Patina Workshop at Firebird Bronze on March 30
484220_522420251115146_902072225_nIf you’ve always wanted to learn how bronzes get their beautiful patinas, this is the class for you. Production manager, and foundry artist, Lonnie Paola will demonstrate a full range of  patinas and share highly guarded recipes that have been developed over years of experience. Students will leave with patina recipes and a supply resource list. This workshop will be held at Firebird Bronze Foundry in Boring. Workshop will break for a 1/2 hr. lunch, so bring something if you like. There is a café & coffee shop in the neighborhood.
Date and Time: Saturday, March 30, 2013, 10-2:30
Cost: $175
Firebird Bronze Address: 27534 SE Hwy. 212, Boring, OR,

Sculpture 101 in April
Introduction to Sculpture 101 at Caswell Gallery and Firebird Bronze Rip Caswell is offering a unique_Q0A0653 opportunity for aspiring sculptors. Rip will coach and critique your creation from molding the clay to adding the patina. You will begin working in Rip’s Studio at Caswell Gallery in Troutdale and finish your piece at Firebird Bronze Foundry in Boring.

For those of you who would like to take Sculpture 101, but are unable to come on weeknights, Rip will be offering a 3 day intensive workshop on two consecutive weekends in April. The class will cover be the same number of hours and material as the weekday class.
Dates and Times: Saturday and Sunday, April 6 & 7, and April 13, Noon-4:00PM
Cost: $495

Students will have the option of exhibiting their sculptures in the Gallery during the First Friday Art Walk. This is a great opportunity to mingle , present and promote your art to our clientele. They will also  receive a Certificate of Completion from Rip and Firebird Bronze.

Classical Portrait Sculpture I in May
Classical Portrait Sculpture I will be an in-depth study using a live model. Students sculpting Athena's portrait - Copywill learn all aspects of beginning a portrait sculpture from the sitting, photographing, measuring, “roughing out”, to adding the fine details. Rip will share sculpting techniques he has developed over 20 years. Students will be able to take home their life-size clay sculptures. Clay and tools will be provided. Students will have the knowledge to move on to Portrait Sculpture II where they can sculpt their own portrait of choice and cast in bronze. The class takes place at Caswell Gallery. Students will display their sculptures at First Friday, June 7, 5-9PM.
Dates and times: Friday, May 17, 6-9PM; Saturday, May 18, 10AM-4:30PM; Sunday, May 19, Noon-4PM.
Cost: $495.

Classical Portrait Sculpture II in June
Classical Portrait Sculpture II is designed for the Classical Sculpture I student who would like to sculpt a portrait and complete a finished bronze. Students will choose their own portrait subject and will create sculptures in 1/2 life size under the Rip’s guidance and mentorship. Actual sculpting will take place at Caswell Gallery with an open studio arrangement where the student can sculpt in the gallery during open hours. Clay will provided and tools will be available for use while sculpting in the Gallery, although at this level students might want to have their own tools. The class will move to Firebird Bronze in Boring, OR where students will learn firsthand about mold making and casting their bronze using the lost wax method.
Dates and times: All students will attend class orientation on Saturday, June 15 at 10AM. Rip will give an overview of the class. Students can stay and sculpt during the day on Saturday. Additional open studio times will be on Tues, Wed, Thurs, June 18,19 and 20. On Mon, June 24, 6:00-8:30: students will start making their mold at Firebird Bronze and finish at home. Thurs, June 27, 6:00-8:30: students will make their mother mold, sprue, and pour the wax. Mon, July 1, 6:00-8:30: molds will be gated and dipped. Mon, July 8, students will pour the metal, sandblast and clean the sculpture. Thurs, July 11, 6:00-8:30, students will tool the metal and patina and add the base. Students will display their sculptures at First Friday, August 2, 5-9PM.
Cost: $495, plus $50 for materials.

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To register for any of these classes call the Gallery at 503-492-2473.