By Sheila Ceccarelli
It was a beautiful day and a perfect opportunity to work outside so we decided to get right in on day 1, of AccessArt’s two week residency at Red2Green, and start with mark making into clay, mould making and casting.
Casting at Red2Green
Students at Red2Green showed no inhibition to working with wet clay and enjoyed the process of mark making into it with clay tools and pressing found natural and made objects including shells, twigs, leaves, string, lace into its surface.
Students were encouraged to work into a basin shape or build walls around their work, strong enough to hold liquid plaster which would be poured into the moulds.
Students completely engaged with the processes and enjoyed mixing and pouring plaster and were delighted with the results.
Guest at Red2Green: turtle skull on loan from Cambridge University Museum of Zoology to inspire the work looking at its natural design, pattern and forms
Making a mould: pattern making into clay and building up clay walls
Student at Red2Green pressing small objects into a clay mould
Mould ready to be filled with liquid plaster to take a cast
Clay mould made by pressing objects from nature into fresh clay
Clay mould ready for liquid plaster to be poured in
Exploring texture and mark making in clay
Students finish their clay work and are ready to take their moulds outside
Clay moulds outside ready for plaster to be poured in to make a cast of marks and imprints
Student learns how to mix plaster
Student pours the mixed, wet plaster into moulds
We all stand at the ready in case there are any leaks in the moulds
Final checks but success! No leaks!
Student removes clay from his cast with Vicky, Red2Green tutor watching
The plaster then sets and we go back inside to peal back the clay and reveal the creations
Working carefully not to damage the fresh plaster surface
Student examines his work and looks at the detail captured by the clay
Student enjoys the unexpected results
Many thanks to students and staff at Red2Green for giving permission to AccessArt to document the session.
Aspire to Create
In autumn 2015, AccessArt was invited to lead a series of practical workshops as part of an Arts Council, Grants for the Arts project, Aspire to Create which was managed and delivered by Red2Green.
Red2Green is a ‘Cambridgeshire charity providing services including learning, leisure and work opportunities for adults with a wide range of disabilities.’
To see all eight workshops in this series, tailored for adult learners, and exploring drawing, casting, printmaking, sculpture and colour, please refer to the Aspire to Create launch page here.