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SHORT COURSES INVOLVING MODEL MAKING

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SHORT COURSES IN MODELMAKING

 

WORKSHOPS AT 4D MODELSHOP
Workshops at 4D modelshop

We have now started to run one day model making workshops from our premises.

Please check here for details.

 

 

BASICS OF MOULDMAKING SEMINARS

Basics of mould making and casting

ABOUT THE COURSE

This full day seminar will cover the basics of mould making and casting. Using slides, videos and demonstrations of various techniques and materials we aim to maximise the learning experience.

Dates:

Seminar Location:

Cost:

Contact martin@benam.co.uk to book your place (places are limited and will be filled on a first come first served basis)

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

 

website

Email

t: 44 (0)2087 516521

 

 

SPFX & LIFECASTING

 

ABOUT THE COURSE

Learn How Movie F/X Masters Do It! See How To Create Astonishingly Real Skin Effects.

Dates:

Seminar Location:

Cost:

Contact martin@benam.co.uk to book your place (places are limited and will be filled on a first come first served basis)

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

 

website

Email

t: 44 (0)2087 516521

 

 

ARCHITECTURAL MODEL MAKING FOR BEGINNERS

Short courses at Nottingham Trent University

WHEN?

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WHERE?

NOTTINGHAM TRENT UNIVERSITY
City campus

ABOUT THE COURSE

There's something very special about little buildings - something both fascinating and beautiful.

This practical course will help you to understand how to scale down, read technical drawings and find solutions to some of the challenges of model making.

The skills learnt on this course are easily transferable to other disciplines and will help you understand design and visualise space.

To attend this course no previous experience is necessary, just plenty of enthusiasm.

It's ideal for anyone interested in model making such as hobbyists, students, graduates and architecture professionals as well as theatre set designers, photographers and artists who'll find the skills very useful in their own practice.

On this course you will:

What will you gain?

Upon completing this course you'll have a unique set of skills to enable you to continue model making with confidence.

The work you'll create will be ideal for building your portfolio as well as improving your architectural knowledge.

“The facilities are amazing! I can’t believe the resources available.” CV

"Brilliant course. A great introduction and knowledgeable tutor." SR

Course cost: £575 per person

Further information & booking: website

 

 

MODEL MAKING AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY

 

WHEN?

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WHERE?

NOTTINGHAM TRENT UNIVERSITY
City campus

ABOUT THE COURSE

Designers and makers today are using laser cutting and 3D printing to create models and parts, ranging from simplistic forms to detailed working prototypes.

These methods have become quick and affordable means to produce and develop one-off items.

This course will therefore give you an understanding and hands-on experience of both laser cutting and 3D printing, with opportunities to explore materials and samples to see how each method works, and to work on a personal project.

The course is aimed at professionals, hobbyists and students working in architecture, craft and design who would like a general understanding and experience of these technologies.

There will be demonstrations, group tutorials and individual activities to explore this fascinating subject.

A basic knowledge of 2D and 3D CAD (Computer Aided Design) software is useful but not essential, but a willingness to learn and experiment is vital.

All the materials will be supplied.

On this course you will:

With support from the tutor and in discussion with fellow delegates, you will research a project of your choice based on your own design concept.

Your project could be a design or art project that you’re currently working on that you wish to develop, or it could be an idea you’re itching to make a reality.

What will I gain?

Upon completion of the course you’ll have an overview of digital technology in model making and design, and an understanding of how these can be used in your work.

Seminar Cost: £450 per person

Further information & booking: website

 

 

LIFE CASTING

 

WHEN?

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WHERE?

NOTTINGHAM TRENT UNIVERSITY
City campus

ABOUT THE COURSE

Have you ever wondered how Iron Man and Spidey fit so snugly into their costumes, or how special effects masks are made for your favourite movie stars?

Whether you’re a film enthusiast, fine art sculptor or an aspiring SFX artist, this one-day workshop will lay the foundations from which you’ll learn to make your very own life cast sculpture directly from the human form.

The workshop will also include a live demonstration of the mould making and casting process involved in replicating an area of a torso from a male model.

This workshop is a valuable opportunity for aspiring designers interested in creative and fine art practices, and would prove useful to those teaching or studying these subjects in search of inspiration and wanting to expand their skills.

On this course you will:

What will you gain?

By the end of the workshop you’ll have a good working understand of the basic materials and processes most commonly used within contemporary life-cast sculpture projects.

You will leave with a cast of your own hand and, more importantly, the appropriate technical knowledge and skills that will enable you to go on creating more of your own sculptures in a safe and fun way.

Seminar Cost: £225 per person.

Further information & booking: website

 

 

MODELMAKING - AN INTRODUCTION

 

WHEN?

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WHERE?

ARTS UNIVERSITY BOURNEMOUTH
Wallisdown
Poole
Dorset
BH12 5HH

ABOUT THE COURSE

An insight into the world of professional modelmaking, where you will discover the processes, materials and techniques used to create amazing models, puppets, sets and props.

Taught by professional modelmakers Gideon Bohannon and Sarah Bohannon, during the course you will have the opportunity to create a different model each week using a number of key skills used by the industry.

You will learn architectural modelmaking, sculpting, mould-making, armature building, casting, prop making, set building, and 3D printing. Working with resins, silicones, plastics and polymer clays the course encourages you to develop your own abilities, culminating in a personal project driven by you.

From props and sets to architectural models, sculpted figures to rubber faces you will be challenged to produce professional models working in a rewarding, fun and vibrant environment.

Seminar Cost: £299 per person.

Further information & booking: website

 

 

MODELMAKING TECHNIQUES

David Neat model making short course

COURSE LEADER

David Neat

Course dates:  TBA

ABOUT THE COURSE

David Neat is a professional model-maker with more than 30 years experience in theatre, film, 3D design, architecture and exhibitions. He is a practicing sculptor and a qualified teacher. His book ‘Model-making: Materials and Methods’, a comprehensive, interdisciplinary book on model-making, was published by Crowood Press in 2008 and is fast becoming a teaching standard.’

David’s emphasis in these workshops is on accessible techniques of building, modelling, surfacing and finishing relevant to designers and makers in various disciplines. There is a focus on ‘realism’ in representation, geared more to theatre and film work, but the aim in keeping the course solidly materials-based and covering as many of those as possible in a short course may even stimulate architectural or product model-makers looking for something new. Each session will offer a wealth of information, supported by specially prepared examples and worksheets, and clarified through demonstrations and practical exercises.

Areas covered include: Methods of constructing or shaping with card, plastics and foams; methods of making model furniture; mouldmaking in silicone rubber and casting in polyurethane resin; modelling with soft materials; techniques of soldering (demonstration); scenics, such as plants and trees; various surface/texture treatments and paint finishes.

Materials are provided, and participants need only bring some basic tools. Each will also bring with them their own varied knowledge and talent, making this a valuable opportunity to discuss and compare personal experience. Whether a beginner, or with more of a hobby interest, or a professional seeking more specific guidance…this unique course will help you on your way.

The cost per person will be £330. At present places are limited to just 6, for the most effective teaching and participation. This does however mean that courses do tend to book up quickly!

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

 

website

Email

t: 07989 474786

 

 

MODELLING, MOULDMAKING & CASTING

 

COURSE LEADER

David Neat

Course dates: TBA
MakeBelieve Arts, Creek Rd SE8 3BT

ABOUT THE COURSE


Participants are asked to bring some small objects for casting with them, fully 3D for 2-part mouldmaking and also simpler one-sided forms (or anyone who prefers can use objects from my own stock of examples). Independent projects may also be accommodated after discussion in advance if they involve the same, or similar, scheduled materials and processes ..i.e. it may be difficult to give them that much separate attention.

We begin by looking at the various mouldmaking options and preparing the 3D objects, culminating later in making both hollow and solid castings. The practical emphasis of the course is on mouldmaking using a standard, general-purpose silicone rubber and then casting in a few of the most commonly used materials .. principally polyurethane resin, casting plaster and polymer-modified plaster ( aka.‘Jesmonite’ ).

We will also look at other mouldmaking materials such as re-meltable Vinamold; liquid latex; life-casting alginate and so-called ‘Oogoo’.

By the third day the moulds are ready to start casting in different materials, including the addition of colourants and fillers, or press-casting in Sculpey and Polymorph. We will also be considering metallic ‘cold casting’ with polyester resin and absorption casting using latex or clay slip. Finally attention is given to methods of painting or patination.

The course is full-time, Monday to Friday, starting at 10.00 and finishing at 5.30 each day. The cost per person is £400 and all practical materials (and a full instructional CD) are included.

DAVID NEAT

More than 25 years experience as a sculptor, model-maker and specialist tutor/lecturer at many of the leading art/design colleges. His other short courses in model-making are much in demand. He is author of the book Model-making: Materials and Methods, published in 2008 and fast becoming a teaching standard.

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

 

website

Email

t: 07989 474786

 

 

Costume and Set Design for 16 - 18 Year OldsUAL: WIMBLEDON

COSTUME AND SET DESIGN FOR 16-18 YEAR OLDS

COURSE LEADER

Jacqui Gunn

Course dates: TBA
Cost: £599
Wimbledon College of Arts, Merton Hall Road SW19

ABOUT THE COURSE

Step behind the scenes as you enter the magical world of film and theatre! We will waste no time in getting you experimenting and exploring with a range of materials. Working with an enthusiastic and experienced artist, you will to translate your ideas into sketches, illustrations and small scale models as you find out what goes on behind the scenes to bring characters and settings, magically, to life.

You will have created a scale model supported by sketches and illustrations.

Suitable for students aged 16 – 18 years, with an interest in theatre, film and performance or for those considering further studies in art and design.

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

 

website

Email

t: 020 7514 6311

 

 

CITY LIT

City Lit is London’s largest college for adult students and located close to Covent Garden.

City Lit offers short courses in Model making, Interior design and decoration, decorative surface treatment, garden design and computer aided design (Sketch up Pro, Vectorworks).

DESIGN AND MODEL MAKING

An introduction to three dimensional model making, using a variety of simple materials and techniques to achieve effective 3D models, suitable for architecture, interior design or photographic/ art projects.  This course is for beginners, plus projects for advanced students.

You will be taught by experienced modelmakers, working with London's leading architectural and design practices.

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

 

website

Email

t: 020 7492 2600

 

 

LONDON SCULPTURE WORKSHOP

London Sculpture Workshop offer a number of excellent short courses.

Whether you wish to develop a skill or technique, they offer a range of courses including Ceramics, Casting, Drawing with Steel, Plaster Mould-Making, Wax Modelling, Welding for Artists and many more.

 

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

 

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TWO DAY UPHOLSTERY COURSES

Dates: various
Run by: J A Milton

Our upholstery courses are designed both for beginners and the more advanced. Classes are small with 4-6 students and most courses have a tutor plus an assistant to ensure everyone gets time with the tutor but work and learn at their own speed.

The classes take place in our workshop in Ellesmere, Shropshire from around 9:15am until 5pm including a cold buffet lunch and refreshments throughout the day. If you would like to come to us for a course we can recommend some of our local accommodation.

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

 

website

t: 01691 624023