Bronze Casting**


4 May to 22 Jun, 10am to 4.30pm
Clara Hali

Discover the mystery of bronze, from modelling a figure in wax, to making the ceramic shell casting and planning a sculpture to cast in bronze.

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Term: Term 2 2019
Start Date: 4 May 2019
End Date: 22 June 2019
Time: Saturdays, 10am-4.30pm
Number of classes: 7
Teacher: Clara Hali

**This is a 7 week course with a 1 week break for technical reasons and concludes on 22 June.

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Age: 16 and over
Early Fee: $1020.00
Early Concession Fee: $970.00
Location: National Art School
Availability: Available

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

course overview

Discover the mystery of bronze, from planning a sculpture to casting in bronze. Model a figurative sculpture in wax, then make the ceramic shell casting, including sprueing the waxes, burning out the ceramic moulds, pouring the metal, and using metal chasing and patina techniques. Expert figurative sculptor Clara Hali demonstrates methods, teaches skills and guides you through this exciting process; all materials supplied (excluding bronze).

teacher profile

Clara Hali is one of Australia’s leading figurative sculptors. She has exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions for 30 years and received numerous awards and commissions. Clara was awarded the Sculpture by the Sea Distinguished Invited Artist Award, has a Master’s Degree in Fine Art, and is represented by Beaver Galleries, Canberra. She exhibits regularly at Sculpture by the Sea and lectures in the Sculpture Department at the National Art School. Her work is held in many public and private collections in Australia, as well as in New Zealand, the USA, Singapore, Italy and Holland.

Note: the course fee is higher due to material costs and limited student numbers.

materials list

For the first class bring the following materials:

  • 3 old kitchen knives of varying tips (or similar tools for modelling wax)
  • Sketchbook and drawing media such as a pencil to jot down notes and ideas
  • Hot water bottle
  • Plastic shopping bags (4 or more)
  • One square metre bubble wrap
  • Old wood or plastic kitchen chopping board

Clara Hali will discuss other materials in the first class, including the requirements of the bronze, which she will buy it in bulk (as you can’t buy it in small amounts). The cost of bronze to each student is dependent on the sizes of the sculptures to be made. Students generally spend between $60 – 150 on bronze.

Protective clothing and covered footwear essential


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