Introduction to Sculpture 101 at Caswell Gallery and Firebird Bronze
Rip Caswell is offering a unique opportunity for aspiring sculptors to learn about sculpting and lost wax casting with acclaimed sculptor Rip Caswell. You will begin working in Rip’s Studio at Caswell Gallery in Troutdale. Using your own design, Rip will guide you through the sculpting process and you’ll learn about the casting and patina process first hand when you finish your piece with Production Manager, Lonnie Paola at Firebird Bronze Foundry in Boring. When you take home your own miniature bronze sculpture, perhaps a heirloom, you might even be inspired to start your own artistic journey.sculpting tools

Week one: Design and sculpt at Caswell Gallery in under the guidance of Rip Caswell.
Monday, 3/4 and Thursday, 3/7, 2013
6:30-8:30 PM

Monday: Bring your idea and start to sculpt. You will create your rough sculpture and refine your piece at home.
Thursday: Rip will critique and help you to refine your piece for the foundry. The class will move to the foundry for an orientation and tour with Lonnie Paola.

_Q0A0653Week two: Gating, burn out and pour at Firebird Bronze Foundry in Boring.
Monday, 3/11 and Thursday, 3/14, 2013
6:30-8:30 PM

Monday: Foundry and casting expert, Lonnie Paola, will walk you through the entire foundry process. You will then learn how to “gate” your piece and dip your piece in slurry and sand to create the shell.
Thursday: You will watch your piece burned out from the shell and cast. Your piece may be cool enough to come out and be “chipped”. Some will be carried over to next week.

Week 3: Chipping, sandblasting, polish and patina At Firebird Bronze Foundry in Boring._Q0A0714
Monday, 3/18 and Thursday, 3/21, 2013
6:30-8:30 PM

Monday: Lonnie will demonstrate chipping and sandblasting. You will sand and polish your piece to get it ready for the patina.
Thursday: You will apply a basic patina to your piece and attach a base (optional). You are now an experienced sculptor! 

Bronze sculpture by Rip CaswellCost: $495 (materials included); optional base is additional $25. To register call Rip Caswell Sculptures at 503-492-2473.

Note: Sculpture design must be original work and no larger than 6″H x 3″W x 3″D

COMING IN APRIL: For those of you who would like to take Sculpting 101, but are unable to come on weeknights, Rip will be offering a 4 day intensive workshop on two consecutive weekends in April. The class will be the same number of hours and cover the same material, but will take place on Saturday and Sunday, April 6 & 7, and April 13 & 14. Exact times will be determined. Cost is $495. To register, please call the Gallery.