Early Fee

Mould Making and Casting

$800.00 $725.00

18 – 22 January 2021, Monday to Friday 9.30am-4.30pm. Early Fee ends 14 December 2020
Claire Tennant

Learn how to create sculptures using clay, silicone moulds and plaster casts in this exciting new course. Extend your skills as a sculptor through a step-by-step process that begins with making an artwork in clay which is then turned it into a silicone mould and cast in plaster, and completed using various professional finishing and patination techniques.

Full details below: course overview, course delivery, lecturer profile and art materials

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Full Details

Term: Summer School Week Two 2021
Start Date: 18 January 2021
End Date: 22 January 2021
Day: Monday to Friday
Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Number of classes: 5

Teacher: Claire Tennant
Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Full Fee: $800.00
Early Fee: $725.00
Concession Fee: $765.00
Location: National Art School

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

Course Overview

Extend your skills as a sculptor as you learn how to create clay sculptures using silicone and plaster moulds. Claire Tennant leads you through step-by-step processes, beginning with making an artwork in clay, then turning it into a mould to be cast in plaster. She shows you how to make a reusable silicone and plaster jacket mould of your clay artwork, cast a positive from the mould, and apply various professional finishing and patination techniques. Discover the various types of silicones and how to choose the right mould-making technique for the job at hand. Claire covers the challenges involved in using the medium of plaster, as well as common casting problems and practical applications of mould-making techniques. Open to students of all levels of experience.

Lecturer Profile

Claire Tennant is a moulding and casting professional who runs her own workshops in Marrickville. With over 15 years’ industry experience, she has worked on a number of feature films in Australia and abroad, as well as with many high-profile artists, advertising campaigns and exhibitions. She predominantly works with visual artists to create and replicate their sculptural works in a variety of materials not limited to bronze, resins, silicones and gypsums. Claire brings with her a wealth of knowledge and an exceptional learning environment. Her passion for the arts is contagious and her determination to impart.


2 kg Silicone – to be purchased from NAS, approximately $50 (cheaper than buying from other suppliers)
2 x 1-inch cheap paint brushes
4 x 1 litre ice cream or other plastic container
Bring an old towel and apron


Parkers Fine Art Supplies have a location of the NAS campus and offer a discount for NAS short courses students. To discuss and order art materials please contact Parkers on +61 2 9247 9979 or email parkersartsupplies@aapt.net.au
Website https://www.parkersartsupplies.com/


Students enrolled in the NAS Summer School who wish to visit Parkers Art Supplies are welcome to enter the campus from 11 December 2020.  There are strict Covid-19 protocols in place which must be followed:

  • Access is from 11-23 December 2020 and from 4 January onwards
  • Access is expressly for visiting Parkers Art Supplies (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm and Sat 10am-2pm)
  • Entrance is via the Forbes St gate
  • Security guards will undertake Covid-19 protocols and check your name/course/program
  • Register with QR Code

We appreciate your adherence to the NAS Covid-19 protocols to ensure a safe and happy campus for all.

Covered footwear is essential in all studio spaces on campus.

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