Students achieve lifelike results while learning mold-making techniques, creating casts from their bodies to generate a library of body parts to integrate into sculptures. Sculptural works may include various materials and found objects, allowing for endless possibilities. Individual and collaborative work amasses a collection of cast human parts to then incorporate into unique three-dimensional works. Students’ bodies serve as the primary source material. Mold making, casting, welding and drawing are the primary technical methods covered to discover innovative ways to make dynamic and multifaceted sculptures.
Using Body Double Silk and plaster bandage, students make molds for life casting and produce plaster positives. These casts are then incorporated with wood, steel and found objects.
This workshop consists of demonstrations and studio time to work on mold making, casting, welding and drawing. Students engage in conversations and discussions, looking at artists who work with the figure in unexpected ways.
Charles Long has been teaching art for 20 years, from Harvard to his current position as a professor in the Art Department at the University of California, Riverside. He teaches the methods and philosophies that he happens to be most interested in at the moment. www.tanyabonakdargallery.com/artists/charles-long