Course Description

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This studio course is designed for students to begin investigating a range of historical and contemporary mould-making techniques and applications in art practice. Students will experiment with techniques that range from basic plaster piece-moulds to mixed-media, constructed and reductive moulds. Students will also be encouraged to explore the possibilities of malleable and site-based casting. General mould making and casting materials will include plaster, cement, wax, clay, rubbers, polymers and organic materials like gelatin. Slide presentations, short readings and discussions on the use of mould making in contemporary and historic art practices will supplement the course's studio work.


  • Become familiar with techniques that range from fabricating basic piece moulds (constructed of either ridged plaster and/or flexible rubber materials) to mixed media assembled and reductive moulds,
  • Explore various possibilities of malleable mould and mould making for site casting, in the spirit of experimentation,
  • Participate in short readings and presentations on the use of mould making in contemporary art. 

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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