On Friday, I went on a sculpture workshop at work run by Lois Cordelia. I had singed up for this workshop ages ago, literally right after she did her first one at work. I saw what the students were doing last time and how much fun they were having and just thought about how much I would love to do it!
To start off, Lois talked through all her sculptures she had brought with her, and how she had made them. She also taked through the different bits and bots she had with her they she puts in her sculptures.
To start, we each had a pack of wire that’s to be used as the base of our models. This wire was super flexible so was perfect to make kinds of shapes. Lois suggested that we start trying to make a stick man. Here are the start of the legs on my stick man.
I continued with the rest of the wire until I got my little man. It was suggested to twist the wire to make it stronger, so I wrapped the wire all around the model to keep its shape. The second picture is my finished stick man.
As I finished my stick man early, I started on another model. I thought I would try and go for something different so I tried to make a mermaid. I found it a little tricky to get the tail shape right, but I just tried to experiment and see what I liked. I liked this shape because looked like she was sitting down.
After both the models were done, I moved on to creating a hook for the back of my stickman. I used a pipecleaner to wrap it around the body and create a loop at the back so she could be hung up.
I then moved onto the mod rock part of it. We cut up lots of strips of the plaster then had a tub of what to dip the plaster in, then wrapped in around the wire to get the desired shape. My original idea of this model was going to be a girl ina dress. However, the more I worked on this one, the more the idea changed. After I covered the whole of it in plaster, I started to make a skirt shape out of tin foil. I used shorter pieces of tin foil, then made it longer the more it was reinforced. I wanted the skirt to stand out so tin foil then plaster over the top was the best to use.
I let my stickman dry and moved onto my mermaid. I did the same thing as the stickman and started to build up the plaster to get the shape I wanted. I wanted to give this one more of a rough texture so I added in some pipecleaners and some pompoms. I wrapped some more plaster over some of the pipecleaners and pompoms to make it look like bits are growing on her. I then started to add in some paint with the plaster. I liked how Lois did this because gives it a more natural look.
I moved back onto the stickman again. I reinforced the skirt again, then realised that it would look perfect with some wings. I twisted some pipecleaners together then plastered them onto the back. I loved these wings and thought they made my model look like a fairy. This is how I had to leave her because I had to leave her as we ran out of time.