Bart Sanciolo
5 day sculpture and casting workshop
Workshop  SOLD OUT

For beginner and advanced students
Tuesday, then a break followed by 4 consecutive days

Tuesday 16 October, Saturday 20 October, Sunday 21 October, Monday 22 October, Tuesday 23 October, at 12.30 - 5.30pm


Bart Sanciolo’s many public and private commissions include a ten metre, freestanding bronze high-relief depicting Dante’s Divine Comedy. This piece at La Trobe University is now classified as a work of cultural significance by the National Trust. Four over life-size sculpture groups grace the internal moats of 101 Collins Street, Melbourne. There are many more of Bart’s large figures commissioned by religious institutions here and in Europe.

Modelling the human head workshop

Workshop participants, beginner or advanced, will develop a source of interpretation and expression of the subject. The anatomy of the head will be approached with confidence and understanding through drawing and sculpture.

Tuesday 16 October 12.30 - 5.30pm

Day 1: Choosing subject matter

Working drawings of the head – developing front, top and side views. Drafting and proportions. Bart will demonstrate, followed by a hands-on start where participants begin their sculpture.

Saturday 20 October 12.30 - 5.30pm

Day 2: Guidelines and tricks for working with plasticene

Understanding the anatomy of the head and construction of ears, eyes, nose and mouth. Gender and expressive characteristics in sculpture. Participants continue modelling on their sculpture.

Sunday 21 October 12.30 - 5.30pm

Day 3: Working your sculpture

Understanding the expressive potential of distortion. Adding final details. Show and tell – discussion  and evaluation.

Monday 22 October 12.30 - 5.30pm

Day 4: Finish modelling, starting casting

Casting stage 1: Techniques of working with plaster and making a plaster mould. Opening of plaster mould and preparing for casting artwork into plaster.

Tuesday 23 October 12.30 - 5.30pm

Day 5: Casting artwork into plaster

Opening moulds and preparing castings for finishing. Applying finishes. Debriefing; discussion; display and evaluation.

Students will be modeling with plastecine and casting in plaster (all these materials are supplied). Participants wishing to have a bronze cast of their work can take advantage of our foundry group rate.