Introduction to Sculpture 101 at Caswell Gallery and Firebird Bronze
Monday and Thursday, February 17-March 6,2014, 6-8 PM
Rip Caswell is offering a unique opportunity for aspiring sculptor. 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.

Week 1: Design and sculpt at Caswell Gallery in under the guidance of Rip Caswell.
Monday, February 17 and Thursday, February 20; 6:00-8:00 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.

Week 2: Gating, burn out and pour at Firebird Bronze Foundry in Boring.
Monday, February 24 and Thursday, February 27; 6:00-8:00 PM

Monday: Our Foundry expert 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. Invite a friend or spouse. We will have a potluck (hot dogs and burgers on us) and watch the bronze pouring.

Week 3: Chipping, sandblasting, polish and patina At Firebird Bronze Foundry in Boring.
Monday, March 3 and Thursday, March 6; 6:00-8:00 PM

Monday: Our Foundry expert 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 and complete your piece; attach a base (optional). You are now an experienced sculptor!

Cost: $495 (materials included)
If you want a base for your piece there will be an additional charge of $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
First Friday: Students will display their finished pieces on First Friday, April 4