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SHORT COURSES INVOLVING MODEL MAKING

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SHORT COURSES IN MODELMAKING

 

1-DAY MODEL MAKING WORKSHOP – USE OF CASTING MATERIALS FOR ARCHITECTURE MODELS

 

COURSE LEADER

Armor Rivas

Saturday 24th June

09:30am - 4:30pm at 4D modelshop

Course fee: £45

ABOUT THE COURSE

A part of the London Festival of Architecture Atelier La Juntana and 4D Modelshop are organizing a 1-day practical course designed for architects, model-makers, artists, or anyone wishing to discover the world of model making through casting materials.

The course will give participants an overview of the world of casting materials and its use for architectural models, covering different techniques and materials such as silicone moulds, alginate, plasterboard, concrete and resin.

Both beginner with little experience and those with professional ambitions are welcome to participate.

The course is taught across a series of short exercises combining theory and practice, solved through direct experimentation and manufacturing, and will include techniques such as carving, moulding, and casting. Students will take with them all the work produced during the course and an instructional publication on the use of the materials together with a diploma will be provided upon completion of the course.

The number of participants is limited to 12 people.

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

 

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MODELMAKING IN THE DIGITAL AGE

 

COURSE LEADERS

Armor and Nertos Gutiérrez Rivas

The next course: 3rd - 9th March 2017

ABOUT THE COURSE

Atelier la Juntana short course
Do you want to discover the world of Modelmaking while staying in a Natural Park in the North of Spain?

Atelier La Juntana, in collaboration with the Architecture Official College of Cantabria and the Polytechnic University of Madrid, is organising the second edition of the summer workshop ‘Model Making in the Digital Age’ for architects (both students and professionals) and makers willing to investigate and discover different techniques and materials, while developing an architectural model. The workshop will particularly observe the relationship between traditional craft and digital design.

Led by architects Armor and Nertos Gutiérrez Rivas, along with interdisciplinary artist Daniel Gutiérrez Adán, the next workshop will take place at Atelier La Juntana, located in Santander. Both beginners with little prior experience and those with specific professional interests are invited to participate.

The workshop is a full-time course, Saturday to Saturday,starting at 09.30am and finishing at 5.30pm each day, with a total of 56 learning hours. Each participant will have his or her own working space; access to Wi-Fi and the library, printer and plotter; a resting area in the garden; and access to a small kitchen. Accommodation (bed and breakfast) in the surroundings of the workshop is also provided.

The course is recognised by the Polytechnic Architecture University of Madrid as part of the University Programme, and students are granted 2 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) upon completion.

The course is taught across a series of short exercises combining theory and practice, through which students are challenged to solve a given brief by means of making.

Varying in scale and duration, the exercises will be conducted through direct experimentation and manufacturing, and will include techniques such as embossing, etching, carving, moulding, and casting, making the students aware of the production time and process.

 

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BASICS OF MOULDMAKING SEMINARS

 

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

 

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t: 44 (0)2087 516521

 

 

ARCHITECTURAL MODELMAKING

 

WHEN?

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WHERE?

ARTS UNIVERSITY BOURNEMOUTH
Wallisdown
Poole
Dorset
BH12 5HH

ABOUT THE COURSE

Improve your understanding of the ways that architects and designers use models.

You may have already completed our Modelmaking – An Introduction course, or have experience of architectural or industrial design.

This 10 week, fast paced intermediate course will encourage your understanding of the way that architects and designers use models.

You will explore the work of professional modelmakers before producing accurate models yourself, using professional techniques, with guidance and direction given by specialist tutor Will Strange, who is an experienced professional modelmaker and Senior Lecturer (BA Modelmaking) at Arts University Bournemouth.

Laser cutting and CAD / CAM techniques will be discussed and explored as part of this course, where you will gain experience of using plastics, card, rigid foams, carving, shaping and finishing techniques.

Simple architectural and product development modelmaking will be explored before you are challenged to model one of your own designs or a classic piece of architecture / design.

Your finished results will be valuable as an addition to your portfolio, for students looking to study higher-level courses, or the perfect foundation for further courses related to architecture and design.

Throughout the course you will be shown examples of professional practice, be introduced to recommended books about modelmaking and gain insight into an inspiring, creative and sometimes overlooked career option.

Seminar Cost: £269 per person.

Booking: website

 

 

MODELMAKING - AN INTRODUCTION

 

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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: £269 per person.

Booking: website

 

 

MODELMAKING TECHNIQUES

 

COURSE LEADER

David Neat

The next course: please check website

ABOUT THE COURSE

David Neat model making short courseThis is a 5 day intensive course in Deptford in south east London.

It is assumed that those interested will already have the basics, but want to extend their repertoire of techniques and understanding of different materials. It is aimed at practitioners in a variety of disciplines.

David Neat is a professional modelmaker with 23 years experience in theatre, film, 3D design, architecture and exhibitions. He is a Motley graduate, a practicing sculptor, and Associate Lecturer at Wimbledon College of Art, also Visiting Lecturer at Rose Bruford College, Central School of Speech and Drama and RADA. His new book 'Model-making: Materials and Methods', an instructional guidebook through the materials and processes of modelmaking, was published in 2008.

His emphasis in these workshops is on accessible techniques of building, modelling, surfacing and finishing which are largely common to all the above disciplines, and relevant both to designers and makers. Each session will offer a wealth of information, supported by specially prepared examples and clarified through demonstrations and practical exercises. Areas covered include: -

Many materials are covered, while both traditional and new techniques are explored. Another emphasis is the reliance on simple tools rather than complicated or expensive machinery.

All materials for the practical exercises are included within the price. Participants must however bring their own essential equipment (such as scale-rule, scalpel, cutting mat and soldering iron). A complete list will be forwarded prior to the begin.

Each individual will also bring with them their own varied knowledge and talent, making this a valuable opportunity to discuss and compare personal experience. Whether you are a theatre designer wishing to make better, more convincing models; a stop-motion puppet animator searching for the right environment, or an interior designer aiming for the right presentation - this course will help you on the way.

The course costs £300.

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

 

website

Email

t: 07989 474786

 

 

MODELLING, MOULDMAKING & CASTING

 

COURSE LEADERS

David Neat and Astrid Baerndal

The next course: TBC
MakeBelieve Arts, Creek Rd SE8 3BT

ABOUT THE COURSE


A 5-day practical course designed for sculptors, model-makers, prop/puppet-makers or anyone wishing to model and reproduce small forms.

It can cater both for beginners with little prior experience or those with specific professional aims.

The next course date will appear here & on our Twitter account when announced.

Participants are asked to bring at least two small objects for casting with them, one fully 3D (for 2-part mouldmaking) and the other a simpler one-sided form. It may also be possible to accommodate those who have their own modelling/casting project in mind and wish to work partly independently (we need to discuss this far enough in advance).

We begin by preparing the 3D object for mouldmaking in silicone and the stages for this are followed over the first three days, culminating in making either hollow or solid castings in resin or casting plaster, according to personal choice or the nature of the form. During this time we also look at various methods of modelling using a soft clay, including the use of armatures, formers and texturing tools. Participants are guided through modelling an additional relief form in polymer clay suitable for hot-melt vinyl moulding, which takes place on the second day.

The third day also deals with methods of shaping rigid foams (such as styrofoam and polyurethanes) to achieve a variety of shapes, before going on to produce 1-piece moulds for the one-sided forms. Once these are ready the course turns to the various techniques of casting using different materials; including special-effects silicones (suitable for animation puppets), plaster, latex, polyurethane and polyester resins, Sculpey and Polymorph. Particular attention is given to the range of colourants, fillers and additives for plasters and resins which extend the possibilities even further.

Both simple 1-part and 3D 2-part mouldmaking, and 'skin', block or split moulds will be covered throughout the course. We will also be demonstrating alginate, metallic 'cold casting' and absorption casting using latex, clay slip or papier maché. A new addition to the course is the consideration of 'afterwork' and painting/finishing i.e. making repairs to plaster or resin casts and options for painting or patination.

Throughout the course participants are assisted in photographing their work to provide a complete record of making processes and results. Guidance will at the same time be given on photographing artwork/objects for portfolio presentation.

The course is full-time, Monday to Friday, starting at 10.30 and finishing at 5.30 each day. The cost per person is £400 and all practical materials (and an extensive, illustrated instructional CD) are included. Places are limited to 14 per course.

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.

ASTRID BAERNDAL

18 years experience as a visual artist (mixed media), designer and photographer, has been a visiting lecturer at Universität Lüneburg, Germany and course leader in her own studio. As photographer she has specialised in photographing small objects and models, and is photographer for the book Model-making: Materials and Methods

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

 

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Email

t: 07989 474786

 

 

MALVERN SCHOOL OF ART

Malvern School of Art
Albert Road North
Malvern
Worcestershire
WR14 2YH

MODELLING, MOULDING & CASTING


5 weeks
£65 + materials
Led by Charlotte Hern

Knowing how to reproduce your work is an exciting process to learn. By using silicone moulds, numerous highly detailed casts can be taken in a variety of finishes.

Working with an experienced model maker, you will be able to explore modelling techniques in a wide variety of mediums.

Silicone will be used to make moulds of either existing works, or newly created pieces made within the class. From these moulds you can choose to cast in resins or plaster, and experiment with cold cast metals such as bronze and aluminium.

STOP MOTION ANIMATION PUPPET


5 weeks
£65 + materials
Led by Charlotte Hern

This short course will cover the basics of making a character come to life by building a puppet with a wire armature. Time will be taken to look at the stop motion industry, its methods and materials.

We will be looking at a range of techniques and you will be able to choose which type of puppet you would like to make.

Students will come away with the foundations of how to make a ready to animate puppet of your design!

This is a course not to be missed if you want to see how it’s done and do it yourself!

SCALE MODELS


5 weeks
£65 + materials
Led by Charlotte Hern

Making a model to scale that looks convincing is an important part of communicating a design.

Working with a professional model maker this short course will introduce you to interpreting plans and making scale buildings and sets that look great!

Students can make their own projects or be given a brief, anything from an animation set or architectural model of their choice.

This course is a great foundation in model making and can be applied in many creative industries and hobbies.

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

 

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Email

t: 01684 565351

 

 

NOTTINGHAM TRENT UNIVERSITY CREATIVE SHORT COURSES 2016-17

 

MODEL MAKING AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY

Nottingham Trent University

Course Dates: 11th March 2017 – 25th March 2017

Saturdays 10:00 - 16:00, three weeks

Indicative maximum class size: 8

This course provides you with the knowledge of how to use digital technology to produce successful 2D and 3D models.

Course Fee: £295.00

ABOUT THE COURSE

The course is aimed at professionals (and students) working in architecture or design who would like a general overview of the emerging technologies in model making. The course will give you an overview of both laser cutting and 3D printing, with opportunities to complete small tasks to try out each method.

A basic knowledge of AutoCAD and/or SolidWorks is useful but not essential, but a willingness to experiment is vital. This is a completely hands-on course using demonstrations, group tutorials and individual activities to explore this fascinating subject.

ON THIS COURSE YOU WILL

Your personal projects could be a design concept or creative art project that you are currently working on that you wish to develop further, or it could be an idea you were always itching to make a reality. Both laser cutting and 3D printing can be used to make models from a very simplistic form right through to a detailed working model, so you should be prepared to see how far you can take your ideas.

There will also be discussions about companies who can supply services that you might want to explore further.

WHAT WILL I GAIN?

Upon completion of the course you will have an overview of digital technology in model making and the knowledge of how these can be used in your work.

Tutor Profile: James Burkill is part of the technical team at NTU. After graduating with a degree in art and design and completing a part time course in architecture, he has worked in graphic design, product design and architecture specialisms. James has completed a range of design briefs, from technical drawings to model making and final conception.

 

MODEL MAKING FOR DESIGNERS

Course Dates: 4th February 2017 – 4th March 2017

Saturdays 10:00 - 16:00, five weeks

Indicative maximum class size: 10

This course focuses on how to use a range of materials and processes that can communicate 3D design concepts to their fullest potential. It is ideal for professionals (and students) who work in any design-related discipline.

Course Fee: £480.00

ABOUT THE COURSE

The course will suit anyone who’d like to start modelling or needs to improve on existing skills. It is a practical course made up of demonstrations, group tutorials and individual activities.

ON THIS COURSE YOU WILL

WHAT WILL I GAIN?

You will leave this course with a range of skills for modelling and prototyping which you’ll be able to use in your work, including a piece which can become part of your portfolio.

Tutor Profile: James Burkill is part of the technical team at NTU. After graduating with a degree in art and design and completing a part time course in architecture, he has worked in graphic design, product design and architecture specialisms. James has completed a range of design briefs, from technical drawings to model making and final conception.

 

BEAUTIFUL LITTLE BUILDINGS: ARCHITECTURAL MODEL MAKING FOR BEGINNERS

Nottingham Trent University

Course Dates: check website

Saturdays 10 am - 4 pm, five weeks

Indicative maximum class size: 10

There is 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.

Course Fee: £480.00

ABOUT THE COURSE

There is 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.

ON THIS COURSE YOU WILL

WHAT WILL I GAIN?

Upon completing this course you will have a unique set of skills to enable you to continue model making with confidence. The work you will 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, Summer 2012

"Brilliant course. A great introduction and knowledgeable tutor." SR, Summer 2014

Tutor Profile: James Burkill is part of the technical team at NTU. After graduating with a degree in art and design and completing a part time course in architecture, he has worked in graphic design, product design and architecture specialisms. James has completed a range of design briefs, from technical drawings to model making and final conception.

 

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

 

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Email

t: +44(0)115 848 2813

 

 

MODERN MODEL MAKING FOR ARCHITECTS & INTERIOR DESIGNERS

 

ABOUT THE COURSE

Run by London Metropolotain University from Calcutta House, just by Aldgate East station, this course will guide you through the creation of an architectural model of a project of your own choice with the help of laser cutting technology. Introduction to a range of materials, fast production processes and high levels of precision are all clear advantages of laser cutting technology.

During this short course, you will create a model of your own choice. Depending on the scale of your project, it may need to be simplified to fit into the eight-week course.

The production of physical models is an important part of the design process when testing and presenting your ideas to others. The use of a laser cutter will give you access to a range of materials which are otherwise difficult to work with using traditional hands-on techniques. This will speed up the production process and allow your models to be built to a high level of precision and quality.

We'll also look at materials and techniques which allow you to build models without the use of a dedicated workshop.

This course is suitable for architecture students or architects who want to learn about the production of physical models with the help of laser cutting technology.

You will need:

The assembly of a physical model is a time-consuming task and you may need to work in between the sessions depending on the complexity of your project.

The course costs £765

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

 

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t: 020 7320 1842

 

 

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

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

 

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Email

t: 020 7492 2600

 

 

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

 

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t: 01691 624023