Digital Materiality

In 2017 Firestation Skills Program in both the Sculpture and Media departments will be providing courses for visual artists that explore new modes of making practice that consider new digital technology and more traditional forms of making.
The skills program will be focusing on the potential relationship between these two areas and will investigate aspects of 3D software and design, mould-making, 3D printing and metal casting.
It is envisaged that applicants will participate on all four of the workshops below gaining experience with a variety of different materials and processes.
In order to participate in the Bronze Casting Workshop, completion of Mould Making Level 2 is compulsory.
Reduced rate if signing up for all 3 courses this summer, and preferential attendance at lecture: €430

Mould making Workshop Level 1

  • June 16th - 17th
  • €120
  • All materials will be provided.

Over this two day workshop participants will be introduced to the various stages and materials used in the mould making process. The workshop will start with the basics, making a two piece plaster mould. Following this, participants will be introduced to using silicon rubber and more advanced techniques for mould making. There will be an opportunity to discuss and cast in different materials like wax and resin. No experience of mould making is required.

Mould making Workshop Level 2

  • June 23rd – June 24th
  • €120
  • All materials will be provided.

This two day course builds on the experience of the previous workshop by focusing on the process of mould making and casting objects for a foundry. More advanced mould making processes will be discussed and demonstrated. The process of preparing waxes for bronze casting in a foundry will direct this workshop with an opportunity to visit a working foundry. 

3D Printing for Casting - Lecture / Demonstration

  • Wednesday June 21st
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm
  • FREE
  • Capacity: 25 people, please book with by 12th June.

  • Entry requirements: Preference will be given to those attending Digital Materiality through the summer, but this is a free talk open to the public.

This demonstration will focus on the exciting potential of 3D printing for generating forms for metal casting. Audience will be introduced to Z-Brush software and 3D printing, with emphasis on how these forms can be used as a pattern to cast in bronze. No experience with this software is necessary. 

Bronze Casting Workshop

  • 24th – 26th August (3 days)
  • €220
  • All materials will be provided.

  • Entry requirements: Participants must have completed ‘Mould making Workshop Level 2’ and ‘3D Printing for Casting’ workshops.

Building on the previous workshops this course is designed to introduce participants to the principals of bronze casting. It will include preparation of moulds for casting, bronze casting techniques, metalwork and cleaning. This course will require participants to directly engage in all aspects of the process of casting.