Day Course Outline

– Adult hand casting using 3 min. alginate
– Visit from Mom and baby for two hand and two feet casting sculptures.
– Mother and child hand casting composition and method
– How to create Medallion and Free Form castings
– How to mix and pour casting stone to create “the positive”
– De-molding your castings – what tools to use – problem solving discussion
– Create additional samples to take home

– Completion of all casting sculptures
– Preparing castings for framing
– What finishes and sealers to use
– Understanding framing techniques and formats developed by Life Casting School of Art
– How to prepare and secure the sculptures in-to the shadow box
– Finishing your frames for presentation
– Understanding acid free mats and why it is important
– Presentation of Certificate of Completion from Life Casting School of Art

Cost:  $2400

Register
Dates Available:
March : 23, 24, 25
Location:  TBD
April : 6, 7, 8
Location:  TBD
Important Information:
– Lunch provided each day
– Photographs are permitted
– Dress to mess
– Wear comfortable shoes
– Hotel recommendations can be provided.

Unforgettable Impressions Children’s Keepsakes & Belly Casting Sculptures / 3 Day

Home-Based Workshop:  3.0 Days – 9:30 to 5 pm each day

If you’ve ever wondered how to incorporate an arts and crafts business into your family life, you’re looking in the right place.  Children’s keepsakes are increasingly popular with parents, grandparents and as gifts for baby showers just to name a few.  Children grow so quickly and this fleeting time can be captured by taking a mold impression of feet and hands as treasured keepsakes.  The memorabilia industry is one of the fastest growing businesses and always looking for something unique and personal.  Students who have taken this class have carved out a niche business from home and are enjoying the experience of being their own boss.

We cover belly castings, children and adult hand castings including medallions, framing and display methods as well as samples to take home.  Included are two professional frames used to display your castings. A binder filled with information on forms to use, styles, list of tools and supplies and where to purchase items.  All materials, supplies and tools included during the workshop.

Whether a paying hobby or a full time home business, training with a professional is important. Avoid costly mistakes of trial and error and start your business as soon as you go home.

3 Day Course Outline

– Prenatal Casting with model
– Two applications – a) small cast with alginate, b) large cast with plaster bandage.
– Plaster bandage design and decoration options.
– How to re-enforce both castings
– How to prepare both sculptures for either wall hanging or standing base
– How to mix 3 min. alginate using proper proportions and water temperature
– What tools and materials to use and where to purchase on going supplies
– Discussion with regard to operating a business from home
– Marketing information, list of wholesalers and ongoing support

– Adult hand casting using 3 min. alginate
– Visit from Mom and baby for two hand and two feet casting sculptures.
– Mother and child hand casting composition and method
– How to create Medallion and Free Form castings
– How to mix and pour casting stone to create “the positive”
– De-molding your castings – what tools to use – problem solving discussion
– Create additional samples to take home

– Completion of all casting sculptures
– Preparing castings for framing
– What finishes and sealers to use
– Understanding framing techniques and formats developed by Life Casting School of Art
– How to prepare and secure the sculptures in-to the shadow box
– Finishing your frames for presentation
– Understanding acid free mats and why it is important
– Presentation of Certificate of Completion from Life Casting School of Art

Cost:  $3350

Register
Dates Available
March : 23, 24, 25
Location:  TBD
April : 6, 7, 8
Location:  TBD
Important Information
– Lunch provided each day
– Photographs are permitted
– Dress to mess
– Wear comfortable shoes
– Hotel recommendations can be provided

Face Casting and Mold Making

Workshop/Class Duration:  12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

A sculptural reflection of you. Skin safe water based material used to produce a rubber mold of your face with intricate detail. Learn to create an artistic mold and be guided through each step to reveal a mirror image staring back at you.

– Model provided or bring a model
– Casting face/neck toward back of head with ears
– Using quick setting molding cream to create a “bust”
– Proportions and temperature of water to use.
– Preparing all elements before starting
– What release cream to use on face and hair
– Discussing the pose and expression of model for sculpture
– Using the three-layer application
– Comfort of model primary
– Preparation prior to using gypsum for sculpture positive
– When to de-mold and how to clean your casting sculpture
– How to prepare for mounting the sculpture on a base
– Drying, sealing and additional sculptural effects

Cost:  $250

Register
Dates Available
March 18, 2018
Location: TBD
Important Information
– Bring a notebook, pens and refreshments of choice
– Take home a step by step outline of method(s) used
– Where to purchase materials and supplies
– Alginate and plaster available for purchase
– Certificate of Completion awarded

Introduction to Alcohol Ink Painting

Workshop/Class Duration:  7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Alcohol inks are vibrant fluid paints with movement on non absorbent surfaces. An addictive medium that offers something for all levels. If you’re an artist or a novice and are interested in exploring alcohol inks, this is the place to be.

Take stress out of your life and do something for yourself. Develop your own technique and style once you know it’s versatility.  Inks, blending medium, and papers supplied in this two-hour class.

Take your work home with supporting material the same evening.

Cost:  $59

Register
Dates Available
TBA
Location:  TBD
Important Information
– Dress to mess
– Bring a variety of small brushes.
– Bring rubber gloves

Introduction Acrylic Pouring

Workshop/Class Duration:  7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Acrylic paints are thinned to the point where they will pour in a fluid stream, from a cup onto a canvas, tile or paper.  Terms such as “flip cup” or “dirty pour” refer to layering various color paints in a large plastic cup with additives like silicone and then pouring or flipping onto the canvas. The creation of “cells” from additives are highly desirable when working in this medium.  Proper preparation is necessary as this method can get a bit messy. But it’s pure enjoyment and childlike freedom as we work with this medium. Layering paints in a single cup would seem odd, but wait till you see the results.

Paints and materials included for class. Take your work home that evening.

Cost:  $68

Register
Dates Available
April 13
Location:  TBD
Important Information
– Dress to mess
– Bring rubber gloves

Introduction to Silver Clay For Beginners

Workshop/Class Duration:  7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

What is silver clay? A product made from metal powders mixed with nontoxic binders and water. Metal clay can be shaped just like soft clay and is pliable till fired. A perfect medium to take fingerprint impressions to create pendants, necklaces or key-chains. In this class you will learn how to work with this material from start to finish. Additional classes for more advanced techniques will be available.

In this class you will learn:

– Silver clay for fingerprint impression

– The nature and properties of silver clay and other metal clays

– How to condition the clay and how to keep it moist and ready to use

– Introduction to all tools and their uses

– The various stages to create a piece of jewelry clay stage, use of texture mats, drying process, refining techniques, firing and polishing

We will be making two or three easy pieces using these processes.

Cost:  $225

Register
Dates Available
April 15
Location:   TBD
Important Information
– Dress to mess
– Bring a variety of small brushes
– Bring rubber gloves