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Copies of the world Te Tuhi Pre-visit lesson 3
During this lesson we will be exploring… The Art of Casting Image:http://www.coca.org.nz/artists/70/http://www.coca.org.nz/artists/70/ Before we start, let’s recap what we learnt during our last lesson…
In the last lesson we learnt… the word original means something that is first, something not copied from. the word copy means something trying to look exactly like another. a copy can look like the original but is not exactly the same. an original artwork is something that has been crafted by the artist himself or herself. Mona Lisa c Painted by Leonardo da Vinci
Let’s start this lesson by exploring “The art of casting”. Image:
What is casting and what does it look like? Image: chesterfield.html Casting is an art making process where an artist makes a copy of something else. To make a cast an artist can use materials such as bronze, concrete, wax and plaster to name a few. Bronze cast Wax castConcrete castPlaster cast
To create a bronze cast the artist first has to make a copy of the sculpture using clay or wax. The artist would then surround the outside of the copy with plaster and more clay, leaving a hole at the top. Bronze casting The mould is put in an oven melting the wax and hardening the clay and plaster. The bronze metal is heated until it becomes hot liquid. This is then carefully poured into the mould from the top. Once the bronze becomes hard and is cool enough to touch, the clay and plaster is pulled away revealing the bronze sculpture. Image: Casting Image:
With casting there is always a mould and something to fill that mould with, such as bronze, plaster, concrete or wax. Bronze and concrete are strong and durable materials that can withstand all sorts of weather. Wax and plaster are light and smooth and can be held by a person easily. Some artists will choose a specific material to cast. This is sometimes based on strength, texture, colour and overall appearance. Choosing the right material can be important for the message the artist wants to make. Bronze cast Wax castConcrete castPlaster cast Let’s take a look at some artists who have used casting in interesting ways.
Rachel Whiteread Earlier we saw artist Rachel Whiteread and her concrete cast of a house. For this project Rachel decided to spray every inch of the inside of the house with concrete. This included the walls, ceiling, floor, windows, fireplace, stairs and doors. Once the concrete dried and hardened she pulled away the outside of the house, revealing the concrete and impression of the house. Image:
Michael Parekowhai Māori artist Michael Parekowhai is a well known artist living and working in Auckland city. In 2011 Michael was chosen to represent New Zealand in one of the world’s biggest art shows. For this art show Michael decided to make a life size bronze cast of two grand pianos, both with bronze bulls on top. The artworks reflect Michael’s interest in art that can be seen and heard when played. Bulls are well known in Venice where the art show was held. Image:
Tiffany Singh New Zealand artist Tiffany Singh is well known for her cast artworks made from honey wax. Tiffany casts figures belonging to religions that are of personal importance. Depending on the show Tiffany will cast wax figures, each with different colours. People play an important part to Tiffany’s art. She often invites visitors to exchange something for one of her artworks. This means the artwork changes from her wax figures to objects and notes left by visitors. Image:
Let’s recap on what we have learnt so far… As we have seen, there are many different ways artists use the art of casting…
Casting… is a way of making art and can include using bronze, concrete, wax and plaster. involves choosing the right material for a reason - bronze and concrete are strong and durable while wax and plaster are light and smooth and can be held by a person easily. always involves a mould which the cast (sculpture) is then made from.
Our artwork will be smaller than an A5 piece of paper so the objects we bring need to be small enough to hold During our visit to Te Tuhi, we will create plaster copies of personal objects. Our objects can include toys, plastic jellewery, old coins, our favourite pen or pencil. Any objects that will reflect you. Start looking for objects from home or even the classroom. Test to see if they will fit by placing them on an A5 page.
We look forward to having you all here End of lesson