This course introduces the aesthetic, technical, and historical aspects of the metal casting process. Students will learn basic skills in pattern making, sand casting investment, furnace operation, and finishing. Found objects, wood and foam fabrication, wax working, and direct hand building in plasticine will be the primary techniques for pattern generation and molding in this course. Students will develop these skills through a couple of projects casting metal at a small scale. The class focus will be on casting bronze and aluminum. Our foundry uses resin bonded sand investment to create the mold's into which the metal is poured. This course requires students to work at home outside of class on patterns for the casting process. Each student can expect at least two or more cast objects by the end of the course.
TUITION: $335 + FEES: $150
Joshua Reiman is an artist working in sculpture, film, video and photography. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the United States, in Germany, France, Spain, Australia, Egypt, Estonia, and Morocco. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at The Maine College of Art where he teaches in the MFA in studio art + sculpture. Josh has an MFA in sculpture from Syracuse University and a BFA in sculpture from the Kansas City Art Institute. Exhibitions include the Portland Museum of Art, NAPOLEON Philadelphia, Hallwalls Buffalo, NY, NKV Wiesbaden, Germany, Space Gallery Portland, and The Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, NY. Reiman is also a contributing writer for Sculpture Magazine. www.joshuareiman.com
Students need to wear long sleeve shirt, long pants, leather shoes, no synthetics. Studio fee includes mold making materials, gas, and consumables. Students pay by weight for metals.