Summer 2004
Fully Enrolled

ARTS 640
Cast Sculpture, Single and Editions

Zinser,Jerry T.

07/19/2004 - 08/05/2004
Monday-Thursday 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Art Studio North 101

The process of casting sculpture--from the creation of the original art, to the formation of a mold, and then to the pouring, casting and finishing of the final art--is an ancient and fascinating way to make art. Artists such as Degas, Rodin, Brancusi, and Nevelson have been enthralled with the power of cast sculpture. Whether the artist is creating a "single" work of art, that is, the mold of the original may not be used again, or an "edition," in which case more than one sculpture is cast from the original mold, the labor of the process has always been considered worth the effort.

This sculpture class will give students the opportunity to develop small cast sculpture that will be based on a specific idea or theme. The concept of each piece of art, as well as some technical approaches, will be left up to the student, in consultation with the instructor.

For a "single" sculpture, students will make an original piece of art primarily in the form of a relief, using either plastilina or ceramic modeling clay and then make both the mold and the finished art from poured plaster. The process for "edition" sculptures begins with students making an original piece of art, making a mold from either plaster or silicone mold rubber, and then casting in plaster an edition of at least three sculptures that are exactly the same. Depending on the intent, and speed of work of each student, there may be time to do a "free" cast sculpture, of the student's choice.

Grading will be based on the students' active, serious, and committed studio participation and involvement in fulfilling the intent of the course.

This is a studio sculpture class for students who have some experience with sculpture tools and techniques; a working knowledge of some of the tools of a sculpture studio is required. Materials will be provided. There will be some lecture time, some slide presentations, and frequent group and individual critiques. Additional course fee: $55.

Jerry Zinser (B.F.A. Hartford Art School; M.F.A. Rutgers University) is an artist and graphic, architectural, and theater scenic designer.


Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Studio

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 14

Texts to purchase for this course:

Register for Courses

Contact to submit comments or suggestions. 
Copyright Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, 06459